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The Quartet Behind The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne had many different characters in his novel The Scarlet Letter but very few of them are actually put to use In fact only four of them really count They are Hester Prynne Pearl Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth They all have their own meanings For example Hester is for love Dimmesdale is the spirit and Chillingworth is the mind Roper 112 Each member of the four has a unique struggle and makes their own input on the outcome of The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynne was a very important character in the novel At the opening she is being brought out of Salems by the town beatle for punishment upon the scaffold She resents this treatment and this sets up the conflict between her and the Puritan society Brodhead 45 She was spared the gripe about the head and neck yet she and her daughter Pearl must endure public humility for the next three hours in the burning June sun Gordon 26 Her crime was adultery against her husband known as Roger Chillingworth who had went out into the world to seek his fortune in medicine It is really shocking that she could do this seeing that she lived in the Puritanical village of Salem In fact she seems to be a feminist in this aspect daring to rise up and challenge the laws about women Crowley 63 After this incident she was taken back to her prison cell and there she waited until the magistrates decided to release her At first she was definitely isolated from society but there are still traces of intercourse with society Axelson 77 However her needlework fascinated many people and was fashionable among the upper ranks of the Puritans Newberry 5 Yet she feels that she has been taken advantage of by Chillingworth who makes her keep his identity secret while he searches for the one who sinned
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