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Hester Prynne is a very strongly portrayed character in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Hester comes into conflict with the rigid beliefs of traditional Puritan Society in which she lives She poses a threat to the society through her radical thinking her loyalty to the ones that she loves and lastly her unwillingness to conform inwardly to the Puritan lifestyle although she does conform on the outside for the sake of her only daughter PearlHester poses a threat to Puritan society in the way that she thinks radically in comparison to the Puritans traditional severely conservative style of thinking She does not think radically in the sense of what one may first consider of when hearing the word radical Hester is not a person who thinks so radically that she must start a revolution against a certain aspect of society but hers is a way of thinking in which she keeps her most rebellious thoughts to herself and does not blatantly act on them One subtle way that Hester expresses her inner thoughts is shown in her design of the scarlet letter Upon stepping out of the town prison to be marched to the scaffold for her punishment Hester is seen wearing the scarlet letter for the first time The ornate design of the letter is best described by the following quote in fine red cloth surrounded with an elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold thread 44 The magnificent appearance of the letter shocks and even angers some members of the colony To a group of good wives the letter symbolizes that Hester is showing off her skill at the needle and that she is also attempting to make fun of the punishment by appearing to take pride in wearing such a beautiful symbol By appearing to take pride in wearing the symbol Hester is also seen as unrepentant for what she has done which only serves to further infuriate the good wives
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