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Character Analysis Scarlet Letter-Hester Prynne The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne is a complex novel with in depth characterization This analysis is about Hester Prynne the main character and focuses on three of her attitudes appearance and morals Hesters physical appearance is developed and referred to often throughout the novel Hawthorne paints a picture for the reader of Hesters beauty She had dark and abundant hair so glossy that it through off the sunshine with a gleam and a face regularity of features and riches of complexion and the impressiveness belonging to a marked brow and deep black eyes Hawthorne 50 The author also describes Hester as being of modest decorum With almost serene deportment therefore Hester Prynne passed through this portion of her ordeal came to a sort of scaffold at the western extremity of the marketplace Hawthorne 52 As the story is told the author often refers to Hesters attitude as well as her appearance Hester is portrayed as having a strong will and attitude in the Scarlet Letter She kept her spirits high even when she thought she faced death She managed to maintain her strength throughout her battles With her native energy of character and rare capacity it could not entirely cast her off although it had set a mark upon her more intolerable to a womans heart than that which branded the brow of Cain In all her intercourse with society however there was nothing that made her feel as if she belonged to it every gesture every word and even the silence of those with whom she came in contact implied and often expressed that she inhabited another sphere or communicated with the common nature by other organs and senses than the rest of human kind She stood apart from mortal interests yet close beside them like a ghost that revisits the familiar foresides and can no longer make itself seen of felt Hawthorne 77-78 Hesters attitude
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