Hester Prynne is found guilty for the crime of adultery. In compliance to Puritan practices, she confesses her sin at the scaffold and becomes enslaved to the scarlet letter. Hester and her daughter, Pearl, are isolated from the community. Hester endures the mockery and scorns of the townspeople but, “then, she was supported by an unnatural tension of the nerves, and by all the combative energy of her character, which enabled her to convert the scene into a kind of triumph” (65). The author shows that despite facing obstacles, Hester exhibits perseverance. She continues her beautiful needle work, even embroidering her letter “A”. Hester also denies the option to flee the town, “her motive for continuing a resident of New England…[that this] had been the scene of her guilt and here should be the scene of her e...
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For the characters in the Scarlet Letter, the perception of one’s inner desires and the awareness of others’ sensitivity can ultimately shape the character’s behavior, relationships, and decisions. These aspects include examining a character’s reasoning behind the action being made, their outlook on life and perception of others, and their connections with other characters. All these emotions they feel or portray outwardly not only affect surrounding characters but their personal outlook of their current situations. When one experiences a positive occurrence, he or she is likely to be optimistic, until having a negative occurrence, which can result in a change of mood. Since instances may not always go into plan, happenings can easily change, therefore affecting the consistency of feelings one can have can shift one’s viewpoint.
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