|Scarlet Letter Hester
The character of Hester Prynne changed significantly throughout the novel
“The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hester Prynne, through the eyes
of the Puritans, is an extreme sinner; she has gone against the Puritan ways,
committing adultery. For this irrevocably harsh sin, she must wear a symbol
of shame for the rest of her life. However, the Romantic philosophies of
Hawthorne put down the Puritanic beliefs. She is a beautiful, young woman who
has sinned, but is forgiven. Hawthorne portrays Hester as "divine maternity"
and she can do no wrong. Not only Hester, but the physical scarlet letter, a
Puritanical sign of disownment, is shown through the author's tone and diction
as a beautiful, gold and colorful piece.
From the beginning, we see that Hester Prynne is a young and beautiful woman
who has brought a child into the world with an unknown father. She is
punished by Puritan society by wearing the scarlet ...