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Hester Prynne Sanction
Hester Prynne Sanction
Hester Prynne Sanction The persistent issue of corporate punishment has been the proverbial thorn in the side of many people throughout history. Corporations have caused many people huge amounts of both physical and emotional pain due to instances of improper mechanical maintenance, ignorance towards the environment, and the manufacture of life threatening products. The main problem that lies as an obstacle in front of prosecutors of these corporations is, who do they punish? The Lord Chancellor
One of the most significant writers of the romantic period in American
One of the most significant writers of the romantic period in American
One of the most significant writers of the romantic period in American literature was Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hawthorne wrote stories that opposed the ideas of Transcendentalism. Since he had ancestors of Puritan belief, Hawthorne wrote many stories about Puritan New England. His most famous story is the Scarlet Letter. This novel tells of the punishment of a woman, Hester Prynne, who committed adultery and gave birth to Pearl. A minister of Boston, Arthur Dimmesdale, had an affair with Hester whi
In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynne and her daug
In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynne and her daug
In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynne and her daughter Pearl are isolated from society; this is shown by where they live, the action from people toward Pearl and Pearl's reaction, and finally the response of the community toward Hester's scarlet letter. Hester and Pearl are isolated by living so far out as they do. Pearl shows signs that she is brought up without a friend in the world but her mother. The response toward Hester's scarlet letter from the town's people show how
In Hawthorne's revered novel The Scarlet Letter the use of Romanticism
In Hawthorne's revered novel The Scarlet Letter the use of Romanticism
In Hawthorne's revered novel The Scarlet Letter, the use of Romanticism plays an important role in the development of his characters. He effectively demonstrates individualism in Hester to further our understanding of the difficulties of living in Boston, the stern, joyless world of Puritan New England. It is all gloom and doom. If the sun ever shines, one could hardly notice. The entire place seems to be shrouded in black. The people of this society were stern, and of course repressive. They a
Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne are two of the most influentia
Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne are two of the most influentia
Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne are two of the most influential authors in American Literature. Both men wrote about similar themes, creating great admiration between them. The relationship that had grown between them was a source of critic and interpretation that would ultimately influence each of their works. Melville in particular was moved by Hawthorne’s intellectual stimulation and inspired him to write Moby-Dick, a dramatic novel that has proved to be one of the greatest in Americ
Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter provides us with intricate ch
Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter provides us with intricate ch
Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, provides us with intricate characters to analyze and evaluate. Hawthorne carefully constructs his characters, giving them each different emotions, values, physical attributes, and thus creating different souls. One sees character development throughout the book, until at the end, one is left with an image of a seemingly real person. One of Hawthorne's carefully constructed characters is, Arthur Dimmesdale. With Arthur, one sees how sin changes him dra
Evil can be defined as That which is the reverse of good physically o
Evil can be defined as That which is the reverse of good physically o
Evil can be defined as, That which is the reverse of good, physically or morally; whatever is censurable painful, disastrous, or undesirable. In the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mistriss Hibbins can also be defined in those terms. She is believed to be evil by many of the characters. Henry Louis Mencken once said, It is a sin to believe evil of others, but is seldom a mistake. In this novel he was right, Mistriss Hibbins is evil. However, she is an important character
Summary of Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter
Summary of Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter
Summary of Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter The story takes place in the Puritan village of Boston, Massachusetts, during the first half of the 17th Century. Several years before the novel begins, Hester Prynne came to the New World to await the arrival of her husband who had business to conclude in Europe. However, Hester's husband was captured by Indians upon his arrival in New England and did not arrive in Boston as Hester expected. While living alone in Boston and believing her hus
Symbolism of the Letter A Throughout Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet
Symbolism of the Letter A Throughout Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet
Symbolism of the Letter A Throughout Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter includes many profound and important symbols. This device of symbolism is portrayed well in the novel, especially through the scarlet letter A. The A is the best example because of the changes in the meaning throughout the novel. In the beginning of the novel, the scarlet letter A is viewed as a symbol of sin. The middle of the novel is a transition period, where the scar
The Scaffold's Power
