"The Scarlet Letter" of Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale Essay

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The Scarlet Letter is a classic novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne which entangles the lives of two characters Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale together through an unpardonable sin-adultery. With two different lifestyles, this act of adultery affects each of them differently. Hester is an average female citizen who is married to a Roger Chillingworth from Europe while Dimmesdale is a Puritan minister from England (61). Along the course of time after the act of adultery had happened, Hester could not hide the fact that she was bearing a child that was not of her husband, but from another man. She never reveals that this man is in fact Arthur Dimmesdale, and so only she receives the punishment of prison. Although it is Hester who …show more content…
Hester cannot continue to live life alongside with the rest of society any longer and so she decides to go live in a cabin that is near the edge of the town. This cabin was far enough to be out of the way of the people, but still close enough to be considered a part of the society there (73). This shows that Hester knew to stay away from society, but there remained a small longing to be able to dwell with it still. Hester was out of prison now, but the real prison she was contained in was the prison of being marked forever with the scarlet letter. It was like a mark branded right on her chest shouting out to everyone who she encounters that she is an adulteress. The “chain that bound her here was of iron links, and galling to her inmost soul, but never could be broken” (72) would never leave her, always keeping her close to the reminder of what she has done. Now, Hester with no husband to support her had to find ways of supporting her baby daughter and herself. She used her art of embroidery in order to feed herself and her baby. “Her needle-work was seen on the ruff of the Governor; military men wore it on their scarfs, and the minister on his band; it decked the baby’s little cap; it was shut up, to be mildewed and moulder away, in the coffins of the dead” (75). Hester had made embroideries for almost everyone except for those who were to be wed- being that it would be frowned upon by society. In a strange way, Hester was accepted in society through her
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