The Scarlet Letter

Compare the initial intent behind the scarlet letter to the actual effect on Hester.

Compare the initial intent behind the scarlet letter to the actual effect on Hester.

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Initially the Scarlet letter was meant to publicly shame Hester. Hester, however, embraces her sin. She loves her daughter Pearl as a living embodiment of her sin and her love. Hester re-makes herself using her sin a fertile soil. Eventually the people of the village begin to view Hester as a merciful angel and a "success story" of the village.