The Scaffold's Power
The Scaffold's Power Recurring events show great significance and elucidate the truth beneath appearances. In The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne chooses the scaffold scenes to show powerful differences and similarities. Each scaffold scene foreshadows the next and brings greater understanding of the novel. By beginning with the first, continuing with the middle, and ending with the last platform scene, we can gain a better understanding of this masterpiece. At the beginning of the book, Hes
The Scarlet Letter is a book of much symbolism One of the most complex
The Scarlet Letter is a book of much symbolism One of the most complex
The Scarlet Letter is a book of much symbolism. One of the most complex and misunderstood symbols in the book is Pearl, the daughter of Hester Prynne. Pearl, throughout the story, develops into a dynamic symbol - one that is always changing. In the following essay, I will explore some of the symbolism which Pearl came to represent throughout the novel. In The Scarlet Letter, Hester, for her sins, received a scarlet letter, A which she had to wear upon her chest. This was the Puritan way of tr
Visions of a Past Society
Visions of a Past Society
Visions of a Past Society In a world where society is disorganized, unhappy, and chaotic, it can be extremely difficult to provide an honest, and just law system. As a result, in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, people use their religion (Puritan), as judge, jury, and executioner. For some people, it can be very troublesome to live a normal life when you are surrounded by biased and chauvinistic men and women. In this story, Hester Prynne is a victim of her religion, and her fellow tow
Do You Dread Guilt
Do You Dread Guilt
Do You Dread Guilt? What is guilt? We all have guilt about something. Maybe forgetting something, lied about something, or even did something that shouldn't of been done. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne we saw guilt fester in the minds and outward appearance of the main characters, Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth. When you hear the word guilt what do you think it means? Guilt means remorseful awareness of having done something wrong or of having failed to d
In Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynnes scarlet toke
In Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynnes scarlet toke
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne’s scarlet token liberates her more than it punishes her. First of all, Hester’s 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
Evil of Isolation
Evil of Isolation
Evil of Isolation In the New Testament it states that the wages of sin is death. Though the penalty of sin in The Scarlet Letter is not a termination of life, the evil of isolation can be a physically, morally, and socially tortuous event in Puritan society. Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale, in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, are both victims of the cruel isolation from Puritan society on the basis of their sins. Hester wears her sin upon her breast where it stands as a constant reminder o
Hester What a Change
Hester What a Change
Hester, What a Change! The Puritans came from England in the sixteen hundreds to break free from the laws and regulations made by the king of England. In the new world, they were able to practice their own form of religion. The Puritans believed in God and His laws. A Young Puritan’s Code was Being sensible, that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these resolutions so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ sake.
The Scarlet H
The Scarlet H
The Scarlet H The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is about the trials and tribulations of Hester Prynne, a woman living in colonial Boston. Found guilty of adultery, Hester's punishment is to wear a visible symbol of her sin: the scarlet letter A. Through the book, the reader comes to know Hester, the adulteress; Dimmesdale, the holy man Hester had the affair with; and Chillingworth, the estranged husband of Hester who is out for revenge. The Scarlet Letter examines the interaction of t
Mitchell Hochberg
Mitchell Hochberg
Mitchell Hochberg English 1/11/96 Light and Darkness Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is one of the most analyzed and most discussed literary works in American literature and for good reason. Hawthorne’s ambiguity and his intense use of symbols have made this work incredibly complex and incredibly bothersome. In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses many symbols to give insight into characters and promote his views on society. The scaffold scenes in The Scarlet Letter tell the re
Nathaniel Hawthorn started writing The Scarlet Letter in 1847 and it w
Nathaniel Hawthorn started writing The Scarlet Letter in 1847 and it w
Nathaniel Hawthorn started writing The Scarlet Letter in 1847 and it was published in 1850. The Scarlet Letter is recognize by many critics as being one of the greatest of American novels.1 Hawthorn created his own individual style of romance, a style of writing. His own individual style of writing is now called Hawthorn's Theory of Romance. His theory of Romance is emphasized in The Scarlet Letter in many different ways. The techniques Hawthorn used in The Scarlet Letter are basically
Q If the book did not evoke any past memories or associations do you c
Q If the book did not evoke any past memories or associations do you c
Q: If the book did not evoke any past memories or associations, do you consider it literature? Based on which other criteria? I. I did not make a very clear connection with the text at all during my reading of it. Rosenblat said The readers attention to the text activates certain elements in his past experience-external reference, internal response-that have become linked with the verbal symbols. This rang true to me for, as I was plodding through the text, I saw a well crafted story with imp
In Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter life is centered around a r
In Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter life is centered around a r
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, life is centered around a rigid, Puritanistic-structured society in which one is unable to divulge his or her innermost thoughts and secrets. Every human being needs the opportunity to express how they truly feel, or the emotion is bottled up until it becomes volatile. Unfortunately, Puritan society did not permit this expression, so characters had to seek alternate means in order to relieve themselves. Luckily, at least for the four main characters,
ENGLISH III AP Scarlett Letter
ENGLISH III AP Scarlett Letter
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ + ENGLISH III AP: Scarlett Letter + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Scarlet Letter A Reading Log by Brandon Moeller English III AP Fisher-7 8/7/96 CHAPTER 1- The Prison-Door- I found this one page introductory chapter to be very dramatic as it explained the history of the colony by telling the history of the prison-door. From the looks of this chapter, this story will probably be dragged out as much as possible. At first I thought the way Nathaniel Haw
Secrets We Have Them We Hide Them but Can We Live With Them
Secrets We Have Them We Hide Them but Can We Live With Them
Secrets. We Have Them, We Hide Them, but Can We Live With Them? Deception is defined by Webster's Dictionary as the art of misrepresentation. Throughout the history of mankind, the use of deception to promote oneself to a higher level, or to hide one's past, has been a common occurrence. In the novel The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne , Chillingworth and Dimmesdale both use deception to hide secrets from each other, and from the rest of the town. Hester Prynne is the only one who knows
British Literature
British Literature
British Literature Matt Gordon 9-22-96 Symbolism In The Scarlet Letter Symbolism in literature is the deepness and hidden meaning in a piece of work. It is often used to represent a moral or religious belief or value. Without symbolism literature is just a bunch of meaningless words on paper. The most symbolic piece of work in American Literature is Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. Hawthorne’s use of symbolism in The Scarlet Letter is one of the most significant contributions to the ri
Pesaresi 1 Julia Pesaresi
Pesaresi 1 Julia Pesaresi
Pesaresi 1 Julia Pesaresi Burns 3rd Period Pre-Ap English 20 February 96 Solitude and Isolation: Three of Hawthorne's works Solitude and isolation are immense, powerful, and overcoming feelings. They possess the ability to destroy a person's life by overwhelming it with gloom and darkness. Isolate is defined: to place or keep by itself, separate from others (Webster 381). Solitude is the state of being alone (Webster 655). Nathaniel Hawthorne uses these themes of solitude and isolation for th
Winnie Yang
Winnie Yang
Winnie Yang Oct. 29, 1996 Hon. English III Hour I The Effects and Implications of Sin in The Scarlet Letter Sin is the transgression of a moral code designated by either society or the transgressor. The Puritans of Boston in the novel, The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, establish a rigid moral code by which to purge their society of deviants. As this society is inherently theocratic, the beliefs and restrictions established by religion are not only incorporated into law but constitute
The Effects of Sin in The Scarlet Letter
The Effects of Sin in The Scarlet Letter
The Effects of Sin in The Scarlet Letter Sin is the main theme in the Scarlet Letter. All of the characters in the book were somehow affected by the main sin, which was adultery. The three main characters were the most widely affected, and their whole lives were molded by the way they dealt with the sin. The sin surrounds, encloses, and strangles them. There was no escaping from its harsh consequences. Hester Prynne's sin was as an adulteress, and the result of this was that she had to wear the
The Scaffold
The Scaffold
The Scaffold The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is characterized by three major events that occur on the town scaffold. What takes place on this platform will determine the path which the three main characters, Hester Prynne, Mr. Dimmsdale, and their daughter Pearl will follow. The three scenes mark the beginning, middle, and end of their ignominy. The scaffold is a platform where criminals are punished before all the townspeople. In this case, the criminal is Hester Prynne and the cro
March 181994
March 181994
March 18,1994 The Scarlet Letter: An Analysis of Symbolism The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is generally considered to be the first American symbolic novel. A symbol is something which is used to represent something broader in meaning. The most obvious symbol in the novel is the actual scarlet A which both the criticism and I agree upon. This A is the literal symbol of the sin of adultery. The letter A then appears in many different forms throughout the novel. The gold-embroidered
THE SCARLET LETTER
THE SCARLET LETTER
THE SCARLET LETTER Since the dawn of time people have read, studied andenjoyed books in which the hero or heroes fall from grace.No matter who those heroes are- the human race in The Bible,the demon prince Lestat in Anne Rice's Vampire Chroniclesor a certain Thane of Cawdor in Macbeth- sin plays a greatpart in all of their downfalls and subsequent ressurections.And the three main characters in Hawthorne's The ScarletLetter-Dimmesdale, Chillingsworth, and Hester Prynne- are no different.
