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How To Sympathize In The Scarlet Letter

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The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter is a tale that revolves around the idea of penance for sins and adultery, but no other character has paid for her sins more in this novel than Hester Prynne, the woman branded for a prohibited love with a man named Dimmesdale. Throughout the story, Hester Prynne must manage her sin and its production, her daughter Pearl, as well as deal with the consequences that follow. In addition to the creation of Pearl, Hester Prynne was a woman who committed the act of adultery. She had sexual relations with a man who was not her husband, resulting in the pregnancy and birth of her daughter, Pearl. Hester must be prosecuted for sinning, as it is deemed a crime by the townspeople and those who govern. As punishment, Hester Prynne must adorn the scarlet letter upon her bosom, “...in find red cloth, surrounded with an elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold thread appeared the letter A.” (Hawthorne 46) The woman of the town do not find the…show more content…
It’s not difficult to feel empathy towards another being, fictional or not. Everyone has been through a tough time in their life; a time where they have done something they should not have, a time where they got in trouble for doing so. Hester is publicly shamed by being made to walk through a throng of townspeople, with the result of her sin being shown off and how she is paying for it. By being made to stand on the scaffold, Hester feels that she is alone, “There are no morals in the grave. The all-important thing now is to save Dimmesdale while there is still something left to be saved.” (Wagenknecht 66) Single mothers could sympathize with Hester as well, or women who have had relations with other men and have paid for it. She felt abandoned by her husband, and needed to feel love or some kind of compassion. Hester raised a child of sin from the moment she was born, and gave her a
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