Examine whether Hester’s elaborately hewn the scarlett letter indicated her rejection of the cummunity’s view of her act, or is it more her way of expressing herself artistically:
Tom and Chris from West Chester East High School wrote:
Hester’s elaborately hewn scarlet “A” indicates her rejection of the community’s view of her act. The letter was supposed to be a harsh reminder of her terrible sin. On page 37 the narrator says, “But the point which drew all eyes, and, as it were, transfigured the wearer,-so that both men and women, who had been familiarly qcquainted with Hester Prynne, were now impressed as
if they beheld her for the first time,- was that Scarlet Letter, so fantastically embroidered and illumninated upon her bosom. It had the effect of a spell, taking her out of the ordinary relations with humanity, and inclosing her in a sphere by herself.” This quotation shows that the letter’s purpose was to increase her shame for every day she lived. The only way Hester could protest the community’s opinion was to decorate the scarlet letter. By decorating it, she had turned it from a “spell” to a beautiful decoration that represented her strength. Once she made the letter elaborate, she no longer was completely controlled by its shame. Hester then was able to get a better reputation in the community for her hard work and ability. Hester was too strong of a character to simply decorate her scarlet letter without having a motive. She needed to lessen the pain, which she did by decorating the letter.
For example, seven years after the birth of Pearl, Hester’s appearance had changed greatly. She no longer let her hair down, and she appeared to be wiser. This is proof that although Hester sewed for a living, she did not care for pointless embroidery. The decoration of the letter had to be out of protest against the opinion that what Hester and Dimmesdale did was wrong.