A Characteristics Analysis of Scarlett Letter Defying on Major Characters

Hawthorne, not apprehensive with the causes of committed sin, seems to overlook the outcomes of practicing so. For Hawthorne, sin has a conditional perspective by an individual’s strength of feeling in the way of life he has to go. By his view, an individual should only feel guiltiness when he acts against the creator, nature morally and subjected to the highly exercised social code or general standards of morality. Indeed all three main characters –Hester, Dimmesdale, and Pearls- in Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter are characterized by the psychological schisms that are based on the perception of their sin.Unlike Dimmesdale, Hester is an evil in society’s eye. Though Hester has been abandoned by society because of her adultery, she never perceives her adultery as an offense against God. She consciously avoids such feeling of being isolated from the creator as she believes her disloyal act not a typical sin against the creator. Hester Prynne is treated by the society of the time as a great sinner, an outcast an object of ridicule, and contempt. This attitude of society makes her feel that the scarlet letter A is burning on her bosom. In all her intercourse with society, there is nothing to give her the feeling that she belongs to it. She awakens only horror and repugnance in the minds of the townsfolk whose words of scorn and hatred often fall upon her like a rough blow upon an ulcerated wound (Hawthorne, 2005, p. 45). When strangers looked curiously at the scarlet letter, they branded it afresh into Hester’s soul while an accustomed eye had like wish its own anguish to inflict. (Hawthorne, 2005, p. 67) It is extremely painful for the readers to read about the way Hester Prynne is treated by this puritanical society and there is no doubt that Hawthorne’s own sympathies are on the side of Hester. The attitudes of even the leading citizens like Governor Bellingham and the Reverend Mr. John Wilson, towards Hester’s guilt show patriarchy.