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In the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne what appears to be Hester Prynnes tragedy becomes the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdales suffering and depression despite the letter A boldly present on her chest Revered Dimmesdales affair with Hester Prynne continuously troubles his conscience seeing that no other person feels as guilty the minister is the most tragic character in the novel At the time when this novel takes place not only ministers but ordinary people of the town took religion very serious With great displeasure Hester Prynne takes her punishment of being shunned from the people of her society and by covering it up and secreting her sin Pearls significant contribution to Hesters life acts as a cure to her misdeeds while no one to turn to Dimmesdales guilty conscience is buried within eventually destroying him Hester Prynnes sin of adultery had a big impact on herself as well as the entire community All the people looked at her as worthless and dishonest Her mistake had shunned her from the society She quoted I happened to place it on my breast It seemed to me then that I experienced a sensation not altogether physical yet almost so as of burning heat and as if the letter were not of red cloth but red-hot iron 31 At the time no one knew the whereabouts of her partner She had felt extremely lonely and disappointed the thought of her being shunned from the community was beyond her belief Her last hope was Pearl By no means did she have to suffer as well To many people the forest is a good and happy place full of nature and respect but in New England at this time of witchery it spelled evil and had horror written all over it It is one day that Hester Prynne and Pearl meet
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