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Setting is an important factor when it comes to telling any kind of story Nathaniel Hawthornes story is that of four main settings The Governors Mansion the prison the platform and the woods He uses these places to further exaggerate the tale of the main characters Arthur Dimmesdale Hester Prynne and Roger Chillingworth Each place has a different meaning and emotional significance to a character The words in the book give imagery to the novel and give it a more textured feeling This is important when trying to keep the readers attention when the book has language unfamiliar to most The Governors Mansion the prison the platform and the woods have a significant part in the tale of sin and redemption The governors mansion is the place where Hester is placed under a microscope The author describes the home of Bellingham as less than modest It seems like the house of royalty This was a large wooden house built in a fashion of which there are specimens still extant in the streets of our elder towns There was the freshness of the passing year on its exterior and the cheerfulness gleaming forth from the sunny windows of a human habitation into which death had never entered It had indeed a very cheery aspect it glittered and sparkled as if diamonds had been flung against it by the double handful The brilliancy might have befitted Aladdins palace rather than the mansion of a grave old Puritan Ruler page 84 This house is certainly nothing like Hesters so she and her daughter are in amazement of all the fixtures in the dwelling The armor in Bellinghams hall has a distinct purpose It is a distorted mirror that magnifies the scarlet letter on Hesters dress and diminishes the woman who wears it Here in the Governors mansion at the heart of the Puritan establishment Hester Prynne the individual vanishes behind the symbol of her
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