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The character of Hester Prynne changed significantly throughout the novelThe Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Hester Prynne through the eyesof the Puritans is an extreme sinner she has gone against the Puritan wayscommitting adultery For this irrevocably harsh sin she must wear a symbolof shame for the rest of her life However the Romantic philosophies ofHawthorne put down the Puritanic beliefs She is a beautiful young woman whohas sinned but is forgiven Hawthorne portrays Hester as divine maternityand she can do no wrong Not only Hester but the physical scarlet letter aPuritanical sign of disownment is shown through the authors tone and dictionas a beautiful gold and colorful pieceFrom the beginning we see that Hester Prynne is a young and beautiful womanwho has brought a child into the world with an unknown father She ispunished by Puritan society by wearing the scarlet letter A on the bosom ofher dress and standing on the scaffold for three hours Her hair is a glossybrown and her eyes deep-set and black her attire is rich carefullycaressing her slender figure The scaffold is a painful task to bear thetownspeople gathered around to gossip and stare at Hester and her newbornchild whom she suitably named Pearl named because of her extreme value toher mother In the disorder of faces in the crowd young Hester Prynne seesthe face of a man she once was fiercely familiar with whom we later learn isher true husband Roger Chillingworth Her subjection to the crowd of Puritanonlookers is excruciating to bear and Hester holds the child to her heart asymbolic comparison between the child and the scarlet letter implying thatPrynne is imprisoned with her child both of whom are emotionally andphysically exhausted from the punishment at the scaffold The husband RogerChillingworth passes by and is commissioned to be the physician to the twoand remedy them of their sicknesses She is surprised he had come at such atime where she was at a point of such
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