The Scarlet Letter
Book by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Essay by Landen Stroh
In The Scarlet Letter, Hester made a
scarlet letter, "A" which she had to wear on her chest. This was
the Puritan way of treating her as a criminal, for the crime of
adultery. The Puritan treatment continued, and as Hester would
walk through the streets, she would be looked down upon as if she were
some sort of demon from Hell, that committed a bad crime. ...view middle of the document...
Pearl symbolized the torture of Hester's life and mind.
Although Hester had so much trouble with Pearl, she still felt
that Pearl was her treasure. Pearl was really the only thing that
Hester had in life, and if Pearl wasn't in Hester's life, Hester would
have committed suicide. Once in a while, Pearl would
bring joy to Hester's life, and that helped her to keep on living.
Pearl really symbolized a rose to her mother. At times she could
be bright and vibrant, and really love her mother, but at other times, when she was mad or defiant it was as if she was wilting. It was at these times when she was "wilting"
that brought Hester the most grief.
Reverend Dimmsdale’s sin was always having hatred in his heart and a need for revenge, even though he tried not to show it. He would tell his parishioners that he was the biggest sinner, but the crowd always said that he was the most holy and humble person. The consequences of his sins were very obvious. He was pale and unhealthy looking.
Chillingworth’s sin was that he had shared Hester’s sin, but he never confessed, he let Hester be punished for something they both did. I think that his consequences of his sin was his deformity. Even though the book said he had it before, I think that the author was trying to imply that that was his punishment.