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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn begins by dealing with Hester Prynnes crime and sentence She shows herself to be a proud woman in how she embroiders her bright red A with golden thread to be displayed to her community She is a skilled seamstress and she doesnt seem despite her disgrace to be afraid to show that about herself When she walked down the street from the prison to the scaffold the narrator talks about her realization of how foolish and cowardly she would be if she were to try to hide her mark with the product of her sin her baby girl She carries off her initial sentence of being showcased on the scaffold with as much dignity as possible for anyone in such a situation The reactions of the people were interesting to me their strong feelings against Hester being permitted to live startled me I realized what a sort of culture and religion ruled in those times Also I couldnt quite imagine being in Hesters position with the kind of disgrace she was faced with The narrator describes Hester as totally losing her womanly appeal and beauty over the seven years of condemnationRoger Chillingworth confused me greatly until near the conclusion of the book When he visited Hester I was surprised that he wanted to treat her instead of trying to harm her but then later realized his motives He wanted no one in the community to learn that there was any relationship between Hester and himself at all harming her would have raised suspicions This was vital to his plan of revenge on Mr Dimmesdale At first I thought that Chillingworth might have tried to seek revenge against Hester but then came to the conclusion that he viewed her public disgrace as more punishment than he could ever have managed Chillingworths revenge was very clever Everyone in the town knew and respected him and this helped him gain friendship with
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