Many criminals today serve their time in prison and are then set free
Many criminals today serve their time in prison and are then set free
Many criminals today serve their time in prison and are then set free. Most of them go on to commit other crimes, without learning the lesson their punishment was meant to teach. the worst punishment possible is torture and to live with ones own guilt. In The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne is punished by having to stnd on a scaffold for three hours and having to wear a scarlet letter on her breast. After a while she feels no guilt and goes on about her life. People in the community forget about
The Scarlet Letter is a story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne The story
The Scarlet Letter is a story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne The story
The Scarlet Letter is a story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The story's setting is in the 1850's during the puritan times in Boston, Massachusetts. Roger Chillingworth was one of the main characters along with Hester Prynne and Author Dimmesdale. Roger Chillingworth was a small, thin, and was slightly deformed in appearance with one shoulder being higher than the other. He was described on page fifty-six by Hester Prynne as being remarkable intelligence in his features, as of a person who ha
Prof Wineapple
Prof Wineapple
Prof. Wineapple Paper #2, Topic #5 In Melville's Moby Dick our narrator, Ishmael, has a unique view on the great white whale. ...all these are but subtle deceits, not actually inherent in substances, but only laid on from without; so that all deified Nature absolutely paints like the harlot, whose allurement's cover nothing but the charnel-house within... By examining his remarks, we can tell he is a very down-to-earth man; however, Melville uses a common theme of how do you know for sure.
Chapter 2-The Market-Place
Chapter 2-The Market-Place
Chapter 2-The Market-Place The chapter begins with the narrator setting up the story. In these first few paragraphs we can see the dislike Hawthorne has for the disdainful practices of the Puritains. From here he moves to the beginning of the story line, where we see many people scattered about a scaffold. The main focus is several women that speak their minds on the current situation. We discover that our main character, Hester, is about to accept punishment for her awful deed. With phrases su
Woman it is thy badge of shame 107 Governor Bellingham was describin
Woman it is thy badge of shame 107 Governor Bellingham was describin
Woman, it is thy badge of shame! (107). Governor Bellingham was describing the scarlet letter to Hester while they were discussing if the punishments that Hester had to go through were adequate enough for the crime. Hester was living in the outskirts of the city in a small abandoned cottage for several years with the only thing that had any monetary value in her life, her child and the product of committing adultery, Pearl. She and her little Pearl were shunned from the community for her acts
The Scarlet Letter defines the relationship between the individual and
The Scarlet Letter defines the relationship between the individual and
The Scarlet Letter defines the relationship between the individual and society through Hester's alienation from Puritan Boston caused by the sin she committed, and subsequently the scarlet A she wore on her bosom. Hawthorne's Hester Prynne is a common character among Romantic writers; a rebel who refuses to conform to society's codes. However, in the novel, society is not made out as the sole evil force. While most readers would instinctively feel sympathy for Hester's nonconformist attitude, s
The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter Chapter 1 A prison door is surrounded by a group of Puritan settlers. They are dressed in dark, simple clothing, and wear serious expressions. Just to the side of the door is a single wild rose bush, covered with flowers because it is June, rose season: [O]n one side of the portal, and rooted almost at the threshold, was a wild rose-bush, covered, in this month of June, with its delicate gems, which might be imagined to offer their fragrance and fragile beauty to the prisoner
The Scarlet letter
The Scarlet letter
The Scarlet letter The Scarlet letter was a book about a women who had comited a crime called adultry she had to wear a letter A on her clothes so everyone would know that she committed a crime. She loved a man she could never be seen with who she had a child with named Pearl. There are many ways that the scarlet letter was shown in the context of this book. Some of the ways the scarlet letter was shown in the contexts, the letter A , Pearl, and the meteor in the sky. The letter A was the letter
Hawthornes Style of Writing
Hawthornes Style of Writing
Hawthorne’s Style of Writing in The Scarlet Letter and “Young Goodman Brown” Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American novelist whose works were deeply concerned with the ethical problems of sin, punishment, and atonement and contributed greatly to the evolution of modern American literature. A New England native, Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts on July 4, 1804 and died on May 19, 1864 in New Hampshire. An avid seaman, Hawthorne’s father died in 1808 when Nathaniel was only a young child.
