scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,356
In Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynnes scarlet token liberates her more than it punishes her First of all Hesters soul is freed by her admission of her crime by enduring her earthly punishment Hester is assured of a place in the heavens Also though her appearance is much hampered by the scarlet letter her mind is freed by it that an intellectual passion rises from her isolation and suffering 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 The scarlet letter is indeed a blessing to Hester Prynne more than the curse she believes it to be The scarlet symbol of ignominy may have defiled Hesters public image yet it has been a benefit rather than a bane to her soul for by admitting her crime to the crowd her soul is freed from two hells first the fiery pit where she would otherwise go after death and second the own personal hell Hester will create for herself if she had chosen to hide her sin in her heart Though it was ordered for Hester to wear the letter it was still her own choice to make it in a vivid scarlet so fantastically embroidered and illuminated upon her bosom Hester chose red as the color of her brand of shame to declare to the rest of the townspeople that she is prepared to acknowledge her sin instead of denying it she could have chosen to wear her A in a plain and nondistinct color to escape the townspeoples disdain By displaying her guilt however she is granted the opportunity to face her punishment bravely thus through her public humiliation she achieves freedom from the personal guilt of not suffering enough for her crimes Furthermore the scarlet letter forthwith seemed to scorch into Hesters breast
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA