Hester Prynne : The Sinful Heroine

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The Sinful Heroine Nathaniel Hawthorne is the author of the classic novel the Scarlet Letter based on the Puritan Era in Massachusetts. D.H Lawrence a British writer critiques the novel and gives his opinions on the piece in a persuasive argumentative manner in his critical essay called On The Scarlet Letter. He believes that the heroine of the novel is not the beloved, marvelous character we all believe she is. He uses confident literary techniques like powerful tone, abrupt syntax and classic biblical allusions to convince people that the beloved character Hester Prynne is truly a conniving adulteress who thrives off of stealing one's purity.
The demanding, powerful and persuasive tone Lawrence uses throughout his work makes the reader pay attention to his opinion. He writes that the Scarlet Letter is “perhaps the most colossal satire ever penned”(Lawrence). The comedic ridicule Lawrence is speaking of is the portrayal of the character Hester Prynne as a hero when she is truly an adulteress who goes against God, her community, and her own sex. He uses thunderous and a loud tone to get people to see the truth about her that is not always seen. Lawrence wants people to see the sin she committed not the actual act she did. The tone he uses makes that clear when he believes that Hawthorne “ had to make a fool [out] of purity”(Lawrence). His tone is powerful making the reader realize that what Hester did is sinful and the way the American audience views her is wrong, and

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