Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne -- Characters -- Hester Prynne, Motherhood in literature
In this paper the author discusses the protagonist Hester Prynne’s conflicted response to motherhood in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. The author examines Hester’s behavior towards her daughter, Pearl, as well as her relationships with her husband Roger Chillingworth and Pearl’s father Arthur Dimmesdale. Hester’s changing role in the town is also explored as she continues to quietly rebel against the patriarchy by making unconventional choices.
Carlson, Stephanie Morecraft, ""A" is for Ambivalence : Hester Prynne's Conflicted Response to Motherhood in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter" (2020). Theses, Dissertations and Culminating Projects. 335.