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The heroine in the Scarlet Letter is Hester Prynne Even though Hester sins against God she is a woman who survives the horrendous trials of a Puritan societythe society that wants to be a Utopia among imperfect people From her horrendous trials Hester gains strength courage and her lost love The story begins when Hester appears from the darkness of a rusted jail cell into the stale damp summer morning In her arms she cradles the product of her sinPearl Hester Prynne is a woman accused of committing adultery Adultery is considered a grave sin among a Puritan societyUtopia Since Hester sinned against God the magistratesjudges decide to condemn Hester from paradise Carpenter 285 This means that Hester would not be considered a Puritan On the other hand Hester does not care about the judgement of the magistrates Instead she knows that God will judge her As a sign of her sin the magistrates use the letter A as a living sermon against sin Carabine 157 They know that this letter will suppress Hesters rebellious passion because it threatens their civil system Bell 152 The scarlet letter A does not serve its purpose and it does not suppress Hester from the Puritan society The first thing Hester does is that she enlarges the letter A for everyone to see on her bosom Instead of making the A a simple letter she embroiders the letter with intricate designs of gold The townspeople are in awe They have never seen needlework done in that fashion The scarlet letter is like an illumination of light that glows like a flashlight for the solemn society of New England When you think of a flashlight shining against darkness it is very narrow The narrow perception of light represents the narrow-minded Puritans Hester wants to show the scarlet letter light to everyone By doing this she wants to let people know that all people sin Hawthorne said if truth were
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