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Hester is an independent woman and also attractive. She is an extremely good seamstress and despite her separateness from the people, they still have to rely on her for their sewing of nice clothing. Hester is able to support her daughter and her nicely.
Hester is a good mother who allows Pearl to explore nature. She stays in love with Dimmsdale and does not ever try to force him to quit and go to her. When he goes to her in later years she demonstrates that she has longed for it for many years.
When the Reverend finally does admit his role, he calls her up to the scaffold with him. She goes willingly. After his death she and her daughter leave. Years later when she returns things have changed, and she becomes a counselor to many women who need to talk about their problems.
Hester is a non-traditional woman who has strong beliefs, becomes self-actualized, and is committed to raising her daughter with confidence in herself.