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If you want to figure out who the hero is in Hope Leslie you first have to understand the meaning of what a hero is There are many possible definitions of what a hero could be A hero could be someone who physically rescues someone or it could be someone who assists another in a task that is important to that one person A hero could also be someone who sticks to their principles and is a good person worthy of being looked up to by others This last definition is the one that I will be focusing on I believe that Miss Esther Downing is the heroine in Hope Leslie She is a heroine to the Puritan people and she is what every ideal puritan woman should be The Puritans believe that a woman should be strong and unselfish and caring and rely fully on their faith in God Esther follows those principles and is more concerned with spiritual graces or devoting her life to the word of God then anything else Her goal is to live everyday by the words written in the bible and to simply be a good person Spiritual graces were then in far higher estimation than external charms and Miss Downing was always characterized by a religious epithet- she was godly without one truant wish straying beyond the narrow bound of domestic duty and religious exercises pg 136 Esther may not have physically saved anyones life but she always stood firm in her beliefs even when being tempted to go against them She was the Hopes best friend and would have done anything for
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