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The Scarlet Letter The 6th Sense of Sinners In the Novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne the society of a Puritan town of Boston excludes anyone who is a nonconformist or is in any way deviant from their thoughts laws and standards However the townspeople themselves are not without fault However they try to conceal and contain their passions and all their faults due to their own fear of being excluded All the characters in the book who are excluded from society are the ones who are the most natural and true at heart possessing a sixth-sense perception and almost magical intuition that allows them to see through the public facade that others project in order to protect themselves There are five main characters throughout the novel that either obtain or this sixth-sense or have it used against them to see through their own facades These characters are Hester Prynne Pearl her daughter Roger Chillingworth Hesters husband Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale the priest that Hester committed adultery with and finally Mistress Hibbins the governors sister that is a witch Hester Prynnes separation from the townspeople is both physical and mental The townspeople expel her from the town and label her as an adulteress She goes to live with her illegitimate daughter whos name is ironically Pearl in a cottage not in close vicinity to any other habitation68 The whole town despises them children throw stones at and chase them down the street People do not dare to come close to Hester because they are afraid of her mark the scarlet A as an outcast To the townspeople Hesters character is something different and uncertain from the values to which they are accustomed Wherever Hester stood a small vacant area - a sort of magic circle - had formed about her into which none ventured or felt disposed to intrude 206 Hester is destined to wear a scarlet letter A on her chest
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