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The style of The Scarlet Letter is clean precise and effective In the novel Hawthorne utilizes all his writing skills In doing this he includes a heroine In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Hester Prynne is a victim and a heroine that is admired because of her strong will and disregard for others views of her She comes from an impoverished but genteel English family having lived in a decayed house of gray stone with a poverty-stricken aspect but retaining a half-obliterated shield of arms over the portal in token of antique gentility But even without that specific indication of her high birth the reader would know that Hester is a lady from her bearing and pride especially in chapter 2 when she bravely faces the humiliation of the scaffold And never had Hester Prynne appeared more lady-like in the antique interpretation of the term than as she issued from the prison It is Hesters pride which sustains her from that opening scene until she dies still wearing the scarlet A And coupled with pride is a passion which is demonstrated not only through her relations with Dimmesdale but also in her emotional attachment to Pearl in her defiance to Governor Bellingham Chapter 8 and even in here conversations with her husband old Chillingworth Chapters 4 and 14 Heaters sin committed about a year before the novel begins is the sin which gives the book its title and around which the action of the book revolves Adultery prohibited by the Seventh Commandment was so seriously condemned by the Puritans of seventeenth century Massachusetts that is was often punished by dead In contrast Hawthorne does not condone Hesters adultery but he does find it less serious a sin that the sins of Dimmesdale and Chillingworth Clearly Hawthorne sees Hester as a victim He emphasizes for example that Hester is a victim of her own youth living in an age which forced her
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