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Hester Prynne Scarlet Letter Qualities

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Many times during one’s life, it takes a great mistake to bring out the best in oneself. This is apparent in Hester Prynne’s action throughout The Scarlet Letter. Furthermore, there is a clear character development of Hester, as her character learns to accept and grow throughout her unfortunate situation. Thus relating more and more to the wisdom in the poem “If”, which portrays the necessary characteristics in a respected and virtuous person. This is evident when the expressions of failure she receives from the townspeople motivates her to strive to better herself. “If” relates to Hester Prynne because it demonstrates Hester’s maturity via her humility and perseverance with herself, Pearl, and Dimmesdale and Chillingworth.
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Hester has mentioned more than once during The Scarlet Letter that she considers Pearl to be a “demon offspring” (Page 89). However, Hester learns to accept Pearl, thus showing her character growth. “If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster / And treat those two impostors just the same;” (Lines 11-12). This is relevant to “If” because Pearl is shown as both “Triumph” as well as “Disaster” in the eyes of Hester. Hester clearly is able to have a different perspective on her situation as the text continues. In addition Hester says, “Dost thou not think her beautiful? And see with what natural skill she has made those simple flowers adorn her” (Page 189). She also learns to that even though Pearl is living evidence of her sin, she also brings Hester great joy and companionship. In continuation, the quotation, “If you can make one heap of all your winnings / And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss” (Lines 18-19) portrays Hester’s commitment to Pearl throughout the text because of such dedication to raising her. “Mindful, however, of her own errors and misfortunes, she early sought to impose a tender, but strict, control over the infant immortality that was committed to her charge” (Page 82). While Hester was a single mother, uncommon and unfavored for her time, she was able to keep an open mind towards Pearl and treat her with compassion early in her life. Obviously, the poem “If” provides examples of Hester’s changing relations with her daughter Pearl, who was both a “Triumph” and a
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