However, Hester hesitates to punish Pearl for being so. Shaming penalties are cruel, degrading and inhumane. To feel isolated is like standing in a crowded room, constantly filling with familiar faces but yet the feeling of emptiness or aloneness still lingers. Dimmesdale too is free at night to expose his guilt on the scaffold and reconcile with Hester. Badge of shame, Hester Prynne, John Winthrop 837 Words 3 Pages The Scarlet Letter The scarlet letter is a tragedy. Hester believes that removing the letter or running away would only show society the control they have over her. Love cannot be called a crime, though society tortured her.
He chooses a new name, Roger Chillingworth, to aid him in his plan. Similarly it is also a crime against society, for it involves that violation of a moral code formulated and honored by that society. Throughout the novel the Concept of sin, punishment, and redemption was portrayed through Hester Prynne, Aurthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth on many ways and on many levels. Restorative justice programs promote a healing response by creating an atmosphere of rapprochement and then by initiating a process by which the offender can help make the victim whole. Sin and Judgment Hawthorne's novel consistently calls into question the notion of sin and what is necessary for redemption. But the scarlet letter and Pearl are. Also, she must stand on the scaffold in the town for three hours for the whole town to recognize her grave sins.
Hester was rejected by the villagers even though she spent her life doing what she could to help the sick and the poor. The plot thickens as the mistress and the reverend strive to keep their sin a secret, and as Chillingworth appears. The participants would negotiate an appropriate course of action, which would typically include some type of apology by the offender and an agreement to furnish monetary or other types of reparation to the victim. Furthermore, she must stand on the scaffold for three hours, exposed to public humiliation. They must redeem themselves, through actions and words, for their sins. His nerve seemed absolutely destroyed.
The only remarkable features of the sketch are its frank and genuine good-humor. He inherited his Puritanism from his ancestors. She committed adultery, which was a sin that was highly chastised by the Puritan society. Most literary critics praised the book but religious leaders took issue with the novel's subject matter. December 2017 The major theme of The Scarlet Letter is shaming and social stigmatizing, both Hester's public humiliation and Dimmesdale's private shame and fear of exposure. Shaming punishments are not only inflicted upon individuals.
Society does not play the least part in the mental torture, though the role played by Chillingworth cannot be ignored. On one hand, these punishments can be disproportionately too weak on those offenders who are socially alienated. Ye shall not take her! Retrieved July 22, 2017 — via Internet Archive. But the punishment is extraordinarily lenient in comparison to the Biblical and legal punishments that were available at the time. I will not give her up! The feminist and transcendentalist movements occurred nearly simultaneously in history and pushed each other with their growing popularity. Hester, hearing rumors that she may lose Pearl, goes to speak to Governor Bellingham.
Two opposite sides of the spectrum clashing against one another to coincide. Eventually, Hester Prynne inverts all the odds against here due to her courage, pride and effort. Application The themes of suffering, punishment, and redemption all apply to the Puritan Age because of the strict social conditions and punishments of the puritans, it applies our world because of all the religious extremists in the world today. As she grows older, Pearl becomes capricious and unruly. Three other significant symbols are the scaffold, the sun, and the forest. The irony is present in the elaborate needlework of the scarlet letter. In 2005, Alon Harel and Alon Klement conducted one such study.
The only sign of hope was a rosebush that grew near the prison. In this first scene, Dimmesdale implores her to name the father of the baby and her penance may be lightened. Hawthorne relied on personal experience and convictions to support these ideas. The subtlety is that the minister's belief is his own cheating, convincing himself at every stage of his spiritual that he is saved. The American Notebooks of Nathaniel Hawthorne: Based upon the original Manuscripts in the Piermont Morgan Library.
Since the authorities of her society are all men, this refusal is the one kind of power Hester can assert. Even if a husband wanted his adulterous wife to be saved, she could be sentenced to die as a result of the community's obligations to its moral and legal statutes. This desire to find the man dwelt in his mind and tore his head up. He was isolated from the man he used to be, a caring older gentleman. Is Hester's initial crime a sin? Once the flame of love is extinguished, she can properly assimilate. He understands his sin and he confesses his crime before his death.
Some reacted with fear, others with disgust, and few were willing to treat her as an equal member of humanity. Hester's whole lifestyle was altered. He even mounts the scaffolds on the dark night of the vigil as an act of expiation. So it ever is, whether thus typified or no, that an evil deed invests itself with the tresses of her hair, and confined them beneath her cap. Having to deal with her daughter Pearl day in and day out is a punishment in itself as well. Eventually she where the Scarlett Letter not as a punishment but in her own free will.
During the 17 th and 18 th centuries, the most popular methods of punishment involved shaming penalties. Chillingworth is surprisingly forgiving of Hester's crime. The minister calls on her to give him strength to overcome his indecisiveness twice in the forest and again as he faces his confession on Election Day. Even though the criminals may have their freedom restricted, it will be in such a nominal way that it is unlikely to make a big impact. To Reverend Dimmesdale the meteor is a sign from God who is revealing his sin to everyone and causes him to be ridden with guilt. Herman Melville, Hester Prynne, Nathaniel Hawthorne 877 Words 3 Pages Amelia B.