The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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The Novel, The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne is about a woman named Hester Prynne who is married to an older man, but not for love. Mrs. Pryne has an affair with another man named Arthur Dimmsdale and is completely ostracized by the community. It is revealed that because of this affair she gave birth to a daughter, Pearl. The main conflict Is external with Hester, but internal with her lover, Arthur. It is later revealed, Hester had taken full blame for the affair, but that is eating away at Dimmsdale’s conscience. Arthur’s health is slowly deteriorating. The climax is when Dimmsdale becomes an idol in the town after preaching powerful and influential sermons. Arthur would love nothing more than to confess, but such…show more content…
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Hester Prynne In the novel, The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne is a young, strong, carefree woman who is married to an older man by the name of Roger Chillingworth. She married Roger although she did not love him. This led to her having an affair with Arthur Dimmsdale, which causes her to be publically shamed and humiliated in front of the whole community. Prynne is a major protagonist in the novel, because she is the target of all the alienation and estrangement from her locality. During this time, Hester becomes lost in thought and speculation on human nature and which leads her to become agnostic and wise. The narrator claims to denounce her new freethinking spirit, but covertly commends her confidence and ideas. Hester is also has a maternal nature about her, not only because she has a daughter, but she cares for the poor by bringing them supplies such as food and clothing. By the end of the novel, Hester Prynne becomes a well-respected, feminist, maternal figure in her community. After all the uproar about her affair blows over, she shows the people of the community the only reason she was so badly alienated was because of the old-fashioned sexist beliefs about women. For example in this quote, she is addressing the public regarding its radical, old-fashioned rules. “Doth the universe lie within the compass of yonder town, which only a little time ago was but a leaf-strewn
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