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Regarding The Scarlet Letter the subject of of the main character has been widely debated by all Some say that it is Hesters story while others insist that it is Dimmesdales story Personally its quite obvious to me that the novel is centered around Hester for shes the character that develops and grows the most Throughout the story Hester matured became more independent and earned the respect of the townspeopleWhen Hester was first released from prison she was openly defiant towards the townspeople To rebel against her punishment she elaborately embroidered the scarlet A into a beautiful work of art Her pride demanded that she held her head high and not conform to the Puritan ways Those who had before know herin which she was enveloped 56 As the story progressed Hester put aside her pride and placed her priority in Pearl her daughter She learned to be more self-reliant and when forced to take up embroidery to support her child In addition she worked hard to remain chaste and help the unfortunate to build a role for Pearl as the daughter of a respected woman instead of as an illegitimate bastard of a condemned criminal Hesters dilligence and kindness won over the respect and admiration of the townspeople who had earlier ostracized her She provided help and comfort for all that needed them Soon even the interpretation of her punishment changed People began to say that the scarlet A meant Able for it reprented Hesters helpfulness Do you see that woman with the embroidered badge they would say to strangers It is our Hester-the towns own Hester who is so kind to the poor so helpful to the sick so comfortable to the afflicted From the very beginning Hester took responsibility for her actions She never revealed the name of her ex-lover Dimmesdale because she believed that it was her duty to face the consequences In order to secure a promising future for
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