Scarlet Letter

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Scarlet Letter

Hester\'s Devotion
The Romantic movement in American literature greatly expanded the love story genre. In Hawthorne\'s novel The
Scarlet Letter he writes of adultery in a Puritan village. The story deals with the relationship between Hester Prynne,
a young bride awaiting her husband, and Arthur Dimmsdale, an inspired Puritan minister who is beloved by the
populace. Do Hester and Dimmsdale truly love each other? Hester does indeed love Dimmsdale, but the love is not
returned by the preacher.
It is obvious from the beginning that Hester loves Dimmsdale. When she is being grilled for the identity of the father
of her child in front of the entire villiage, she cares for him enough to refuse to reveal his identity. When offered the
chance to remove the scarlet letter "A" if she will but speak his name and repent, she stands up to the crowd and
refuses to give in to its pressure. Another telling feature of her love for Dimmsdale is that she remains in the village
as an outcast rather than fleeing to a more accepting environment, where she might possibly live a normal life.
According to the narrator, she could not leave this place because "there trode the feet of one with whom she deemed
herself connected in a union, that, unrecognized on earth, would bring them together before the bar of final
judgement" (74). She realizes that she cannot lead a normal life in this community with Dimmsdale, but even so she
cannot bring herself to leave him. This is telling evidence of!
her love for him.
She endures pain and torment alone, without even the support of her partner in sin. Even so, she still feels more
anguish over being the cause of Dimmsdale\'s pain than she does for the humiliation of being branded impure before
her community. As she states herself, under questioning by the ministers before the town "and would that I might
endure his agony, as well as mine!" (64). That she should feel guilt for causing him pain when he was as much
involved as she was proves how deeply she does love him.
Hester would love to escape her punishment, but only if she can still be with Dimmsdale. While conversing with
Dimmsdale alone in the forest where no one can overhear, she brings up the idea of fleeing with him, and living a
life full of love with him in another land. She says "So brief a journey would bring thee from a world where thou
hast been most wretched, to one where thou mayest still be happy" (181). The world she is talking about her

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