The Scarlet Letter Dialectical Journal Essay

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Tamara Haddad Wilhite P.5 Scarlet Letter Dialectical Journal “Like anything that pertains to crime, it seemed never to have a youthful era… a wild rose-bush, in this month of June, with delicate gems, which might be imagined to offer their fragrance and fragile beauty to the prisoner as he went in” (Hawthorne 45). Hawthorne describes the door of the jail, as well as the rose bush to the side of it. I feel as if this is supposed to represent what Hester is about the experience: the harsh Puritan judgment, or the old door, along with the acceptance of certain people along her path, as represented by the rose bush. “An Indian in his native garb was standing there; but the red men were not so infrequent visitors of the English…show more content…
Hester still has good morals, she wants her child to follow the Puritan religion. I imagine that something must have happened to Hester in the past with her father that she does not want her child to have to deal with, or it would be more bothersome for the father of the child to be involved with her child’s life. "But it is not recorded that, in a single instance, her skill was called in aid to embroider the white veil which was to cover the pure blushes of a bride. The exception indicated the ever relentless vigor with which society frowned upon her sin." (75). I hate the Puritan society. They all know that Hester is awesome with her needle and thread, but for some reason everything is too cursed and evil that Hester even breathes on. They all act like they have never sinned. “If truth were everywhere to be shown, a scarlet letter would blaze forth on many a bosom…” (80). Hester Prynne is kind of a role model, almost. I admire her ability to admit to sin and be willing to take the consequences. Surely she was not the only one during Puritan times who had an affair, or even sinned. Everyone sins every day, and so technically everyone should have a scarlet letter of some sort. In my opinion, this makes Hester above everyone else. “…like one of those gleams of ghastly fire that darted from Bunyan’s awful doorway in the hillside, and quivered on the pilgrim’s face.” (118). This is used to describe Chillingworth. An evil tone is used here,

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