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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a two hundred and fifty-four page novel about Hester Prynne Pearl Reverend Mr Dimmesdale and their conflicts The book opens with a discussion about the prison door and a lonely rosebush whose significance will be mentioned later It goes on to tell of Hesters punishment for her sin she must forever wear the letter A on her breast She must be marked as an adulteress for she and the Reverend had an affair Hester was found out but her partner was not She has a baby named Pearl who is shunned for being a child of an evil bond The story continues through the lives of these three people telling of their sorrows problems and fears The Scarlet Letter is set in the Puritanical Boston Massachusetts during the 1600s This period was often a harsh time in America Most of the comforts in England were all but nonexistent in the colonies The land was often harsh in climate and soil It was also a hotbed of change The people were experimenting with democracy They were exploring new boundaries wider than they had ever known The Puritans were practicing a strict theocracy that ruled with an iron hand Their ways of life were also tightly formed around their religious beliefs The character Hester Prynne is a stubborn bold and proud woman She wears her letter with pride in spite of its implications Despite how she acts on the outside Hester doesnt feel guilty about her relationship with the reverend and she continues to love him She mentions this to him in a whisper The Scarlet Letter p 186 What we did had a consecration of its own We felt it so Her daughter Pearl is a rambunctious child often seen as the devils child Pearl is a very bold child and speaks her mind freely For example the child says The Scarlet Letter p 175 the
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