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...sapear into the backdrop, and Hester can take off the scarlet letter without ever thinking of him again. While it is unknown in the novel why she comes back to her town, still wearing the A, it could be inferred that through Chillingworth’s redemption (however slight), Hester must again feel guilty for sinning against him. After all, her own daughter’s fortune is the direct result of his actions.
While there are many differences between the film and the novel, the most important effect is the decreased power of the infamous A Hester must wear on her bodice. Through Hester’s increased autonomy, her friendship with Mistress Hibbins, and the development of Dimmesdale and Chillingworth as characters, the scarlet letter, which in the novel is a heavy burden and symbol of shame, becomes almost meaningless in the face of Hester Prynne, and in the faces of the film viewers.
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