'The Scarlet Letter' and 'Potrait of a Lady' - the Heroines and their Saviours Analytical Essay

'The Scarlet Letter' and 'Potrait of a Lady' - the Heroines and their Saviours
This paper discusses the role of secondary characters in Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Scarlet Letter' and Henry James' 'Portait of a Lady'.
# 6075 | 3,630 words | 0 sources | MLA | 1997 | IL
Published on Feb 09, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , Women Studies (General)


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This paper is an analysis of two novels -'The Scarlet Letter' and 'Portait of a Lady'. Each heroine in both of the books is explored in depth and the secondary characters are analyzed.These books deal with people whom live in very religious communities and have sinned. They are both condemned for their sins and are forced to live with them for the rest of their lives. This paper concludes that a new phase of life is best for both characters.

From the Paper:

"The Scarlet Letter is unquestionably the story of Hester Prynne, a woman who violated the seventh commandment by committing adultery. She is punished by the the Puritan society and forced to wear the letter A. Hester is a victim of society, of her own actions, and of fate. Indeed, she is the victim of the letter she carries on her chest. The story is also that of Arthur Dimmesdale, an ordained minister, a devoted servant of God. He is doomed to be a hypocrite and secretly carry the burden of his sin. His punishment is to be tormented for seven long years. Concealing this sin breaks his heart and leads to a prolonged death because he had neither the courage nor the strength to face society and stand by Hester. Hester and Arthur are both punished for their sin and must face the consequences of their actions, either privately or publicly."

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