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The Scarlet Letter The novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne was an objective description of the life of Hester Prynne an adultress The novel does not go into specific details of the thoughts of the woman except to describe the mien of her character Throughout the novel she faces humiliation by the other people of Boston but never loses her sense of pride Hester Prynne suffers enormousely from the shame of her public disgrace and from the isolation of her punishmenthowever she retains her self-respect and survives her punishment with dignitygrace and ever-growing strength of characterFrom the moment Hester Prynne is introduced into the plot of The Scar-let Letter in chapter 2 The Marketplace the reader realizes how prideful she is As an adultress she is forced to endure ignominy by her peers and is doomed to have the letter A bound to her heart When standing on the scaffold as pun-ishment for her sins she never truly falters She hold a three month old infant in her arms and attempts to cover her brand with the child However she realizes thatthe baby symbolizes her sin just as much as the letter and decides its pointlessThroughout many years of her life Hester was considered an outcast by the people of her town These repercussions are felt by her daughter Pearl as well because she has no friends They dont associate with others and some instances occurred when Puritan children would throw rocks at the two During this time Hester refuses to make publicly known the name of her childs fatherTo bear the weight of her punishment all alone made her even strongerAs her life progressed Hester became less of an outcast in the
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