Summary Of The Scarlet Letter By Hester Prynne

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Hester’s extravagant metamorphosis In Puritan society, people live by a heavily strict code that does not tolerate any form of sin and would scorn and despise those who are dishonest and deceitful. Hester Prynne is a crucial character in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, The Scarlet Letter which takes place during the 16th century in Boston, Massachusetts. Hester is found guilty of the sin of adultery after giving birth to her child that was not of her husband and is shamed upon by the people of society. Hester Prynne goes through a significant change throughout the course of the novel. She develops from a shamed upon young adult who had no plan set for herself to a strong, perseverant woman who uses the alienation and shame formed against her as inspiration. Nathaniel Hawthorne uses direct and indirect characterization along with figurative language to develop Hester throughout the novel. Hester Prynne is constantly alienated and shamed upon throughout the novel for her actions, however, she uses the negativity around her to form into a mature adult. After Hester Prynne was found guilty of the sin of adultery, she was prompted to wear a scarlet letter, A, which she made herself that was intended to resemble guilt, shame, and her evil actions. Hawthorne describes the letter as, “that SCARLET LETTER, so fantastically embroidered and illuminated upon her bosom. It had the effect of a spell, taking her out of the ordinary relations with humanity, and enclosing her in a sphere by
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