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The Scarlet Letter and The Bean TreesIn The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver both authors cast their protagonist as a single unwed mother Though the time and setting that they are put into are very different and greatly effects the way the character is portrayed there are many similarities between the two main characters In The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynne the main character is scorned and ridiculed because of her secret and unjustified affair with Arthur Dimmesdale the minister of the Puritan community The result of Hesters sin is her daughter Pearl Not until the end of the novel does Hester reveal her childs father When the magistrates ask Hester to tell of her fellow sinner Hester replies Never It is too deeply branded Ye cannot take it off And would that I might endure his agony as well as mine By doing this we can see how Hester is a woman full of strength and power Despite what has happened to her she still continues on with her life and though she may show shame and despondency on the outside inside she feels that she must go on She feels that she must continue for Pearl Also but enduring Dimmesdales wrath Hester shows even more courage but she also reveals kindness and thought Because of Dimmesdales position in society Hester refuses to give away his name She thinks of what could happen to him and how the minister of the community would be looked upon if what he did was unveiled Hester also presents a sense of independence in the book In spite of the consequences she still manages to live although its on the outskirts of the community and to take on the responsibility of Pearl When she finally decides the she needs her total freedom she rips off the scarlet letter and says Let us not look back The past is gone Wherefore should we
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