The Scarlet Letter: A Character Analysis of Hester Prynne

In Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, we meet very interesting and detailed characters, including the main protagonist, Hester Prynne. Hester goes through quite a few changes throughout the novel, both emotional and physical. From the start of the book, we don’t know much about Hester’s life, except that she was married to a man by the … Read more

Hester's Isolation and Alienation in The Scarlet Letter

Hester’s Isolation and Alienation in The Scarlet Letter In Nathaniel Hawthorn’s The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne and Reverend Dimmesdale have committed adultery, an unacceptable sin during the Puritan times. As a result of their sin, a child is born, whom the mother names Pearl. Out of her own free will, Hester has to face major … Read more

The Scarlet Letter and the Punishment of Hester Prynne

“The Scarlett Letter” Thematic Essay No matter how much someone may be punished for a severe crime, nothing will be able to compare with the regret, guilt, and self-reproach that they will endure, as these negative mindsets can drive one to insanity, or even worse, death. This concept is thoroughly expressed by Nathaniel Hawthorne in … Read more

Hester Prynne as Heroine

In The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne Prynne redefines herself despite being shunned by the Puritan community. Although she has sinned, she does not dwell in the past. She grows stronger as a person from the cruelty of the townspeople and the shame they place on Hester. Though everything seems to go wrong … Read more

The Redemption of Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter

In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynne accepts that she has sinned and realizes that she must pay the price for her crime. In doing so she becomes overwhelmed with courage and conviction and assumes a redemption that is denied to most of her fellow townspeople. For a woman who possesses Hester’s strength … Read more