The one loved by nature itself

Nature loved her dearly, but soon she began to drift away.


An image depicting Heater and her daughter Pearl being yelled at and hassled by the townsfolk in the background.

Sarah Thompson, Staff Writer

In the book The Scarlet Letter written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne is found being convicted because of the sin that she has committed, With people calling her terrible names, she walks out of prison, holding a baby….her baby.


Hester was a young lovely woman, who had come into town by herself a few years back; her husband had promised to meet her there, but as time came and went, she moved on, and fell in love, real love. Not like the marriage she had to Chillingsworth, the man she never wanted to marry in the first place. Hester soon becomes pregnant after her affair, and the townsfolk soon realize this too. She is put in jail, and tried, then once she is released she is forced to wear a scarlet A on her bosom, as a sign of ‘adultery’ since she was married to Chillingworth, someone no one in the town had ever even seen.


Throughout the book, it can be seen just how much nature loves her, even when she first comes out of jail, the sun is shining down on her, and nature can be seen as ‘happy’ that she has followed her heart and had a child with the man she loves. However, the townsfolk aren’t happy; they demand to know the man she had an affair with, but Hester never gives in. Even when the minister of the town, Dimmesdale, offers her a way out, by giving up the name of the man, she still stays strong not revealing a thing. Though as time goes by, the more Hester begins to regret her decision, the less nature shines down on her. Hester begins to struggle, and her resolve weakens for a while. But Hester manages to pull through eventually. Soon enough, as her daughter Pearl begins to grow, nature also begins to favor her, just as it did her mother.


I absolutely loved this book, and would give it a 8/10. There are many parts that are written in a way where it’s hard to know what’s going on, and what they’re saying, but overall, it’s amazing and would highly recommend it to anyone who likes romance, mystery, and of course lots of twists. Logan LaBarbera, a senior at East Lake read the novel for her English class, and said, “The Scarlet Letter was a captivating book despite the story moving somewhat slowly. Although my memory of it is tainted by tedious annotations, I feel as though it had an interesting story and was a book I at least somewhat enjoyed. If I had to rate it out of ten, it would probably fall somewhere around 6-7/10. ” The book had plenty of character development as well, especially for Hester, as she struggles most of the book.