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A narrators point of view or opinion of a character has always been important in developing the mannerisms and characteristics which make protagonists or antagonists captivating The Scarlet Letter written by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a prime example of point of view regarding a main character Hester Prynne the protagonist is at first portrayed by the narrator as a delicate flower a rose among thorns However as the novel progresses Hester becomes dull worn ugly to say the least There are several examples of admiration and distaste that the author makes very clear regarding Mistress Prynne and her course of actions The reader may also notice that point of view given by Hawthorne seems to vary throughout The Scarlet Letter due to the fact of the time period in which he was raised Many factors came into play when the developing of Hester Prynne came about It is thought by some historians that Nathaniel Hawthorne had an infatuation with his sister This may or may not have come into play when Mistress Prynnes character was fashioned At the beginning of the novel she is presented as a delicate being A rare beauty among hags She had dark and abundant hair so glossy that it threw off the sunshine with a gleam and a face which besides being beautiful from regularity of feature and richness of complexion had the impressiveness belonging to a marked brow and deep black eyes Pg 53 It seems to the reader that Mistress Prynne is being contrasted against the other women in the settlement who are old and ugly she appears to be brighter However with her comes a history of shame and disgrace according to the Puritan society At this point in time Hester is regarded for her body as the author makes clear there are no indications of her possessing any true thoughts Modeled much after her own fancy seemed to express the attitude if her spirit the desperate recklessness
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