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Nathaniel Hawthorne the author of The Scarlet Letter tells a tale of humanfrailty and sorrow through each and every characterWhen you first meet Hester Prynne the main character she seems quiteinnocent Only guilty of not naming her lover Yet she is treated like an evil demon bythe Puritan community of the 1700s because she broke the seventh commandment The way they yelled at the very least they should have put the brand of hot iron onHester Prynne Hawthorne 69 this is a perfect example of how the behavior of thecharacters tells a story of human frailty and sorrow Hester took great pride ineverything she did from the letter A on her chest to the baby Pearl in her arms It wasthe pride of Hester Prynne that forced her to wear the Scarlet letter to her death Atthe final hour when she was so soon to fling aside the burning letter it had strangelybecome the centre of more remark and excitement and was thus made to sear herbreast more painfully than at any time since the first day she put it on HawthorneRoger Chillingworth Hesters husband was a very old and educated man thatHester didnt love Chillingworth was the most selfish in the story he married Hesterwithout Hesters love in return and this was one of the sins that refers to Hawthorneshuman frailty Hawthorne 46 Poor Rogers sins are clearly defined And itseemed a fouler offense committed by Roger Chillingworth than any which had sincebeen done him that in the time when her heart knew no better he had persuaded herto fancy herself happy by his side Hawthorne 172 Chillingworths attacks onDimmesdale were to make Dimmesdale weak and when he saw Dimmesdales Scarletletter on his chest he laughed instead if feeling for the poor desperate manChillingworth was the sinner that goes with human frailty Dimmesdale perhaps the most complex character in the book is damned withthe guilt of his sin burning in secret Hawthorne and
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