The Struggles And Strength Of Hester Prynne Essay

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The Struggles and Strength of Hester Prynne
Hester Prynne emerges as an admirable and heroic character through her humanistic qualities, her resolve to repent, and her strength in a time of isolation.
Hester’s human characteristics of being able to make mistakes, and her struggles with morality make the reader empathetic to her character. Hester, having made the mistake of adultery, decides not to reveal Dimmesdale’s identity due to her love for him. Hester doesn’t know if this is the right decision, but her silence causes Dimmesdale to exclaim, “wondrous strength and generosity of a woman’s heart! She will not speak!” (64). Hester had sinned with an unknown person in town, which she fully admits to, but Hester decides to further increase her punishment in order to protect her love, Dimmesdale. Hester questions this decision later on when Dimmesdale suffers more than she does, but she initially just wants to protect him and his image, showing Hester’s great loyalty towards her emotions. This imperfectness makes Hester easy to empathize with, as she admits to her mistake, and tries to protect the one she loves, in what could be another mistake. Everyone struggles with right and wrong and some point, and Hester beautifully illustrates how complicated moral decisions may be with her protection of Dimmesdale. Later on, when Hester and Dimmesdale secretly talk in the forest, Hester tears off the scarlet letter: “the burden of shame and anguish departed from her spirit… she had…

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