Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn

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Scarlet Letter Literary Analysis - Conflict Paragraph - Tonia West

To Hester, the shame of wearing the Scarlet Letter, committing adultery and having a child out of wedlock was all worth the love that she and Reverend Dimmesdale had for each other. Hester and Rev. Dimmesdale possess a love so strong that not even the cruel hatred and detest shown by the obstinate community can break them apart. The community's disgust only strengthens Hester's pride and dignity. Her intelligence, gracefulness and embellished personality is so captivating it make's it hard for the people to look down upon Hester. Had it not been for the 'A' embossed on her chest, everyone would marvel at Hester rather than despise her. "Be not silent from any mistaken pity and tenderness for him, as it were - to except it to tempt him - yea, compel him, as it were - to add hypocrisy to sin?" (p65).

Rev. Dimmesdale loves Hester so much he is willing to suffer the consequence of losing his life for her. When they were both on the scaffold in front of the entire town, Dimmesdale told her in a obviously disguised manner to Although they suffered severely, the strength of they're love overcame the pain and misery they encountered.