Hester Prynne Characterization

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In the beginning of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, we see Hester Prynne being publicly shamed for committing adultery. She stands Proudly while holding her infant daughter, Pearl. Spotted among the crowd, her husband, who she thought was dead, Roger Chillingworth watches her in immense jealousy. The man whom she sinned with, Arthur Dimmesdale, is among the esteemed priests judging her. All of these characters have necessary roles in Hawthorne’s story. In my opinion, Hester’s role as a mother, sinner and example is the most important. Without Hester none of the other characters would be significant. Hester is the heroine of the story and she changes the way people of her small town view sinners.
Hester Prynne is central to Hawthorne’s tale. The other characters all connect back to her. In the first paragraph of page 50 It says of Hester, “She bore in her arms a child, a baby of some three months old.” This quote reveals how much Pearl needs Hester. A three month old
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In the opening of the book the Puritans dispise hester. Mentioned before they wanted to “Put the brand of a hot iron on her forehead.” They were a people of routine and anyone who broke their laws was shunned as Hester was. But Hester remained kind and helpful even to the people who hated her the most, and that goes back to heroism. But all along the trial of isolation from society she stayed true to herself. Hester is such a great example to the Puritans they end up adopting her back into society. They learn to to see past the sin and see the person. They even go as far as to call her thiers, saying in chapter 13, "Do you see that woman with the embroidered badge?" they would say to strangers. "It is our Hester, —the town's own Hester, —who is so kind to the poor, so helpful to the sick, so comfortable to the afflicted!" The town loves her now! They realize what a truly great person she
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