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At first let me introduce the main characters that appear in the novel The Scarlet Letter HESTER PRYNNE the main character of the story Beautiful puritan woman full of strong passions Strong and carring helping anyone she can cares for poor and brings them food and clothing With a penitent heart Hester travels through the story becoming only a shadow of her former passionate nature Shamed and alienated from the rest of the community she becomes contemplative She was a very moral woman whose only joy was daughter Pearl The narrator seems to admire her independence and ideas She has become the protofeminist mother figure to the women of the community She is portrayed as an intelligent capable but not necessarily extraordinary woman ARTHUR DIMMESDALE The minister of the town that the people adore secret lover of Hester Prynne father of Pearl Took his sin very seriously His sin ate away his soul In the end he frees himself from his guilt by admitting to everyone his sin Many believe his confession was a symbolic act while others believe Dimmesdales fate was an example of divine judgement ROGER CHILLINGWORTH The missing husband of Hester Prynne Man of medicine his soul purpose in his life becomes revenge against the man who helped his wife sin A man deficient in human warmth He comes to represent true evil PEARL Looked on as a devils child She is the only one in the story that is purely innocent Passionate intelligent energatic Even since she was born she had a fascination with the scarlet letter that is a constant reminder for Hester of her sin She functions primarily as a symbol She is a living version of a scarlet letter OTHER SIDE CHARACTERS General Miller Governor Bellingham Inspector John Wilson Jonathan Pue Mistress Hibbins
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