Scarlet Essay

768 words - 4 pages

Omar Rios
Per. 3

Prompt: How does the scarlet letter become a badge of shame to a badge of pride, courage, and what a better and stronger person Hester had become?

The Scarlet Letter

In the book The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hawthorne shows the scarlet letter, that Hester is forced to wear, as a badge of shame in the beginning, but progresses to be a badge of pride courage, and what a better and stronger person Hester has become along the years she has worn the scarlet letter and kept it on even though she didn’t have to wear it anymore at the ending.

Hester knew that wearing the scarlet letter would make her look bad, but she was forced to wear it for the sin she ...view middle of the document...

“Such helpfulness was found in her,-so much power to do, and power to sympathize,-that many people refused to interpret the scarlet a by its original signification. They said that it meant Able; so strong was Hester Prynne, with a woman’s strength” (107). The A that they saw formed by the meteor was interpreted to Able because she was becoming a stronger person and learning from all she has been through wearing the A. This relates to the thesis because at the beginning the A was a shame to be worn and now people interpret it differently as time passed because when you make a mistake like Hester you hopefully learn from it and become a better person. Or you could also set an example for others, “Thus the young and pure would be taught to look at her, with the scarlet letter flamming on her breast”(52). So even though she looks bad wearing the A others learn from this mistake she made. So in this way she was kind of becoming a better person.

The thing that happened to Hester changed her life because these things do make a difference. The scarlet never left Hester because...

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