Hester Prynne Change In Scarlet Letter

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TSL Paper Hester Prynne a beautiful woman, living in Boston, was convicted of adultery and had a child named Pearl. Her punishment for committing this crime was to a life wearing a letter "A" too stand for adultery. But after wearing the scarlet letter her beauty seemed to diminish to ruggedness. This change is significant because, Hester Prynne's appearance and hair signify the levels of will and determination she possesses at the moment. Before wearing the scarlet letter Hester was gorgeous and was envied by most woman in town. She had beautiful brown hair and a very feministic appearance. This beauty can be seen in Hawthorne's words in chapter 2 page 2, "The young woman was tall, with a figure of perfect elegance, on a large scale. She had dark and abundant hair, so glossy that it threw off the sunshine with a gleam, and a face which, besides being beautiful from regularity of feature and richness of complexion, had the impressiveness belonging to a marked brow and deep black…show more content…
She begins to hide her luscious hair in a cap and almost seems to lose her femininity. She becomes an outcast in the town, living on the outskirts of town. Men, woman, and children constantly making fun of both Pearl and Hester increasing the affect of Hester's diminishing appearance. An example of this abuse can be seen in Pearl repeatable being called a "demon child" by the towns people. (Hawthorne, Scarlet Letter 89) It almost seems as if the scarlet letter has absorbed her beauty along with all the rebellious and fiery qualities of Hester, leaving a cold and lonely woman, her tenderness "crushed so deeply into her heart that it can never show itself more."(Hawthorne, Scarlet Letter Chapter 13) While wearing the scarlet letter Hester becomes less passionate internally and externally which can be seen directly in her loss of prior

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