• Hester Prynne Character Sketch
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    Often, one of the most important aspects in a novel is a character sketch. It s the author s obligation to sufficiently provide a vivid description of each character. Hester Prynne is the main character in the novel The Scarlet Letter, and there are some key points Nathaniel Hawthorne uses to help the reader better understand the character. The first few chapters of the novel reveal many characteristics and actions of Hester Prynne including physical description, setting, thoughts, behavior, spe...
  • Arthur Dimmesdale Hester Affair Prynne
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    Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale is one of the major characters in the story The Scarlet Letter. In this story Arthur Dimmesdale plays the part of the towns reverend. He has a high position in society and is viewed as one of the good and polite kind of guy by the society. This man has a sort of dark side; he has a little secret that no one knows except for the main character, Hester Prynne. This little secret that he has kept hidden from the Townspeople all this time; are in fact that he had committed ad...
  • Hester Prynne's Development Scarlet Letter
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    Hester Prynne's Development Hester Prynne, through the eyes of the Puritans, is an extreme sinner; she has gone against the Puritan ways, committing adultery. In the town of Boston where the story takes place, this sin is among the worst for the Puritan community. For this irrevocably harsh sin, she must wear a symbol of shame for the rest of her life. But this trial in Hester's life forces her to mature. The character of Hester Prynne changed significantly throughout the novel. From the beginni...
  • The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynne
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    Hester Prynne: The Ultimate Feminist Heroine In Nathaniel Hawthorne's American classic The Scarlet Letter the main character Hester Prynne is portrayed as the preeminent feminist heroine through the portraiture of her crime and punishment. In this novel, a Puritanical society in New England condemns Hester Prynne to wear a highly embossed depiction of the letter "A" on her breast as punishment for an act of adultery. How Hester handles the consequences of her castigation is what brings about the...
  • Chapters Of The Novel Hester Transcendentalist Woman Prynne
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    How is Hester Prynne A Transcendentalist? In the novel The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne is mainly a transcendentalist. The term transcendentalist coined in nineteenth century America, describes an optimistic person who fully lives in the present and has faith in the future. He or she loves nature, sees God in nature, and believes we are all connected. A transcendentalist takes action, and is honest and very individualistic. To me that clearly explains Hester Prynne's per...
  • Role Of Hester Prone In The Scarlet Letter
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    The Role of Hester Prynne in the Development of Plot and Characterization in the Novel, The Scarlet Letter Within the novel The Scarlet Letter, the author, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses many ways to characterize Hester Prynne, and to show her importance in the development of the plot. This essay will show some ways Hester is characterized and will also show why and how she develops the plot. Hester Prynne is characterized as a beautiful woman who does not hide from, but lives with her mistakes and tr...
  • Arthur Dimmesdale Sin Hester Chillingsworth
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    The Affects of Sin on the Individual in The Scarlet Letter In the novel, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, there is a reoccurring theme of the affects of sin on man. The three main characters, Hester Pryne, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingsworth, are all affected by the sin of Hester Pryne and Arthur Dimmesdale. Hester Pryne is strengthened by the sin, Arthur Dimmesdale is weakened by it, and Roger Chillingsworth becomes evil because of it. The protagonist, Hester Prynne is, in ess...
  • Scarlet Letter Hester Guilt Pearl
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    A World of Guilt All human beings will, at some point carry some amount of guilt with them. Whether they could have prevented what happened or not, humans tend to carry guilt. Hester Prynne will forever carry the guilt of committing adultery. This is shown when Hawthorne writes, ? Here, there was the taint of deepest sin in the most sacred quality of human life? (53). In his novel The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne writes about sin and hypocrisy by describing the trials and tribulations of ...
  • Scarlet Letter Levin Dimmesdale Chilingworth
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    In his criticism of The Scarlet Letter, Harry Levin discusses the severity of the sins that are committed by Hester Prynne, Reverend Dimmesdale, and Roger Chilingworth. Although all three main characters have sinned in the novel, the ruthlessness of their sins is easily identifiable. Harry Levin takes it upon himself to 'rank'; the three sinners in The Scarlet Letter based upon their sins, and the circumstances that surround them. The least severe sinner is Hester Prynne, followed by Reverend Di...
  • Scarlet Letter Hester Prynne
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    Symbolism is traditionally a sign or token of something. In the matter of literature, the definition of the literary device, symbolism, is more complicated. Symbols of literature are usually metaphysical. Themain symbol of The Scarlet Letter is the red 'A' that Hester Prynne was sentenced to wear on her chest. Nathaniel Hawthorne's intention was to make the meaning of the crimson token worn on the bosom of Hester Prynne is highly ambiguous. In this he was successful. Although the'A' means 'adul...
