The Scarlet Letter as a Love Story
the name of Roger Chillingworth. Hester is released Pearl asks Dimmesdale to acknowledge Hester and her on the scaffold in daylight but Hester Prynne. It is a love story because its female protagonist Hester Prynne suffered a lot for preserving her love intact. She went to the extent of betraying her marriage in order to valorize her love. When Hester Prynne was in prison with her infant Pearl, her husband Roger Chillingworth went to She had also a sound advice for him. At the conclusion of The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynne returns to her lonely seaside cottage and becomes a counselor to persons suffering "the . And it seemed a fouler offence committed by Roger Chillingworth, than any which had since.
She was punished to stay on the scaffold in public. Time and again she was harassed and interrogated so that she tells about her lover's name despite this torturous public punishment, Hester Prynne remained silent, remained undefeated and remained superbly dauntless.
The puritan public charges her for adultery. In accordance with the puritan code of law the sexual liaison of which Hester is guilty is an act of adultery. It is, to those Boston puritans, a violation of their rigorous ethics and moral rectitude. Even amidst this public punishment Hester remained unashamed and undaunted. It appears she was untouched by the punishment given by the 18th century puritanically strict Boston.
This undaunted, undefeated and triumphant stance of Hester Prynne at the moment of punishment in public is equivalent to the affirmation of love. From this affirmation of Hester Prynne's love we come to know that Hester Prynne considered as he love that which the 18th century puritan community in Boston considered as an act of adultery.
When Hester Prynne was in prison with her infant Pearl, her husband Roger Chillingworth went to this prison under the guise of a physician. Hester knew about this dark motive of her deformed husband Rogerchillingworth. Hester was devoted to preserving her lover. Throughout her life if there is anything Hester Prynne cared most that is her lover Arthur.
She was ready to sacrifice her husband, her public reputation, her public image and her dignity for the sake for her lover Arthur Dimmesdale. In chapter sixteen, we come across one crucial element to prove that The Scarlet Letter is a love story. When Hester knew that Arthur Dimmesdale was on his journey through a forest to the Apostle of Eliot, she went to meet him in the forest. Her real purpose of meeting with Arthur Dimmesdale is to know about his sufferings. She had also a sound advice for him.
By meeting Dimmesdale, Hester told him to be wary for her husband Roger Chillingworth. She advised Arthur that Roger Chillingworth is going to kill him by stimulating his guilty conscience.
Life was centred on a rigid Puritan society in which no one was able to divulge their innermost thoughts and secrets: Puritanism was not only a religious creed, it was a philosophy and a metaphysic; it was an organization of man's whole life, emotional and intellectual, to a degree which has not been sustained by any denomination stemming from it.
In the New England Puritan colonies, law and religion were entangled without any clear distinction between the two. A "hard-featured dame" says of Hester Prynne: This woman has brought shame upon us all, and ought to die. Is there not law for it? Truly there is, both in the Scripture and the statute-book. If man does not respect the bond of love crucial to coexistence and accept the view that all men are united in a brotherhood of imperfection, and if he does not adopt nature as an inspirational and stabilizing force in his life, he lives a sub-human existence - so self-centred as to be at odds with other people and with external nature.
Hawthorne's religious enthusiasts Puritansconscious only of their spiritual goals, violate the bond with man and nature essential to living a normal life. Every human being needs the opportunity to express their feelings, otherwise the emotions are bottled up until they become unstable.
It is almost as if the possessed physician, Roger Chillingworth, has trapped a volatile chemical the secret of Dimmesdale's adultery inside a vial Dimmesdale and now waits for the inevitable explosion the revelation. Reverend Dimmesdale's pent-up feelings of guilt and shame became hazardous to his health, In Mr. Dimmesdale's secret closet, under lock and key, there was a bloody scourge.
Luckily, for at least four of the main characters, Hawthorne provides a sanctuary in the form of the mysterious forest. In the deep, dark portions of the forest, many of the pivotal characters bring forth hidden thoughts and emotions. It provides an escape from the strict mandates of law and religion, to a refuge where men, as well as women, can open up and be themselves.
It is only here that Hester and Dimmesdale can openly engage in conversation without being preoccupied with the constraints that Puritan society places on them. The forest itself is the very embodiment of freedom. Nobody watches in the woods to report misbehaviour, and Hester takes advantage of this, when Arthur Dimmesdale appears. She openly talks with Dimmesdale about subjects which could never be mentioned in any place other than the forest.
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We felt it so! This statement shocks Dimmesdale, and he tells Hester to hush, until he realises that he is in an environment where he can openly convey his feelings. The forest also brings out the natural appearance and natural personality of people. When Hester takes off her cap and unloosens her hair, we see a new person. We see the real Hester, who has been hidden for years under a shield of shame. Her eyes grow radiant and a flush comes to her cheek.
We recognise her as the Hester from Chapter One.
The Scarlet Letter: Hester Prynne and Roger Chillingworth's Relationship
The beautiful woman who is not afraid to reveal her dark, flowing locks and display her beauty. This dramatic transformation of Hester after she discards the constricting shackles of law and Puritanism and embraces the liberation provided by the natural world shows how harsh and crippling Puritan society could be to one's inner self.
On a more positive note, the suffering which Hester went through qualified her as spokesman of the frustrations and joys of human relationships: Working from the definition of a prophetess as simply one who is gifted with extraordinary moral insight, Hester's gospel was nothing more hopeful or pessimistic than the existential "endure".
We do not have a record of her specific counsel to suffering women, yet it would seem that her role in the community of tormented souls was to inspire by her presence and therefore, her survival rather than her oratory an awareness that human experience has in it an element of suffering, and that conflicts between self and community, between personal will and moral law, are inevitable.
This sentiment of nature being in opposition to religion was echoed in the twentieth century by the revolutionary Austrian neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, who was no friend to the religious impulse in human beings.
Freud felt that the only way for society to progress was to recognise and acknowledge its libidinal and aggressive impulses. He believed that civilisation - the sum total of all our complicated structures of culture, law, religion and society - arose through the learned repression of individual instinctual urges, and that these individual desires are always at odds with the regulations, institutions and laws of society which force them to heel.
In Freud's account the civilised 'moral' human being is obviously a repressive formation. People are, in reality, bubbling cauldrons of violent and sexual desires waiting to boil over. Civilisation is imagined as holding back, rather than moving forward.
The Scarlet Letter appears to adhere to this theory - we are told that: She shuddered to believe, yet could not help believing, that it gave her a sympathetic knowledge of the hidden sin in others' hearts. So, Hester was not the only sinner of the village, yet she was the only person punished, and was made to feel alienated and abnormal. It was this alienation that put Hester in a unique position. She was able to look upon society from its precipice, and make acute observations about the community, particularly about its treatment of women.
A seemingly ubiquitous, modern American intellectual figure. The life of Margaret Fuller was the kind of life that Hester Prynne dreamed of living.
Given her situation, however, she deemed the revolution of society, and the revolution of woman's place in that society "a hopeless task before her.