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The character of Hester Prynne changed significantly throughout the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Hester Prynne through the eyes of the Puritans is an extreme sinner she has gone against the Puritan ways committing adultery For this irrevocably harsh sin she must wear a symbol of shame for the rest of her life However the Romantic philosophies of Hawthorne put down the Puritanic beliefs She is a beautiful young woman who has sinned but is forgiven Hawthorne portrays Hester as divine maternity and she can do no wrong Not only Hester but the physical scarlet letter a Puritanical sign of disownment is shown through the authors tone and diction as a beautiful gold and colorful piece From the beginning we see that Hester Prynne is a young and beautiful woman who has brought a child into the world with an unknown father She is punished by Puritan society by wearing the scarlet letter A on the bosom of her dress and standing on the scaffold for three hours Her hair is a glossy brown and her eyes deep-set and black her attire is rich carefully caressing her slender figure The scaffold is a painful task to bear the townspeople gathered around to gossip and stare at Hester and her newborn child whom she suitably named Pearl named because of her extreme value to her mother In the disorder of faces in the crowd young Hester Prynne sees the face of a man she once was fiercely familiar with whom we later learn is her true husband Roger Chillingworth Her subjection to the crowd of Puritan onlookers is excruciating to bear and Hester holds the child to her heart a symbolic comparison between the child and the scarlet letter implying that they are truly both intertwined Prynne is imprisoned with
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