When Roger Chillingworth, Hester's long-lost husband, arrives in the colony and The couple leave England and settle in 17th-century Puritan New England. It is a love story because its female protagonist Hester Prynne suffered a lot for preserving her love intact. When Hester Prynne was in prison with her infant Pearl, her husband Roger Chillingworth went She had also a sound advice for him. Viewed from Hester's loyal commitment in her secret relationship with Arthur. also, as Hester Prynne takes her name partly from history. As Charles Boewe and .. while Roger Chillingworth bears resemblance to Haman. Moreover . ( Hebrews ). Then, biblically, Salem is important because of its relationship to the covenant. . Through positive manipulation and advice, Merlin.
Hester is immediately ostracised from the stern community and endures years of shame, scorn and loneliness. Hester is passionate but also strong and equals both her husband and her lover in her intelligence and thoughtfulness. Her alienation puts her in the position to make acute observations about her community, particularly about its treatment of women. So, is there a link between these two women? Margaret Fuller was a highly educated writer and critic who played an important role in the American Renaissance in literature and to mid-nineteenth century reform movements.
The similarities are not initially apparent, so it is necessary to take a closer look at these two women. The purpose of the central part of this essay is to determine how far Hester Prynne is as much a woman of mid-nineteenth century American culture as she is of seventeenth-century Puritan New England. How far ahead of her time were her actions? In the statement which forms the sub-title of this essay, it is said that Hester Prynne, in certain respects, is endowed with the sensibility of Margaret Fuller.
A definition of the word "sensibility" may be useful in our understanding of the question: We know that Hester possesses these qualities because they are displayed in her kind deeds, for example, we are told that as Hester Prynne had no selfish ends, nor lived in any measure for her own profit and enjoyment, people brought all their sorrows and perplexities, and besought her counsel.
Hester comforted and counselled them, as best she might. Life was centred on a rigid Puritan society in which no one was able to divulge their innermost thoughts and secrets: Puritanism was not only a religious creed, it was a philosophy and a metaphysic; it was an organization of man's whole life, emotional and intellectual, to a degree which has not been sustained by any denomination stemming from it.
In the New England Puritan colonies, law and religion were entangled without any clear distinction between the two. A "hard-featured dame" says of Hester Prynne: This woman has brought shame upon us all, and ought to die.
The Scarlet Letter: Hester Prynne and Roger Chillingworth's Relationship
Is there not law for it? Truly there is, both in the Scripture and the statute-book. If man does not respect the bond of love crucial to coexistence and accept the view that all men are united in a brotherhood of imperfection, and if he does not adopt nature as an inspirational and stabilizing force in his life, he lives a sub-human existence - so self-centred as to be at odds with other people and with external nature.
Hawthorne's religious enthusiasts Puritansconscious only of their spiritual goals, violate the bond with man and nature essential to living a normal life. Every human being needs the opportunity to express their feelings, otherwise the emotions are bottled up until they become unstable.
It is almost as if the possessed physician, Roger Chillingworth, has trapped a volatile chemical the secret of Dimmesdale's adultery inside a vial Dimmesdale and now waits for the inevitable explosion the revelation.
Reverend Dimmesdale's pent-up feelings of guilt and shame became hazardous to his health, In Mr. Dimmesdale's secret closet, under lock and key, there was a bloody scourge.
Luckily, for at least four of the main characters, Hawthorne provides a sanctuary in the form of the mysterious forest. In the deep, dark portions of the forest, many of the pivotal characters bring forth hidden thoughts and emotions.
What was the relationship with Hester Prynne and Roger Chillingworth in The Scarlet Letter?
It provides an escape from the strict mandates of law and religion, to a refuge where men, as well as women, can open up and be themselves. It is only here that Hester and Dimmesdale can openly engage in conversation without being preoccupied with the constraints that Puritan society places on them. The forest itself is the very embodiment of freedom. Nobody watches in the woods to report misbehaviour, and Hester takes advantage of this, when Arthur Dimmesdale appears.
The puritan public charges her for adultery. In accordance with the puritan code of law the sexual liaison of which Hester is guilty is an act of adultery. It is, to those Boston puritans, a violation of their rigorous ethics and moral rectitude. Even amidst this public punishment Hester remained unashamed and undaunted. It appears she was untouched by the punishment given by the 18th century puritanically strict Boston. This undaunted, undefeated and triumphant stance of Hester Prynne at the moment of punishment in public is equivalent to the affirmation of love.
From this affirmation of Hester Prynne's love we come to know that Hester Prynne considered as he love that which the 18th century puritan community in Boston considered as an act of adultery. When Hester Prynne was in prison with her infant Pearl, her husband Roger Chillingworth went to this prison under the guise of a physician.
Hester knew about this dark motive of her deformed husband Rogerchillingworth. Hester was devoted to preserving her lover. Throughout her life if there is anything Hester Prynne cared most that is her lover Arthur. She was ready to sacrifice her husband, her public reputation, her public image and her dignity for the sake for her lover Arthur Dimmesdale. In chapter sixteen, we come across one crucial element to prove that The Scarlet Letter is a love story. He did not love her and she did not love him.
He married a wife a generation younger than he. Hester's unhappiness, due to a mismatched matrimony, leads her to become an adulteress. Chillingworth makes Hester to be unhappy. Her initial sadness, along with the three year absence of her husband, resulted in adultery.
The Scarlet Letter as a Love Story
After his discovery, "Chillingworth moves closer to the scaffold and imperiously bids her to name the father of her child" Martin Chillingworth repressed his instinctive emotional response to the situation. He was disappointed that his hope of gaining his wife's affection upon arrival was destroyed and he hated the man who had gained that affection. Usually a child is treated as an angel. But instead of it, she becomes the symbol of a sin.
She has to face some uncommon questions like who is her father, from where she comes. No one welcome them.