Her inner strength, her defiance of convention, her honesty, and her compassion may have been in her character all along, but the scarlet letter brings them to our attention. The legend speaks of a Black Man who inhabits the woods and gets people to write their names in his book, using their own blood as ink. Drama Among Puritans The Scarlet Letter is a novel full of scandal and melodrama, which may seem surprising since it's also full of Puritans, who hardly have a reputation as a hard-partying bunch. With what a ghastly rapture. Finally, it defines her identity, for the letter makes Hester the woman that she is; it gives her roots, character, and a uniqueness to her being that sets her apart from the other Puritans. And I don't know, I suppose she's an epitome of female predicaments. While waiting for him, she had an affair with a Puritan minister named Dimmesdale, after which she gave birth to Pearl.
By an accurate measurement, each limb proved to be precisely three inches and a quarter in length. A pure hand needs no glove to cover it! Hester manages to support herself and her little daughter, Pearl, through sewing and embroidery, but they're not exactly living the Real Housewives of Massachusetts Bay dream. Her might is also evident in her dealings with both her husband, Roger Chillingworth, and also her lover, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale. She looks to the local pastor for comfort; somewhere along the way passion emerges, culminating in the conception and subsequent birth of their child, Pearl. And is this his mark? It is through Hester's strength of character and her ceaseless good deeds that the collective mindset of the town begins to change in her favor.
Indirectly, she is characterized by words, appearance, and what others think ab … out her. Hester might nurse the sick and clothe the poor just like any charitable Puritan woman, but all the soft, womanly feelings are gone from her heart. The townspeople came to her, some staring in awe, some revering her presence. Jonathan Pue an ancient surveyor of the Customs House. Even though she committed a sin in a moment of weakness, she strives to be a good Christian. It may be, we shall see flowers there; more beautiful ones than we find in the woods.
Hester has many qualities about her that make her different from the whole Boston community. Later in the novel, we discover that Arthur Dimmesdale is the confidential lover. This defiance becomes stronger and will carry her through later interviews with both Chillingworth and Governor Bellingham. Hester comforted him to the scaffold, and stuck by him to the end, as he admitted his sin of adultery, which shocked the people of Boston. But Hester maintains her dignity well, and proves to be the strongest and most independent character in the novel. Finally, Hester becomes an angel of mercy who eventually lives out her life as a figure of compassion in the community.
Governor Bellingham - Governor Bellingham is a wealthy, elderly gentleman who spends much of his time consulting with the other town fathers. Hester's self-reliance and inner strength are further revealed in her defiance of the law and in her iron will during her confrontation with the governor of the colony. It seemed to me then, that I experienced a sensation not altogether physical, yet almost so, as of a burning heat; and as if the letter were not of red cloth, but red-hot iron. The latter is perhaps the truest theory. No it was not because tiger woods was there. These traits help her get through the years she must wear the scarlet letter.
Hester's religious belief is genuine. Another literary figure using the surname Prynne is a woman who had an adulterous relationship with a pastor in the novel A Month of Sundays by , part of his trilogy of novels based on characters in The Scarlet Letter. Ultimately, Chillingworth represents true evil who affects the other three characters. Wilson's questions, the child finally announced that she had not been made at all, but had been plucked by her mother off the bush of wild roses that grew by the prison-door. Hester Prynne is depicted as a compassionate woman who submissively deals with the stress and anguish of a sin that was committed prior to the beginning of the story. Mistress Hibbins the sister of Governor Bellingham.
He deals with his guilt by tormenting himself physically and psychologically, developing a heart condition as a result. She had dark and abundant hair, so glossy that it through off the sunshine with a gleam and a face regularity of features and riches of complexion, and the impressiveness belonging to a marked brow and deep black eyes. After Pearl got married, and Chillingworth was long dead, Hester Prynne returned to Boston to recollect and to repent. She had to raise Pearl all by herself, without a fatherly figure and live isolated from the community. Her devotion to her penitence is so thorough that when her daughter inherits a considerable amount of wealth at the end of the novel and the two of them move away, Hester cannot stand to be gone for very long.
Mistress Hibbins - Mistress Hibbins is a widow who lives with her brother, Governor Bellingham, in a luxurious mansion. She held her head high and never let anyone affect her or Pearl. And, that thou mayst live, take off this draught. He gave her in requital of all things else, which he had taken from me. She is honest about her affair, but after she is released from jail, she isolates herself from the rest of the society and covers her beauty by wearing a hat. John Wilson the eldest clergyman in Boston and a friend of Arthur Dimmesdale.
Hester is married to Roger Chillingworth, but while Hester awaited her husband's arrival from Amsterdam, she met Dimmesdale and engaged in the adulterous affair, which led to Pearl's birth. But, indeed, he was blind and foolish, as he ever and always is. Seen by the three main examples in the novel, Hester's hair is an important figurative symbol that represents the different points where Hester may stand. That thou shalt never know! When she is punished for adultery after becoming pregnant, who should appear but her husband, who had been assumed lost at sea. We read that she married Chillingworth although she did not love him, but we never fully understand why. I felt no love, nor feigned any.