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Letter By Hawthorne
In this story Hester was an adulteress and had to wear a scarlet
letter because she wouldn’t admit to whom she had the affair with. Her
daughter was Pearl and her father was Dimmesdale. They lived in Salem,
Massachusetts in times of Puritans so the sin of having an affair was
unacceptable. Dimmesdale was a Reverend and he wanted Hester to admit the
affair, but she would not. Her husband, who was assumed dead, was Chillingworth
and he figured out who the father was and he wanted revenge. He tried to drive
Dimmesdale crazy, but it didn’t work. Finally in the end Dimmesdale announced
after his sermon that he was the father of Pearl, then he died shortly after.
Pearl and Hester went back to England and Hester continued to wear the scarlet
letter on her chest. I found Hester to be the most intriguing character in this
story. She accepted that she had sinned and took the punishment without looking
for a way out. She could have easily admitted who the father was and she
wouldn’t have been subject to the scorn of the townspeople, but she took it.
She was punished all of her life and I do not think that she should have had to
deal with that all of her life. She had to deal with her daughter who was
somewhat of a brat. Finally she got some of the respect that she deserved,
people came to her for advice. The conflict of the story was the act of
adultery. Even today it is an issue, though some people make more a big deal
about it than is needed. In the times of Puritans this was one of the worst sins
that one could commit. Another conflict was that Chillingworth tried to get
revenge throughout the whole story. He kept on fighting to get even with
Dimmesdale, he tried to drive him crazy, but it never worked. The theme of this
story is sin and who had the greater sin. They all sinned, but it is anyones
opinion whose sin was worse. I think that Chillingworths was the worst, he had
nothing to do with the affair, but he felt the need to get even. I think that
Dimmesdale should have had to be shunned by the town just as Hester was, even
though he tried to make it fair to him. I think that Hester should not have had
to live with that kind of guilty conciense, it wasn’t fair because she had to
live with Pearl everyday. She was reminder enough of what happened and she
didn’t help with the situation any. In my opinion I liked the plot of the
story, but I did not care for his style of writing. He wrote with very large
vocabulary. He could have made it easy to understand, it doesn’t even sound
natural. I would like to see the movie because it would be easier to understand.
I read this a while ago so not everything is very fresh in my mind, and there
are parts that I did not understand. I think that it is better to come out right
away with your sin, even though I wouldn’t if I did that. I also think that
you should not be judged based on your sins.
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