One Love One Heart
One Love One Heart
One Love, One Heart In the recent documentary, Bowling for Columbine, Matt Stone, the co-creator of South Park, said that it is a universally believed truth about school that if you don’t succeed, you will be a failure for life. If you don’t do well on your tests, you’ll never make it to honors, you’ll never go to a good college and you’ll be “poor and lonely for the rest of your life.” If you are a loser in high school you will be and feel like a loser your whole life. That is anything but the
The Greatest Sinner
The Greatest Sinner
The Greatest Sinner ‘In Adam’s fall we sinned all’. January 12, 2003 2nd Hour In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, the reader is able to observe how one sin devastates three lives. Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth are all guilty of succumbing to temptation, anger, and desire, causing all to fit the definition of a sinner. However, the question in this book is not of who sinned, for everyone is a sinner, it is of who sinned the greatest. Chillingworth's iniquities
The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter October, 2003 Many great works of literature are filled with material symbols that are meant to represent other deeper more meaningful things, none more so than the letter “A” in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter”. In this book, Hawthorne provides us with an intricate plot that takes the scarlet letter through a rollercoaster of ups and downs, spanning the spectrum of positive and negative connotation throughout the course of the novel. While the sense of the meaning a
The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter The book The Scarlet Letter is all about symbolism. People and objects are symbolic of events and thoughts. Throughout the course of the book, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses Hester, Pearl, and Arthur Dimmesdale to signify Puritanic and Romantic philosophies. Hester Prynne, through the eyes of the Puritans, is an extreme sinner; she has gone against the Puritan ways, committing adultery. For this irrevocably harsh sin, she must wear a symbol of shame for the rest of her life. However
The True Sinners
The True Sinners
The True Sinners The main characters, Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, Roger Chillingworth, and the Puritan society represented by the townspeople, all sinned. The story is a study of the effects of sin on the hearts and minds of Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth. Sin strengthens Hester, humanizes Dimmesdale, and turns Chillingworth into the villain. Hester Prynne�s sin was adultery. This sin was regarded very seriously by the Puritans, and was often punished by death. Hester�s punishme
The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne Nathaniel Hawthorne's background influenced him to write the bold novel The Scarlet Letter. One important influence on the story is money. Hawthorne had never made much money as an author and the birth of his first daughter added to the financial burden (Biographical Note VII). He received a job at the Salem Custom House only to lose it three years later and be forced to write again to support his family (IX). Consequently, The Scarlet Letter was publi
When the topic of a Puritanical society is brought up most people thin
When the topic of a Puritanical society is brought up most people thin
When the topic of a Puritanical society is brought up, most people think of a rigorous, conservative, highly devout society. While this may have usually been the case, this was not always so. The Puritan society was also known not to act out of brotherly, Christian love, but to cruelly lash out on those who sinned or were deemed unfit for society. Two works of literature that display both aspects of this society very accurately are The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and The Crucible, by
Tales of romance lust and unrequited love are being published daily an
Tales of romance lust and unrequited love are being published daily an
Tales of romance, lust, and unrequited love are being published daily and our literary history is full of examples. From Romeo and Juliet to Baywatch authors have strived to express the emotion of love. The Romantic movement in American literature greatly expanded the love story genre. In Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter he writes of adultery in a Puritan village. The story deals with the relationship between Hester Prynne, a young bride awaiting her husband, and Arthur Dimmsdale, an inspi
Hester's Devotion
Hester's Devotion
Hester's Devotion The Romantic movement in American literature greatly expanded the love story genre. In Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter he writes of adultery in a Puritan village. The story deals with the relationship between Hester Prynne, a young bride awaiting her husband, and Arthur Dimmsdale, an inspired Puritan minister who is beloved by the populace. Do Hester and Dimmsdale truly love each other? Hester does indeed love Dimmsdale, but the love is not returned by the preacher. It is
Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter tells of adultery in a
Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter tells of adultery in a
Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter tells of adultery in a Puritan village. The story deals with the relationship between Hester Prynne, a young wife waiting for her older husband, and Arthur Dimmsdale, an inspired Puritan minister who is beloved by the villagers. Hester loves Dimmsdale, but the love is not returned by the preacher. It is obvious from the beginning that Hester loves Dimmsdale. One example is when she is being pressed by the people for the identity of the father of her
In The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthrone masterfully weaves many them
In The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthrone masterfully weaves many them
In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthrone masterfully weaves many themes and uses character development to format the plot of this novel. The themes of The Scarlet Letter are carried out through the four main characters -- Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, Roger Chillingsworth, and Pearl -- and also through symbolism. In this novel, Hawthrone hoped to show that although Hester and Dimmesdale sinned, they achieved the wisdom of self knowledge and inner growth through their suffering. Background