A Literary Analysis of Hester Prynne in "A Scarlet Letter"
The wedding vows said by a priest is to "love, honor, and obey" one's partner through life until death. When one, like Hester Prynne, contravenes these promises, a sin is created. Hester Prynne knew of this sin the moment she uttered "I do" on her wedding day with Roger Chillingworth, a man she clearly knew she did not love. The love that formed within Hester and Dimmesdale was marked by sin by the community, but was not sinful. Dimmesdale and Hester were true to God and themselves, and it seems as if the sin was actually an action imposed upon these two mortals from their very own God to test their strength in life in order to be warmly accepted into Heaven. The love that these two share is true, unlike the false love that Hester and Chillingworth have. The sin could not have been avoided between the lovers, for they are destined for the same fate based upon this sin. The strength Hester has is created on her own, for she is true to herself and continues to struggle under the burning letter for her God. The scarlet letter "A" represents the love, the sin, the strength that Hester has in her soul.…
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