In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne analyzes Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth. In the story, Hester is the main character of the story and was called Mistress Prynne (Hawthorne 70). Dimmesdale, in the story was referred to as Reverend Dimmesdale (Hawthorne 90). Chillingworth was originally named, Roger Prynne but later in the story he changed his name to Roger Chillingworth. In the story, Hester committed adultery with Dimmesdale against Chillingworth and in the beginning she got punished and sent to prison and later she got to get out of prison but with the exception of having to wear the letter A on her breast every time she went out in to town.
In The Scarlet Letter, Hester is the main character. Hester is referred to as “Mistress Prynne” (Hawthorne 70). The Scarlet Letter also mentions she is holding her three month old baby, Pearl, in her arms who winked and turned her head by the sun’s rays (Hawthorne 71). She is described as having an elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold thread “letter A” on the breast of her gown (Hawthorne 71). Hester was also a tall woman (Hawthorne 72). Her hair was dark and abundant her hair shined while the sunshine gleamed off her hair (Hawthorne 72). Hester had a marked brow and dark black eyes (Hawthorne 72). Hester Prynne is often described as a lady-like person (Hawthorne 72).
Hester’s role in the story is described as sleeping with a priest and got accused of committing adultery and got punished by having to wear a scarlet letter “A” on the breast of her gown (Hawthorne 71). Hester Prynne’s punishment is to go to prison and then with her child, Pearl, go and stand out on the platform in front of everybody wearing her scarlet letter on the breast of her gown (Howells). Hester has a husband named Arthur Dimmesdale and her secret husband is Roger Chillingworth (Howells). Roger was originally named Roger Prynne, but he found out Hester slept with Arthur Dimmesdale and therefore changed his name to Roger Chillingworth (Gartner). Hester is named for the biblical Queen Esther (Gartner).
In the book, law may not be single-handedly govern extramarital sex that is evidenced by Hester having extramarital sex despite strict bans (Tamkang). The A on the breast of Hester is made of a symbol to be made use of (Tamkang). Hester Prynne was victimized of committing adultery (Tamkang). Hester Prynne, when she was convicted of extramarital sex, is brought before a tribunal that could have given her a death sentence if they had not given her special consideration (Tamkang). In the story, Hester is condemned to stand on the platform of the pillory for three hours, and thereafter to wear on her bosom a scarlet letter (Tamkang).
Hester was forced to marry Roger Chillingworth, but she did not love him. She fell in love with Arthur Dimmesdale and slept with him behind Chillingworth’s back (Hawthorne 69). Hester Prynne was felt as if she was not loved by Chillingworth, so she decided to start seeing the priest...