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The Unique Character of Hester Prynne from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter

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Hester Prynne from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter is a unique character. She shows a lot of strength. Hawthorne creates a Puritan Society who isolates Hester, which made her a character of her own uniqueness. Hester is a woman of strength, compassion, and honesty. First, Hawthorne painted Hester as a character of strength. She shows strength in chapter four, when her husband Roger Chillingworth asks her about Pearl’s father. She gives him the firm reply of “Ask me not! That thou shalt never know!”(84). Showing her extreme strength that no matter what, she will not reveal the identity of Pearl’s biological father. Secondly, Hester does needle work because she has to support herself and Pearl, because that is all she has. Since she doesn’t have and companionship with other adult women within the Puritan Society (91). By doing her needle work she shows strength to overcome what she can in order to make a life for herself and Pearl. As Dimmesdale confesses on Election Day he asks Hester to give him her strength in order to make up his mind about confessing he is the father of Pearl. “I withheld myself from doing seven years ago (276). This shows Hester has powerful strength by the fact that she has strength of independence and Dimmesdale sees it. Compassion is shown through Hester’s suffering of being isolated within the Puritan society. Hester shows compassion in chapter five by “by degrees, nor very slowly, her handiwork became what would now be fashion. Whether from
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