The Scarlet Letter "A"Stands for Able

796 WordsJan 16, 20114 Pages
“A” eventually comes to stand for Able Its about a woman named Hester Prynne who has a baby out of wedlock. She commited adultery by doing that because her husband wasn't dead like she originally thought. So as punishment for her sin, she is forced to wear a scarlet A on her chest. The A stands for adultery. All the people shunned her and were not allowed to forgive and forget. She ever had to live outside the city limits. It is totally true what she did was wrong. But how long can people punish her? More importantly, the father of the child is not branded as Hester is. Ironically, her public ‘guilt’ and ostracism strengthens her, while Dimmesdale private guilt and the respect of community eats him up. A woman…show more content…
The townspeople have begun to regard Hester with a certain amount of respect. She has been pure in heart and deed ever since her public fall from graces, and she is charitable to the poor. Hester earns her money by doing stitch-work for local dignitaries, but she often spends her time helping the poor and sick. In fact, her suffering makes her kinder toward others. She knows how to offer grace, because she had been denied it herself. People begin to suggest that the A stands for Able. Some suggest that the scarlet letter connotes holiness. For Hester, however, the symbol has hardened her against ever feeling passion of affection again. She has ceased, in short, to be a
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