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Deep in a forest far away from grey black white and the closely-knit community of the small Puritan town a strange ruby stands beneath the verdant treetops and crunches the leaves beneath her feet The ruby scratched by the rough stabbing thorns around her who try to crack her deep inside fails miserably by the protecting force of her strength and love The external scratches strengthen the gem Hester Prynne into a sinful woman growing from love and strength In the novel A Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne the letter A which Hester Prynne wears upon her breast symbolizes the love she holds for Arthur Dimmesdale the sin which she commits with him and the strength of the sin with which Hester is challenged perhaps indicating Hawthornes belief that one must be true to live a fulfilled life The scarlet letter on Hester Prynnes breasts symbolizes the love she has for Dimmesdale because the letter conceals the secret of Dimmesdale within Hester proving that the love Hester has for him is valid The letter A is thus a symbol of sin which Hester commits with Dimmesdale acting as a reminder of contamination which forever burns beside Hesters heart The fiery letter which is imprinted on Hester shows the strength of the sin with which Hester is challenged growing Hesters immunity towards the impurity of her life Above all the increasing love Hester holds for Dimmesdale is protected through the strength she endures from the sin a love so powerful it could only be sanctified by God Love could cure the most fatal wounds with the touch of two lips or it would turn a red rose black with wilting petals Hesters bright eyes transfix Arthur Dimmesdale the priest of the married Hester Prynne as he continues searching Hesters soul during their holy visits together After sharing a night together which will forever be imprinted in their souls Hester is blessed with a child Pearl and
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