Response to The Scarlet Letter “Confess thy truth and thoushall have eternal rest.
” I belive that is the moral to be taughtin this novel of inspirational love, yet a novel of muchsorrow. The impossible became possible in The ScarletLetter, a story set back in the Puritan Times. In thisresponse, I will give my reactions in writing to differentaspects of the novel;the characchters, my likes and dislikes,my questions, and my opinion of the harsh Puritain lifestyle.Hester Prynne, the Reverend Dimmesdale, and RogerChillingworth each suffered guilt in their own way in thenovel The Scarlet Letter. In the beginning of the novel,Hester Prynne should have not suffered the way she did onthe scaffold alone. She was forced to be intergated by thehigh-officials of the town, while holding her little Pearl inarms.
Making matters worse, the father of the child was inthat very group of officals. She was then sentenced to wearthe scarlet letter “A”, showing her guilt “externally”. Unableto take it off, she was forced to show her guilt to the entiresettlement. However, the Reverend Dimmesdale suffered”internally”, with a scarlet letter of his own engraved in hismind, and on his chest as well. He felt like he betrayed God,and beat himself in a frenzy to prove his wrongdoing. Heoften questioned wheather his authority was true or not.
Roger Chillingworth suffered the least, because he onlyfailed to reveal the secret that he knew, the father of thechild who Hester Prynne was forced to live with. This smallrestriction to his life forced him to suffer “internally”. I haddifferent likes and dislikes in the novel The Scarlet Letter.There were many things that needed to be judged to fit intothe given catagories, including; character attitudes, andcharacter decisions. For example, the attitude displayedfrom the Reverend Mr.
Dimmesdale was rather unnapealingto me. There are different ways of settling ones guilt ratherthan whipping oneself in a closet. The one character whoseattitude was appealing to me was that of Pearl’s. Sheshowed that mistakes in a relationship often lead to badsituations. Her mischeif and connection to the devil areexamples of just those situations. Character decisions playedan euqally important role. For example, I thought thedescision for Hester not to tell who was the father of Pearlon the scaffold to be very brave, but was wrong.
She couldhave ended it a lot quicker if she told the truth. A descisionthat I supportted was the plan for Hester, the ReverendDimmesdale and Pearl to leave town, because it was a wayto start a new life. Certain questions came about whenreading The Scarlet Letter. Many of them involved smalldetails. . For example, why did Hester not tell her daughterat a younger age what the “A” embroidered on her clothesmeant? Why did the minister wear elaborate garments whenconducting his self-punishment in the closet? However, otherquestions were involving larger situations. Why did theminster keep quiet when he knew he wouldn’t live for muchlonger? What made Hester finnally remove her scarlet letter(for a short period of time)? The Puritanic age was a harshand brutal period of time.
At many times, citizens had norights whatsoever. The persecuted depended on the fate ofthe few elite, or the top officials of town. Their laws weresrict regaurding having a child out of wedlock, and if notfollowed, a scarlet letter “A” would place itself upon thatperson(s). My thoughts on the whole Puritanic epoch are notsympothetic.
The strict rules set guildlines and formed asociety in which much of it had no problems. I would eventhink that if applied to currnet times, it would turn societyaround dramatically.Category: Book Reports