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Continuing to work on my essay from yesterday...


Her daughter Pearl goes on to perfectly encapsulate her name, a pure-hearted, intelligent, and uniquely human child who speaks up for her mother against those against her. In The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne defies Puritanical convention in her motherhood through having Pearl out of wedlock, and in turn, serves as a resilient Mary figure through usage of symbolism and irony. 

There is only one way to be a mother in Puritan society, and Hester does not fit the bill. As a woman who had her child with a man she is not married to, Hester is subsequently ostracized and publicly shunned. Rather than fighting against the allegations, she embraces her shame and wears the adorned scarlet letter in what she believes to be her own penance. Hester “wisely judging that one token of her shame would but poorly hide another” (Hawthorne 47), ironically holds her child on the bannister with the titular A in clear view.

Part of an essay I started writing today for AP Lit :)


Motherhood is a completely vital facet of the human condition, despite the undermining it may receive. In fact, no one would be on Earth without it, yet it often comes under scrutiny across societies, even in today’s world. Especially when it comes to the Puritans, mothers are dehumanized, looked down upon, and nearly forgotten in their communities. Hester Prynne from The Scarlet Letter experiences this phenomenon to a high degree, being physically and socially outcast from her town because of her condition as a mother. Despite her trials and tribulations, Hester becomes a Puritan Madonna of sorts, ultimately raising her child selflessly and caringly.

Ma grand mere s’appelle Nancy. Elle est tres drole et gentille. Elle est petite et blonde. J'entends bien avec ma grand-mere. J’aime ma grand-mere et ma grand-mere aime moi. Elle est tenace (stubborn) aussi. Je ne regarde pas elle souvent parce qu'elle habite à Palm Springs a Californie et j’habite à Nashville. Elle ne me ressemble pas.

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