  • Hester Prynne People Boston Pleasure
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    Whatever the people of Boston take pleasure in seems to interpret as sin. If heaven is supposed to be a placed of paradise, isn't it pointless to say that all that brings pleasure and happiness is sin? It's almost like they " re making whatever part of heaven given to them in life into a living hell I think the people of Boston hypocrites because they are trying to build a place of the bible and a place of peace and happiness, yet they are unwelcome to change, narrow minded, and hard and judgmen...
  • The Scarlet Letter Hester Hair Appearance
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    By: Anonymous Throughout The Scarlet Letter, the author Nathaniel Hawthorne uses many literal and figurative items to illustrate the significance of various characters or themes. Coupled with the tangible evidence given, the reader can make many miscellaneous assumptions of the importance of these items to directly and indirectly contribute to the issues of the novel. One cryptic item that symbolizes more than it seems to is the appearance of one of the main characters, Hester Prynne. Hester Pry...
  • Sin In The Scarlet Letter
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    Everyone has violated either moral or religious law at least once in his or her entire lifetime. On the outside, they might be 'looking pure as new-fallen snow; while their hearts are all speckled and spotted with iniquity of which they cannot rid themselves.' (p. 116) Some walk secretly with this heavy sin in their heart, while others get shamed in public because their sin is displayed openly. Since these sins are all different, the consequences and the significance may also vary in importance....
  • The Scarlet Letter Do You Dread Guilt
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    The Scarlet Letter: Do You Dread Guilt? What is guilt? We all have guilt about something. Maybe forgetting something, lied about something, or even did something that shouldn't of been done. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne we saw guilt fester in the minds and outward appearance of the main characters, Hester Prynne, ArthurDimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth. When you hear the word guilt what do you think it means? Guilt means remorseful awareness of having done something wrong or of ...
  • Scarlet Letter Hester People Society
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    Scarlet Letter: Who Should Punish A Sinner? Religion, Society, or Individuals Who should punish a sinner? Should it be religion, society, or the individual? In Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter all three affect the main character Hester Prynne. Religion punishes her with the Scarlet Letter, society ostracizes her as punishment, and individually she was able to move on in life but still returned to her haunting past where she died. Religion plays a big part in the Scarlet Letter. Hester Prynne wore the ...
  • Hester And Today's Teenagers
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    Hester and Today's Teenagers Compared to the 1800's, today's society exemplifies more complexity and a more difficult way of life. Although The Scarlet Letter was a book written in the nineteenth century, it reveals a realistic situation happening with today' teenagers. Today, adultery among teenagers has become a major issue and using Hester Prynne as an example can allow youngsters to reflect on their future actions. Ever since Hester Prynne involved herself with Arthur, her life reflected a s...
  • Scarlet Letter 2 Roger Chillingworth
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    In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth are both physically and emotionally affected by the events which took place in their lives. During the course of the story, all three of the characters are disturbed by their pasts which are affecting their present lives and future. Hester is the only character that can not hide her mistake due to her pregnancy. Although, she can hide who the father of her child is, Dimmesdale. The mistakes of ...
  • The Scarlet Letter Analyzation
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    The Scarlet Letter has been considered a milestone in literature for years. A reason for this is its message to "be true, be true." This novel shows the moral through the actions of the two main characters, Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale. Many people have learned this important "moral blossom" and have held it with them, remembering it in their times of indecision. The book teaches us that it is better to show the world your faults than to lie and let them fester inside. Through their actio...
  • The Letter And Human Frailty
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    The Letter and Human Frailty Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author of The Scarlet Letter, tells a tale of human frailty and sorrow through each and every character. When you first meet Hester Prynne, the main character, she seems quite innocent. Only guilty of not naming her lover. Yet she is treated like an evil demon by the Puritan community of the 1700 s because she broke the seventh commandment The way they yelled at the very least, they should have put the brand of hot iron on Hester Prynne. (Haw...
  • Scarlet Letter Hester Chillingworth Dimmesdale
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    The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a book in which many things and people are also used to help symbolize the meaning of the whole story. This novel is the first novel in the United States to use symbolism. Three of Hawthorne's use of symbolization would be the three meanings of the scarlet letter A, how Chillingworth represents self-destructive revenge for sin, and how the sunlight in the forest represents truth and redemption. The scarlet letter 'A' was worn by Hester Prynn...