Hester comforted him to the scaffold, and stuck by him to the end, as he admitted his sin of adultery, which shocked the people of Boston. The way he puts his finger to his mouth to keep Hester silent gives the reader the idea that no matter who he is, he has some sort of power over her.
Hester defies Chillingworth when he demands to know the name of her lover. When the governor determines to take Pearl away from her, Hester says, "God gave me the child! She offers comfort to the poor, the sick, and the downtrodden.
In fact, so physically stunning is she that "her beauty shone out, and made a halo of the misfortune and ignominy in which she was enveloped. Her inner strength, her defiance of convention, her honesty, and her compassion may have been in her character all along, but the scarlet letter brings them to our attention.
I felt no love, nor feigned any. He demands that she cannot reveal his identity, yet he also wishes to know the identity of her lover, the father of the child.
I will die first! In Chapter 17, she explains to Dimmesdale that she has been honest in all things except in disclosing his part in her pregnancy. For this irrevocably harsh sin, she must wear a symbol of shame for the rest of her life.
She acknowledges her sin as her own, and she offers up the matter of her repentance to God rather than the townspeople. Evan, Owl Eyes Staff "It was whispered, by those who peered after her, that the scarlet letter threw a lurid gleam along the dark passage-way of the interior After preaching a powerful sermon, the good minister was walking along with the crowd, when he felt the weight of an overbearing guilt upon his shoulders; a power that he had felt before had grown immensely domineering upon his frail frame.
While she might be feeling agony as if "her heart had been flung into the street for them all to spurn and trample upon," her face reveals no such thought, and her demeanor is described as "haughty.
Hester Prynne, through the eyes of the Puritans, is an extreme sinner; she has gone against the Puritan ways, committing adultery. The reader first meets the incredibly strong Hester on the scaffold with Pearl in her arms, beginning her punishment. Yet she continues to lack adult companionship throughout her life.
Later in the novel, we discover that Arthur Dimmesdale is the confidential lover. When the governor is dying, she is at his side.
This indicates that he will likely be a main character. Here, Hester Prynne has made a significant change from her somber, drab appearance, to her beauty of days long passed.
The townspeople came to her, some staring in awe, some revering her presence. Despite her lonely existence, Hester somehow finds an inner strength to defy both the townspeople and the local government.
She has nothing but her strength of spirit to sustain her. While not a Puritan herself, Hester looks to Arthur Dimmesdale for comfort and spiritual guidance. Soon the drama unfolds as Chillingworth discovers that the trio are boarding a boat across the sea after the Election Day, and he books himself up to travel with them, since he is obsessed with torturing Dimmesdale.
She could no longer borrow from the future to help her through the present. She is surprised he had come at such a time where she was at a point of such horrendous turmoil.
Evan, Owl Eyes Staff. Then, the big day came, and Hester was gleaming with joy in anticipation of a new life without ridicule or guilt. Her beautiful hair is hidden under her cap, her beauty and warmth are gone, buried under the burden of the elaborate scarlet letter on her bosom.
No friend, no companion, no foot crossed the threshold of her cottage. She then goes back to business, telling her beloved Arthur that she will set sail with him and Pearl to the Old Country in after the Election Day sermon, which Dimmesdale is to speak at.
Also, Hester has Pearl to raise, and she must do so amid a great number of difficulties. What we know about Hester from the days prior to her punishment is that she came from a "genteel but impoverished English family" of notable lineage.
When she removes the letter and takes off her cap in Chapter 13, she once again becomes the radiant beauty of seven years earlier.This is the first mention of Hester Prynne in the entire essay.
Finally, as readers we understand why this story preludes the The Scarlet Letter: the A was Prynne’s almost years ago and the story, is her story. Of all the characters in The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne, the protagonist, is the strongest and most courageous.
But, that is not to say that she is unsusceptible to change. Over the course of the novel, Hester remains unchanged in some areas, such as strength and honesty, but her beauty and social status vary greatly.
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Home / Literature / The Scarlet Letter / Character Quotes / Hester Prynne / Hester Prynne. BACK; NEXT ; Character Analysis Hester might nurse the sick and clothe the poor just like any charitable Puritan woman.
Hester Prynne - Hester is the book’s protagonist and the wearer of the scarlet letter that gives the book its title. The letter, a patch of fabric in the shape of an “A,” signifies that Hester is an “adulterer.”.
Hester Prynne 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. Video: Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter: Description, Traits & Character Analysis In this lesson, we will discuss the heroine of 'The Scarlet Letter,' Hester Prynne.
A description of her physical appearance, her traits, and an analysis .Download