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In Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynne Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth are both physically and emotionally affected by the events which took place in their lives During the course of the story all three of the characters are disturbed by their pasts which are affecting their present lives and future Hester is the only character that can not hide her mistake due to her pregnancy Although she can hide who the father of her child is Dimmesdale The mistakes of these three characters lead to painful choices and decisions though out the story Hester Prynne a beautiful young woman sent to the Puritan Colony by her husband was a victim of such painful tragedies Hester becomes attracted to a fellow colonist has an affair and bears a child out of wedlock She refuses to reveal who the childs father is so she must bear her punishment alone She is forced to take the towns ridicule and must wear at all times a scarlet letter A which identifies her as an adulterer Hester is left to lead a life of loneliness and seclusion from the rest of society She holds so much pain inside her along with her secret Everyday she was painfully reminded of her mistake by Pearl Pearls father Dimmesdale and her husband Chillingworth All the light and graceful foliage of her character had been withered up by this red-hot brand and had long ago fallen away leaving a bare and harsh outline which might have been repulsive had she possessed friends or companions to be repelled by it pages 159- 160 Hesters emotional struggles begin to show in her appearance also Her once unique beauty becomes haggard It was a sad transformation that her rich and luxuriant hair had either been cut off or was so completely hidden by a cap that not a shining lock of it ever once gushed into the sunshine Page 160 Hester Prynnes overall character becomes
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