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Hester Prynne

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Hester Prynne Sin is when a Christian does something which is not permitted by God. In the novel The Scarlet Letter, the protagonist Hester Prynne committed a sin which is known as adultery. She had a kid with someone other than her husband. As a result, the puritan society decided to put an A on her chest so when people see her, they know she committed adultery and is punished for this sin. Arthur Dimmesdale is who committed Hester committed adultery with, and ironically, he is a minister. Roger Chillingworth is the husband of Hester, and he is a physicist. And finally, the result of a sin, Pearl is Hester's daughter. It is believed that Hester values individualism/privacy and equality/fairness as an American with American values. And also, if Hester were to come to day's world and learn about the election, she would find abortion and very important topic however same-sex marriage the least important topic. As a conclusion, she would vote for Obama. The American value Individualism or privacy is a characteristic often seen from Hester. The scarlet A is a symbol of adultery to the people within that puritan society and this letter causes Hester to be alone, excluded from the community, and looked down to. People see her as an evil and sinful witch. ...read more.


The American value equality and fairness is seen throughout the American culture since the United States is a democratic nation. Equality and fairness is the idea of everyone being equal. In the scarlet letter, we can see that Hester values equality and fairness because she is not equal to everybody else and she is treated different from everybody else because of the scarlet A. However after many years, the sin of adultery was forgotten and she started to help the community. "Individuals in private life, meanwhile, had quite forgiven Hester Prynne for her frailty; nay, more, they had begun to look upon the scarlet letter as the token, not of that one sin, for which she had borne so long and dreary a penance, but of her many good deeds since. ' Do you see that women with the embroidered badge?' they would say to the strangers. 'It is our Hester, the town's own Hester, who is so kind to the poor, so helpful to the sick, so comfortable to the afflicted!'" And gradually, the scarlet A went from representing adultery to representing able. "...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 women's strength." These quotes show that as time passes, Hester gradually becomes equal to the others and she starts to value it because before, she was never the same as other members of the community. ...read more.


To the puritans, this issue is where they would obey the bible, and the bible says that same-sex marriage should not be allowed. To Hester, this issue is pointless and it cannot change much of the nation; it just reduces social problems. As Hester goes through the issues, she also decides to which candidate she would vote for if she could. It is believed that she would vote for Obama because for many issues, she believes what Obama believes. She believes only the rich people should be taxed because they have the money to pay for it. For abortion, she believes it should be legal because she might accidentally conceive a child and want to abort it. Hester dares to do what law forbidden, which is believed as a very liberal action, and when she wanted to resolve with her former husband rather than continuing the fight; that is also very liberal. Hester is a woman who has the courage to face her sin, her shame. However at the same time, she is very passionate towards the people she loves such as Pearl and Arthur. She takes risk in order to accomplish goals, and she commits a sin by loving someone. She is intelligent and capable, and extraordinary situations make her important as a protagonist of The Scarlet Letter. ?? ?? ?? ?? Lincoln Wang Nov 5, 08 Block 2 & 6 Combo ...read more.

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