Character Analysis Of Hester Prynne

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“The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him”, Daniel 9:9. In the Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne portrays Hester Prynne as a kind, strong, and humble character. Although as Hester sins, this does not define her as a person or take away from her value as a person. Hester is a humble person throughout the entire book because she is always caring nice and honest. As Hester is appointed for adultery and admits to it, she is completely honest and doesn’t lie and straight forward with the townspeople. Hester Prynne is portrayed as a sinful character in the text but in reality she is a kind, strong, humble character in depth. As a main character, Hester is illustrated by sin but her true color is actually being humble. In the real world people get looked down upon if they cheat or have an affair just as Hester did. As…show more content…
Hester Prynne is punished by being put on the scaffold and receiving the scarlet letter “A” and also by being put into jail. Throughout her punishments, Hester somehow finds a way to stay kind to others and remain her genuine self. “She offered up a real sacrifice of enjoyment, in devoting so many hours to such rude handiwork.” (77). This quote represents how Hester is kind to the poor and uses her skill in needlework to sew clothes and garments for the needy. This quote also shows that needlework is tough labor as the quote states “ such rude handiwork”. “The poor, as we have already said, whom she sought out to be the objects of her bounty.” (78). As this quote represents that Hester’s needlework of making attire for the poor were like a bounty. This quote also shows Hester is kind through making her garments for the poor for no emolument. Hester’s kindness really sticks out in Chapter 5 as she is released from jail and starts using her skill of needlework to make the garments and clothes for the
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