The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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To start the book, we find that a young woman has committed adultery and when standing in front of a mocking crowd, she is ashamed of her actions. Continuing through the book we find that the adulteress, Hester Prynne, displays many examples of positive outcomes arising from negative situations. She becomes more and more aware of the faults of society and becomes wiser as she deals with the consequences of her actions. Even though Hester made a terrible decision that came with many extremely negative effects, she gained personality traits, perceptions, and people that rose from her mistake.

In the first scene that is set by Nathaniel Hawthorne in the Scarlet Letter, there is a piece of land that is shared by a cemetery and a jail. Growing by the side of the prison is a wild rosebush. “It may serve, let us hope, to symbolize some sweet moral blossom that may be found along the track, or relieve the darkening close of a tale of human frailty and sorrow.” The rosebush foreshadows the coming of trial, but also the goodness that can bloom from it. (Chptr 1)

The child, resulting from Hester 's abomination, was named Pearl. Hester named her “as being of great price” proving her love and care for this precious child. Pearl, “a lovely and immortal flower, out of the rank luxuriance of a guilty passion” grew more beautiful every day. A creature that came as a product of such a disgraceful act was almost predicted to be hideous both inside and out. Even Hester herself “looked
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