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Hawthorne clearly did not hold this view The physical descriptions of Hester flesh out a delicate elegant and radiantly beautiful young woman the epitome of ladylike grace not evil and sin Hawthorne suggests with her journey to the pillory that not only is she beautiful and ladylike but also fiercely proud and strong willed The horror of ostracism in front of an entire community isnt something to be taken lightly and Hester bore the weight of it by herself Hawthorne further contrasts Hesters character with the view that the Puritans have of her by suggesting she was analogous to the Divine Mother in stance and radiance when she got up on the pillory to endure her punishment The power of this image was great and set the viewpoints exactly at oddsthe Puritans thought she was the embodiment of evil but their very punishment set her up as the Madonna herself In later chapters Hawthorne explored Hesters own reaction to her sin and fleshed out her character more completely Hester knew what she did was wrong and was fighting her own internal battle with insanity as a result He put a very strong moral fiber into Hester and this in turn instilled in her a very strong sense of guilt She didnt see fit to derive pleasure from sewing which was perhaps her only means of escape from the harsh reality of Puritan scorn because in her mind joy was sin In short Hawthorne developed a colorful and delicate view of Hester with his expositionone starkly contrasted with the evil contemptuous view that the Puritans held of her
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