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The Letter and Human Frailty Nathaniel Hawthorne the author of The Scarlet Letter tells a tale of human frailty and sorrow through each and every character When you first meet Hester Prynne the main character she seems quite innocent Only guilty of not naming her lover Yet she is treated like an evil demon by the Puritan community of the 1700s because she broke the seventh commandment The way they yelled at the very least they should have put the brand of hot iron on Hester Prynne Hawthorne 69 this is a perfect example of how the behavior of the characters tells a story of human frailty and sorrow Hester took great pride in everything she did from the letter A on her chest to the baby Pearl in her arms It was the pride of Hester Prynne that forced her to wear the Scarlet letter to her death At the final hour when she was so soon to fling aside the burning letter it had strangely become the centre of more remark and excitement and was thus made to sear her breast more painfully than at any time since the first day she put it on Hawthorne 242 Roger Chillingworth Hesters husband was a very old and educated man that Hester didnt love Chillingworth was the most selfish in the story he married Hester without Hesters love in return and this was one of the sins that refers to Hawthornes human frailty Hawthorne 46 Poor Rogers sins are clearly defined And it seemed a fouler offense committed by Roger Chillingworth than any which had since been done him that in the time when her heart knew no better he had persuaded her to fancy herself happy by his side Hawthorne 172 Chillingworths attacks on Dimmesdale were to make Dimmesdale weak and when he saw Dimmesdales Scarlet letter on his chest he laughed instead if feeling for the poor desperate man Chillingworth
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