Hester as a Self-Reliant Character

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Individualism in a Society-Based World In a society-centered world, living as self-reliant can be a difficult task to accomplish because society puts pressure on its members to conform to its standards. Nonconformists are eluded by society and consequently have difficulty retaining their nonconformist position. According to Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Self Reliance", those who express themselves and dismiss the role of consistency are misunderstood, but great and as a result will ultimately rise in a "morally perfect," but hypocritical society. In Nathaniel Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne was created as a self-reliant character that indirectly exploits the flaws and hypocrisy of Puritan society, as well as to prove Hester as a…show more content…
But it is not recorded that, in a single instance, her skill was called in air to embroider the while veil which was to cover the pure blushes of a bride. (chp. 5) This passage specifically points out the hypocrisy of Puritan society. Their desire to wear elegant things despite their principles of simplicity and modesty, their willingness to wear and glorify the same embroidery which was used to mark Hester's shame, and their reluctance to use Hester's handiwork on wedding veils. Through this action they end up overlooking their principles when they find it convenient, and adhering to them only when they feel they need to. In addition to being in a place where the past is conveniently forgotten and overlooked the civilized Puritan township is also a place where the truth is often suppressed. Furthermore, as stated, Emerson focuses on the role of the individual. He explains that the only way to peace is through yourself. In addition, Ultimately Hester had come to accept the Puritan religion and punishment of adultery, consequently rising above the expectations set upon her. Hawthorne reveals the hypocrisy of Puritan society where in Hester remains the only pious person in the community while the townspeople become hopeless and
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