The Scarlet Letter

Analyse 'The Scarlet letter' as a psychological novel?

ID ,EGO ,SUPER EGO, REPRESENT THE CHARACTERS IN 'THE SCARLET LETTER'

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This is a really interesting question. It pretty much entails a Freudian interpretation of A Scarlet Letter. ID is our primal drives. I suppose Hester and Rev.Dimmesdale had primal drives which resulted in Pearl. There was allot of sexual repression in Puritan Communities. Sex for reasons other than procreation was frowned upon. This was a very unhappy place. The Ego strives to satisfy the ID while keeping things in the context of reality. Reality in Scarlet Letter being repression and adherence to puritan interpretation. So, Hester wears the letter and is humiliated. Thus everyone feels better about punishing Hester for doing something they all want to do anyway. The super- ego demands the opposite of the ID, a kind of perfection. Hester becomes pious and hard working; she changes the meaning of her Scarlett Letter. Hester becomes a symbol, not as the village strumpet, but of godly devotion and penance. She changes her ID into her Super-Ego. Pretty cool!

DOES SHE REALLY CHANGE ?FOR THERE IS SUPPRESSED DESIRE LURKING IN THE RECESSES OF HER MIND, FOR INSTANCE -THE FOREST SCENE; WHERE SHE LETS HER WHIMS AND FANCIES PLAY UPON AN UNARMED CLERGYMAN . PRIOR TO THIS THE NARRATOR LETS US GAUGE THE CONFLICT THAT ARISES IN HESTER'S MIND. THERE IS EVIDENTLY THE INTELLECT COMBATING WITH THE SPIRIT OR RELIGIOUS.MAYBE BOTH HESTER AND DIMMESDALE ARE DRIVEN BY SEXUAL DESIRES & SCOFFED AT BY THE PURITAN COMMUNITY BUT DESIRE IN TAKING THE SHAPE OF VENGEANCE IS APPARENTLY MORE VISIBLE AND PRIMEVAL IN CHILLINGWORTH,THE FIENDISH PHYSICIAN.

DOES SHE REALLY CHANGE ?FOR THERE IS SUPPRESSED DESIRE LURKING IN THE RECESSES OF HER MIND, FOR INSTANCE -THE FOREST SCENE; WHERE SHE LETS HER WHIMS AND FANCIES PLAY UPON AN UNARMED CLERGYMAN . PRIOR TO THIS THE NARRATOR LETS US GAUGE THE CONFLICT THAT ARISES IN HESTER'S MIND. THERE IS EVIDENTLY THE INTELLECT COMBATING WITH THE SPIRIT OR RELIGIOUS.MAYBE BOTH HESTER AND DIMMESDALE ARE DRIVEN BY SEXUAL DESIRES & SCOFFED AT BY THE PURITAN COMMUNITY BUT DESIRE IN TAKING THE SHAPE OF VENGEANCE IS APPARENTLY MORE VISIBLE AND PRIMEVAL IN CHILLINGWORTH,THE FIENDISH PHYSICIAN.