Scarlet Letter, character analysis on Hester Pryne

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Rejection to Acceptance

In the Scarlet Letter the author, Nathaniel Hawthorne, reveals the heroine, Hester Pryne, as a beautiful, courageous, and strong woman. Hester was despised by many people but soon earned the respect of the town.

Hester was tall and elegant. She had a rich complexion and deep black eyes. She was from Europe and was married to Roger Chillingworth, an old and scholarly man. Soon after her marriage she immigrated alone to Boston, Massachusetts to start a new life. She began her new journey of life in Boston as a seamstress. Hester possessed much strength and just as many weaknesses. One of those weaknesses was being unfaithful to her husband. Hester committed adultery with Reverend Dimmesdale. She was sentenced to two years in solitary confinement. The results of her sins brought about the birth of a little girl named Pearl. After Hester and Pearl were released from prison Hester was ordered to wear a scarlet letter upon her bosom for the rest of her life.

In the story Hester Pryne changes several different times. Throughout the novel Hester's view changed from ashamed and despised to confident and respected. She lived her life to the fullest and did not let peoples opinions get in her way. Instead of letting her mistakes take control of her life she used them to better herself.

The townspeople of Boston soon began to realize that

Hester Pryne was really a softhearted loving woman. It took a while for the people to accept Hester and her sin, but they realized that God always forgives. That's when the people started respecting her. People began asking her for advice and really getting to know her. Hester served as an example of how one can completely change their life around for the good. She showed them...