The Role Of Hester Prynne In The Scarlet Letter

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One mistake defined how people looked at Hester Prynne for the rest of her life. She was forever marked with the scarlet letter. Adultery was her sin, an "A" was her letter. In the book The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn, Hester Prynne was publicly shamed for adultery to her husband who was sought to be dead. Her lover remained a mystery to the public. Hester did not go a day without the reminder of her sin because her daughter, Pearl, was the living embodiment of the scarlet letter, the meaning of the "A" changed three times throughout the novel, and it followed her beyond the day she pasted away.

Hester made a mistake and had to live with it for the rest of her life, literally. Pearl was what came from the act of adultery. She was
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As stated before, the letter "A" first represented adultery. Hester and her secret lover, Dimmesdale, were the reason for this symbol. Hester wore the letter publicly and Dimmesdale wore it hidden on his chest. Dimmesdale was a saint-like figure to the Puritans. He lived in constant shame of his sin. He was just as guilty as Hester, but they both refrained from telling the truth of it all. As the story progressed and years went by, the letter "A" took on a new meaning. The Puritans started to believe the "A" meant able. They started to forget about Hester's sin and saw her as a member of their Puritan society. She was starting to become herself again before the sin. They started to notice her good works with the poor, sick, and suffering. She wasn't fully shamed for her adultery anymore, but now she was seen in her ability to help others. However, her sin didn't go away and it was still part of her. Towards the end of the novel, a letter "A" was projected into the sky the night of Governor Winthrop's death. Some Puritans believed Winthrop's death didn't go unrecognized, “A great red letter in the sky—the letter A, which we interpret to stand for Angel. For, as our good Governor Winthrop was made an angel this past night, it was doubtless held fit that there should be some notice thereof!” (Hawthorne 491). Some Puritans believed that the letter "A" was now a symbol for an angel. The letter "A" took on many…show more content…
She was buried next to Dimmesdale, but they were not touching. They shared a single tombstone that had a single letter "A" written upon it. Dimmesdale and Hester were never able to truly be together even after death. They were forever marked for their sin.

The scarlet letter never went away because it was embodied by Pearl, given three different meanings, and forever remained apart of Hester. Throughout the entire novel, Hawthorne gave a lot of symbolism to the letter "A". It affected the lives of many Puritans in the society. Hester was a strong, confident women who just happen to be caught for her mistake. Some good, Pearl, came from such an awful situation. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne was a story full of sin and
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