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In the novel The Scarlet Letter written by Nathaniel Hawthorne Hester Prynne undergoes both physical and emotional revelations Hester is directly affected by the consequences of breaking moral and social codes of behavior The novel is a story of a young woman who commits adultery and stays strong when the community harasses her She will not reveal the identity of her daughter Pearls father In the end of the novel Arthur Dimmesdale Pearls father reveals to the townspeople that he is an unworthy minister for committing such a sin In the beginning of the novel Hester is portrayed as a young and elegantly beautiful mother who is being punished for a horrid sin The townspeople think of her as a haughty and wretched woman and her punishment should be much harsher The magistrates are God-fearing gentlemen but merciful overmuch-that is a truth Hawthorne 38 When she comes out of the jailhouse a beautifully sewn letter A is embroidered onto her breast The townspeople see this as her taking light of her punishment In the middle of the novel Hester has become a more mature woman Her passion embroidery and her compassion towards others become apparent Also she shows responsibility and courage by going to the governors house and asking to have custody of her daughter Pearl She defends her argument by stating I can teach my Pearl what I have learned from this Hawthorne 84 She now lives in a thatched cottage on the outskirts of town and has become ignored somewhat by the townspeople At the end of The Scarlet Letter Hester is now a woman who is looked up to The townspeoples view on the meaning of the scarlet A has changed from adultery to able because she is able to care for herself others and Pearl This quote shows her ability to care for both Pearl and the community It was perceived too that while Hester never put forward even the
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