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What are some songs that best describe Hester Prynne from The Scarlet Letter?Songs that...

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sophiyaxp | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted December 21, 2012 at 2:24 AM via web

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What are some songs that best describe Hester Prynne from The Scarlet Letter?

Songs that describe Hester Prynne.

If possible, something positive about her.

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mwalter822 | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted December 21, 2012 at 3:05 AM (Answer #1)

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When I thought about Hester Prynne from The Scarlett Letter, the first song that popped into my head was "She's a Beauty" by The Tubes.

Not every bit of the song is applicable to Hester, but the following lines are:

She's a beauty ---
one in a million girls,
she's a beauty.

Hester was certainly one in a million. Her original mistake, the sexual affair that marked her as an outcast, made her that. But she didn't let that defeat her. In fact, the way that Hester handled her separation from Puritan society made her an object of fascination to the rest of the townspeople. The following line from the song relates to the effect that Hester might have had on others who contemplated her actions and her life.

You can step outside your little world.

This is because Hester certainly stepped outside of the little world created by the society she grew up in.

The link below will take you to a Youtube version of the song. You have to put up with a few commercials first.

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