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Sin/Symbol in Scarlet Letter

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Lekha Ravichandran Period 0 5/21/09 Scarlet Letter: Sin Symbol - Letter I Hester Prynne, the protagonist in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter, was forced to wear the letter A for the rest of her life because she committed adultery. This was viewed as an unforgivable sin in the Puritanical society - but despite all the stern looks she received atop the scaffold, she handled this situation "with a burning blush, and yet a haughty smile, and a glance that would not be abashed." (P. 48) Unlike Hester, I never had to endure such a circumstance as shameful and degrading as her's, but after wearing my letter ...read more.


my demeanor as it did on Hester's where it "seemed to express the attitude of her spirit, the desperate recklessness of her mood, by its wild and picturesque peculiarity." (P. 49) For the first few days I wore the letter I, I felt extremely conscious and aware of the letter on my shirt and kept messing with it, as I'm sure Hester did. But also like Hester, I proudly displayed the letter - but I don't know if I would have felt the same way about my letter if was in her situation since I had many of my friends share the same experience with me at the same time since they too had to flaunt their letters on their heart. ...read more.


I'm sure Hester did not enjoy her mark of shame, but she did learn an important lesson and grows as a result from her experience - as did I. Hester finds peace with society and herself near the end of the novel and took the letter to her grave to prove that she has nothing to hide. My experience in wearing the letter I upon my chest for five days helped me understand a little better of Hester's transformation within a span of many years. ...read more.

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