Analysis Of Hester Prynne 's ' The Scarlet Letter '

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Chapters 2-3 When Hester Prynne is first introduced in the novel, she comes off as a young woman who has lost all control of her life due to her adultery conviction. In the beginning, Hester appears as one of the stronger characters in the story, as seen by her bravery on the platform in which she is sentenced to stand on for three hours in front of the town. She is described as a woman whose "beauty shone out, and made a halo of the misfortune and ignominy in which she was enveloped” (46) and throughout the second and third chapters, readers soon realize the only bad things about Hester are the choices she has made. Consequently, her decisions and her crimes result in her being condemned by her fellow Puritan citizens. The people of her town view Hester’s initial punishment as a festivity and soon enough a judgemental and subjective crowd accumulates around the platform, all shaming her for cheating on her husband. In addition to Hawthorne 's description of Hester Prynne, he also makes vivid connections between her character and her child’s character in the first few chapters. For example, in chapter two, Hawthorne compares Hester and her child as both being outcasts in their town because adultery is an unforgivable crime which results in eternal shame, and her babe is a child of sin who will “seek a heavenly Father,” and “never know an earthly one” (58) which is out of the norm for the children of this time.
Chapters 4-5
The conversation between hester and her husband is…
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