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Identity In Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Scarlet Letter'

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The Scarlet Letter that was beared onto Hester Prynne’s chest was originally to represent her sins and damnation towards God. Refusing to reveal the seducer that allowed her with a child she is faced with public shame and isolation from the Puritan community. Regards to this, Hester Prynne allows the Scarlet Letter to become an influential symbol of identity for herself which afterwards changes her perspective on society. Ulteriorly, we learn the Scarlet Letter’s true meaning and how great of a presence it had on others. With such a great impact the symbol even allowed the purest of souls to be corrupted with sin and guilt that opened the path to their own death. In the end as many years pass the Scarlet Letter is told as a mere urban legend.
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