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The first description that the reader gets of Hester Prynne is that she is a woman of strength and beauty that was uncommon of the time However this seemingly perfect woman has one terrible flaw the scarlet letter This brand of sin slowly takes its toll on the femininity of Hester Prynne transforming her from a woman of elegance to a woman stained with sin As Hester Prynne steps out of the prison repelling the helping of hand of the beadle the reader is instantly shocked by the natural dignity that this aberrant woman possesses Prynne is described as having perfect elegance beautifulrichness of complexionfeminine gentility and indescribable grace It is clear that she is anything but the typical Bostonian woman This description is in extreme contrast to that of the description of the other pitiless and self-constituted judges At this time in her life Prynne embodies feminism from the smallest strand of her glossy hair to the elegance of her needlework Unfortunately Prynne would not be able to keep her feminine qualities in tact for long Halfway through the novel the toll of being the outcast of society for such a long time clearly starts to take effect on Prynne Some attribute had departed from her the permanence of which had been essential to keep her a woman This transformation has taken place because of the inhumane treatment Prynne had been subject to She feels extreme shame of her brand dreadful agony in feeling a human eye upon the token and worst of all ignominy There is nothing worse in life than experiencing ignominy for prolonged periods of time not even death The constant bombardment upon Prynnes soul has cause her being to alter to a state of marble coldness The only warmth Prynne had left in her life was Pearl and her needlework However since Prynne saw her needlework as a pleasure and because she had dedicated her life to penance she was
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