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Often one of the most important aspects in a novel is a character sketch Its the authors obligation to sufficiently provide a vivid description of each character Hester Prynne is the main character in the novel The Scarlet Letter and there are some key points Nathaniel Hawthorne uses to help the reader better understand the character The first few chapters of the novel reveal many characteristics and actions of Hester Prynne including physical description setting thoughts behavior speech and reaction of others First of all the author creates a physical description for the main character Hester Prynne is a fairly young woman who still possesses a lot of life within her She is tall has a slim build and has brown hair A part of Hester that stands out is the large embroidered A on all of her clothing She must wear the A at all times as a punishment for adultery the crime she has committed This is a very serious crime for the time period The setting takes place in Boston Massachusetts in a small community The time period is in the seventeenth century the Puritan era In this case the setting plays an important role in the story because adultery was a very serious crime for that time period Also it is important to know what a characters thoughts are In this novel Hester Prynne constantly has a lot on her mind She holds some slight remorse for her crime but deep down inside she feels that the community is being too hard on her Even though she feels this way she does not hold self pity she holds pride Also she is threatened with losing her daughter Pearl whom she is very attached to and will not give up without a fight Hester is also worried about Dimsdales well-being so she does not want the community to know that she had the affair with him In addition to the way Hester
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