The analysis of the main characters, Hester, Dimmesdale, Chillingworth, and Holden of The Scarlet Letter and The Catcher in the Rye show that they’re impostures and the main theme of the books’ is hypocrisy. Hester Prynne, the woman in The Scarlet Letter who commits adultery, is mostly the reason why everyone else suffers and the reason of the hypocrisy in the story. During the first scene, she exits the prison with a scarlet letter sewed on her clothing, “in fine red cloth surrounded with elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold thread" (Hawthorne 46). From the start, it is shown that Hester
Delaram Yazdani American Literature 1 Final Exam 21 February 2013 Pearl, From Elf to Treasure The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a story of puritanical society, a kind of society which confronted Hester for having committed the sin of adultery, and expelled her from the community by making her to wear the Scarlet Letter “A”. Pearl is the outcome of the sin. She represents the Scarlet Letter, or better to say, she is the living symbol of the Scarlet letter. However, she meant treasure to her mother, a gift from the Almighty God, and brought liveliness and happiness to her life. ““God gave me the child?” cried she.
The initial wrong committed in The Scarlet Letter was adultery, a sin very easily condemned by the Puritans in the mid 1600’s. It is agreeable that Hester should not have cheated on her husband. Even though, he had been missing for two years and was thought dead, it was still a crime and against their religious beliefs. Hester and Dimmesdale’s sin was a sin based off of pure love for each other. Why else would a preacher long to be with a married woman?
Not only did Abigail accuse innocent people of witchcraft, but also had an affair with a married man, John Proctor. In the late 1600’s it was said to be a sin to sleep with a married man. Because of her affair with John Proctor, I think that Abigail ended up falling in love with John and wanted his wife out of the picture, hence the reason why she falsely accuses her. “I look for John Proctor that took me from my sleep and put knowledge in my heart! I never knew what pretense Salem was, I never knew the lying lessons I was taught by all these Christian women and their covenanted men!
In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne created a character that was truly capable of the embodiment of all that is evil. Mr. Roger Chillingworth, A false name that he had adopted to hide his true identity and intentions. Hester knew his true identity for he was her missing husband Roger Prynne. Chillingworth is a complex person, who had for most of his life hunted for thought and knowledge to increase his intellect “the book worm of great libraries” (53).he took on a young bride, to fulfill what he could not acquire from books, which was a human’s caring warmth of heart to nourish his own soul. After two years of captivity he had found a new purpose for his life, to take out revenge upon the man, who had deluded his only source of human affection in his life.
We contend that this startling and unpleasant introduction is the writer’s way, of letting the reader know; we are to hate and despise this character. As Chillingworth comes into town and sees his wife being punished for the crime of adultery, by having to wear a scarlet A for the rest of her life. He asks a bystander in the crowed why this woman was being punished. He is told, and his immediate reaction is that the man should also be punished. Hester is then taken back to prison where she was being held,
This conception of morality provides the wrong reasons for moral principles. Going back to the child abuse example if God didn’t exist, child abuse wouldn’t be wrong. This is because if God wouldn’t be around to make abuse wrong. However, child abuse would still be malicious so it would still be wrong (Rachel’s and 50-53). Which makes this theory impossible to be right, second even god faring people don’t always agree with everything god states.
While she is married she find out she is pregnant with some else’s child. Puritans looked down upon this greatly. For her punishment, she was convicted of adultery, and forced to wear a scarlet letter, “A” on her dress for the rest of her life. When she was let out of prison, she had to stand on the scaffold for three hours and endure the stares of the townspeople. Nathaniel Hawthorne uses many ways to characterize Hester Prynne, and to show her importance in the development of the plot.
Research on the symbolism of the “A” in The Scarlet Letter Steven Bolzenius Senior Composition, seventh Hour 14 October 2013 The Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, the scarlet letter “A” that Hester Prynne is forced to wear is a sign of her sin and charity. Nathaniel Hawthorne used this letter to represent the good and evil that every human posses. The Scarlet Letter was interpreted differently for each character. Hester chose to wear the scarlet letter with dignity and grace despite the shame and disgrace that surround her wearing the letter. Hester Prynne used the letter as an example of hypocrisy that made up the puritan church at the time.
That thought pattern is rooted in sin and rebellion because the gospel message is centered on repentance of sin and accepting Jesus as Lord. It is not centered on people living as they like and expecting God to adjust his precepts to us in that spiritual state. 2. This culture has become so morally loose until morality is almost non-existent. To live a moral life according to the gospel message is perceived as being too restrictive to a large number of the populace.