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Throughout the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Hesters experiences in and out of the Puritan society and the weight of the scarlet letter change her in many ways including her level of confidence her appearance and her outlook on the Puritan people and the way she feels about the letter A Due to the sin committed by Hester she became the outcast of the Puritan community She was forced to begin a new life on her own with no support from anyone The sudden vicissitudes in her life cause a great transformation in HesterIn the beginning of the novel Hester shows a tremendous amount of confidence which she is not afraid to show but eventually she hides this boldness and yields to the torment of the Puritan people When Hester is being led out of the jail by the town beadle she repelled him by an action marked with natural dignity and force of character and stepped into the open air as if by her own free will Pg 60 By stepping out of the jail like this Hester showed and amazing amount of courage knowing that she was about to receive the peoples mockery While Hester displayed confidence here later in the novel she doesnt show that assurance as much and receives the ridicule with embarrassment and broken heartedness The people of the town were accustomed to distill drops of bitterness into her heart but Hester had schooled herself long and well she never responded to these attacks save by a flush of crimson that rose irrepressibly over the pale cheek Pg 88 Hester emerged from the jail with strength but was forced to change and hide this strength to get along the best she could and continue to support herself and her daughterLiving outside of the Puritan society allowed Hester to change the way she saw the people of the town and the way she looked herself Hester lived on the
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