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This passage from the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne focuses on the narrators opinions and attitude toward Hester Prynne and women in general By analyzing Hawthornes use on language and rhetorical devices we can establish that the narrator holds women in high esteem The reasoning behind the narrators admiration of women is found within the passage in which he concludes that women are powerful and strong and deserve to be respected It is evident from the passage that the narrator expresses that women are powerful and strong The narrator explains that women are strong by using Hester as a model Hester has been through being branded with the scarlet letter All the light and graceful foliage of her character had been withered up by this red-hot brand and long ago fallen away 40 Although having to live though the torment of this ordeal she still pushed on and lived her life as she deemed fit The narrator then goes on to say If she survive the tenderness will either be crushed out of her or and the outward semblance the same -- crushed so deeply into her heart that it can never show itself more 30 However with strength Hester does survive and still retains her tenderness through her compassion for the poor and her love for Arthur Dimmesdale The narrator also expounds on the effects of Hesters isolation by the Puritan community As a result of the seclusion of Hester Hester changes not only mentally but also physically The narrator goes on to describe Hesters rigid change in clothing and diminishing manner more specifically he writes It was a sad transformation too that her rich and luxuriant hair had been either cut off or was completely hidden by a cap that not a shining lock of it was ever once gushed into the sunshine13 The narrator tries to convey that women are beautiful and it is a shame Hester has to hide
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