Hester Prynne A Transcendentalist Essay

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In the novel, Hawthorne emphasizes the importance of Hester Prynne retreating to nature, manifesting her capability to self-rely, and revealing the minimal government that she has with herself. Key events in the novel indicate Hester Prynne’s true person, exposing her transcendentalist side. From another perspective, Hester herself can be considered to not be a transcendentalist. This is possible by understanding the choices that were made and deciding whether she actually had a choice or not, whether she was forced into solitude or she chose to do so. The author leads us very early on in the novel that Hester Prynne is a transcendentalist. From the very beginning it was clearly shown that she was in fact different from the rest of the colony. Hawthorne shows this early on by saying, “When the young woman—the mother of this child—stood fully revealed before the crowd, it seemed to be her first impulse to clasp the infant closely to her bosom… as that she might thereby conceal a certain token… On the breast of her gown… appeared the letter A.” (Ch. 2 Paragraph 10) This is a clear indication that Hester Prynne is intending to be her own person. Hawthorne’s intention is to make it clear that Hester has a belief that she is who she…show more content…
supports the idea that Hester is a transcendentalist. It shows that being different and going against the grain can make a huge impact on society. If everyone in the world would be flipped upside down and no one could turn it back. Sojourner Truth tells us that if society would not conform to what everyone else does, this world would be a better place, a place in which a person could accept who they are. That is exactly what Hester Prynne does. She realizes that, this is who she is and she learns to accept

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