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The Roman Empire The Roman Empire / Римская империя The Roman Empire had a huge task in front of them while it was first starting out and while it was becoming a dominant dynasty in the early civilizations. The main problem that the book "Discovering the Global Past" points out is how the Roman Empire found itself growing a little too quickly. The Roman Empire started out very small...

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U.S. Financial System U.S. Financial System / Финансовая система США Corporations have the need to raise capital for a number of reasons. Smaller firms need capital to start up operations. Larger firms need capital to expand operations and to finance inventory. There are various ways in which a firm can raise capital through the financial system and numerous individuals and entities...

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Microburst Microburst / Микропорыв There are many safety factors that pilots have to take into consideration while completing a safe flight. Everything has to be taken into mind when planning a flight. From weight and balance to preflight inspections. One safety factor that is impossible to have control over is weather. There are many aspects of weather that can affect an aircraft,...

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Romanian Orphanages Romanian Orphanages / Румынские сироты Imagine a hospital that, at one time ran smoothly helping the public, now with the primary objection of taking care of the thousands of abandoned infants and children. This is the reality in Romania when Nicolae Ceausescu was in power. In 1966 he created an Anti-Abortion/Contraception law in order to raise the population and...

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Introducing Christian Ethics Introducing Christian Ethics / Введение в христианскую этику The book that I have chosen to do my book review on is Introducing Christian Ethics, written by Henlee H. Barnette. This book deals with many Christian ethical decisions based on biblical foundations that are applied to various major problems. Some of the major problems pertain to the self,...

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Hester Prynn

Топик на английском по теме: Literature / Литература

Hester Prynn / Эстер Прин

Of all the classic literature I have read, the literary character I admire most would have to be Hester Prynne from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. Hester is an extraordinarily strong woman, even in the harsh Puritan society. Even though Hester is unhappy due to her lack of adult companionship, she remains strong for her daughter, Pearl. Among these attributes, Hester has compassion for those who ridiculed her as well as Pearl for the sin Hester committed.

I admire Hester’s honesty and determination. Despite the fact that she knows that if she simply revealed the name of her lover she would not have to wear the letter, she remains silent. At the beginning of the novel, she stands with dignity, holding her baby, on the scaffold before the entire village. Hester does not reveal the agony she is feeling; rather she conveys poise and stubborn secrecy.

Hester, for the most part, hides from her daughter what the ?A’ that she bears stands for. At the same time, she is honest. She in no way denies her sin. I admire her honesty about it above all else. She may not disclose the name of her lover, but she does not deny that she has committed a sin.

Among Hester’s strength and honesty lies loyalty. Loyalty is equally as important as honesty, and truly displays the importance of Hester’s life. Repeatedly, she is asked to reveal the name of her lover. «And would that I might endure his agony, as well as mine.» (Hawthorne 64). Hester acknowledges that she will face agony. She knows that revealing the father’s name that she will not have to face her punishment. However, her loyalty is what keeps her from doing so. She knows that by telling of her lover that he will endure much more agony than she. Thus, she obliges to keep silent and prevent the man’s turmoil.

Hester was loyal to more than her lover; she was also loyal to the townsfolk. Even though they had exiled and ignored her, she continued to do her part in the village. The same people who punish her for her sin are the people who come to her for tailoring. Hester is there to help and comfort the poor and the ill. Despite her compassion and willingness to help those who are in need, the villagers continue to take her for granted and ignore her in the streets.



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