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Try it risk-free In this lesson, we will discuss the heroine of 'The Scarlet Letter,' Hester Prynne.
A description of her physical appearance, her traits, and an analysis of her character will be followed by a short quiz.
Appropriately distanced from everyone else, Hester raises her daughter who she thinks God gave to her for a reason. Although her husband demands to know the name of her lover, Hester refuses to turn her lover in.
Because of this, Hester endures her punishment alone. Since she is shunned by the rest of the community, she has no friends, and apart from raising her daughter, she has no obligations, either.What makes Hester so likable is her reaction to getting caught. She gives so much back to the people of the town, even after they ostracize her.When her behavior is found out and results in a child, Hester accepts both her punishment and the child that God gave her. It is through Hester's strength of character and her ceaseless good deeds that the collective mindset of the town begins to change in her favor.At the end of the novel, she moves back to Salem and takes up the scarlet letter A again until her death. We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities.You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree.Hawthorne's most famous novel, The Scarlet Letter is the story of Hester Prynne, a young woman who commits adultery and is forced to live with the consequences in the Puritan community of Salem, Massachusetts.Hester Prynne is first described in the chapter 'The Market-Place' when a group of townspeople gathered on the lawn outside the jail witness her release.The Scarlet Letter, written in 1850 by Nathaniel Hawthorne, might seem archaic to modern readers.This is partly due to the fact that the novel is set in the 1640s, over 200 years before its publication.The truest testament to Hester's character, however, comes at the end of the novel.When her husband dies, he leaves a fortune to Hester's daughter, Pearl, even though Pearl is not his child.