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Authors use character development to show how a person can change Through a descriptive portrayal of a charter and their development they become real to the reader A well-developed character stirs up emotions in the reader making for a powerful story A person can change for better or worse and Nathaniel Hawthorne shows this thru the character development of Hester Chillingworth and Dimmesdale in The Scarlet Letter We can see how Hester begins changing even from the beginning of The Scarlet Letter As the story starts Hester begins to develop a stronger and more rebellious attitude which can be seen by the way she decorates the A that represents the grave sin of adultery she has committed p44 As the book progress we see Hester grow even stronger by the way she supports herself her child born of sin and helps the poor and sick out of the sincerity of her heart Finally near the end of the novel we see the rebellious side of Hester evolve symbolized by her casting the Scarlet letter to ground as she takes control of her family plans for escape and a life as part of a family with the man she loves p173 That man who Hester loves so deeply Mr Dimmesdale also undergoes major changes due the sin he bears In the beginning of the book we see this mans weakness and unwillingness to confess sin even as he begs Hester the person he committed his sin with to come forth with her other parties name p56 As The Scarlet Letter progresses we see Dimmesdale become weaker physically and his religious speeches become even stronger so that his congregation begins to revere him For a large part of the novel Dimmesdale has been on a downward spiral in terms of mental and physical health thanks to a so-called friend who was issued to take care of Mr Dimmesdale then because of a talk with Hester he is
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