Characterization In The Scarlet Letter

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The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, takes place in the late 17th century. The main characters in this novel are Hester Prynne, Roger Chillingworth, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Pearl. Some of the characters in this story are very complicated as others are quite simple. The absence of any of these characters would make this story incomplete. The Scarlet Letter has a variety of different characters that all have their own unique personalities. All of the characters Hawthorne uses depend and are connected to each other in a special way. The Scarlet Letter is centered around Hester Prynne. She is a beautiful, young woman who breaks the moral and social codes of her society by committing adultery. Because she refuses to reveal her lover’s identity, her punishment is to wear a scarlet “A” on her chest. However, throughout the story, Hester matures as a woman. By the end of The Scarlet Letter, she becomes a woman to be looked up to. The townspeople’s view on the meaning of the scarlet “A” on Hester’s chest had changed from “adultery” to “able” because she is able to care for herself, others and her daughter Pearl. Hester is a very realistic character as she goes through and experiences the same difficulties that people go through in their lives. Roger Chillingworth is the antagonist and the most evolved character in The Scarlet Letter. Chillingworth represents evil in Hawthorne’s novel. He changes from a man in disguise trying to figure out the man who did both him and his wife (Hester) wrong, into a twisted, deformed man. He tells Hester that he plans to become a “man who devotes himself earnestly and unreservedly to the solution of a mystery”(70). However, as time progresses, Chillingworth’s goal of revenge on the man who slept with his wife becomes an obsession. It becomes so immense that it is his only reason for living. He is more
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