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The Significance of the Scarlet Letter A Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter deals with many motifs the most powerful being punishment In this novel Hester Prynne becomes a highly respected person in a Puritan society by overcoming one of the harshest punishments the scarlet letter This object on her bosom 60 does the exact opposite of which it is really meant for Eventually Hester inverts all the odds against her due to her courage pride and effort Hester went beyond the letter of the law and did everything asked of her in order to prove that she is Able 156Hester became quite a popular seamstress admired all over the town of Boston for her work Hester is modest in everything that she does Hester herself wears only poor clothing while she embroiders marvelous works for the rest of Boston Hester was not allowed to embroider objects pertaining to a wedding however This was because the objects for a wedding represent the values of marriage and she had committed adultery By committing adultery she broke her vows of marriage She had went against the promises in marriage so why should she embroider objects for someone elses wedding Hester still does the job willingly and rarely ever looks back to the horrid past Hester always wore the scarlet letter A with pride and dignity She knew that what was done in the past was wrong and that the scarlet A was her punishment therefore it is worn with a sense of pride She wore it with pride because she never cared what others thought of her never took it off and never seemed to have complained She had only stated that the badge of shame 110 had taught her daily 100 Hesters child Pearl is a blessing and as a reminder of her sin 93 As if the scarlet A was not enough punishment there was a brat of that hellish breed 100 which would remind Hester of
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