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FC: The Scarlet Letter | Salina Ali, Kk Abais, Gary Watson

1: The effect of the symbol—or, rather, of the position in respect to society that was indicated by it—on the mind of Hester Prynne herself, was powerful and peculiar. All the light and graceful foliage of her character had been withered up by the red-hot brand, and had long ago fallen away, leaving a bare and harsh outline, which might have been repulsive, had she possessed friends or companions to be repelled by it."

2: “The scarlet letter was her passport into regions where other women dared not tread. Shame, Despair, Solitude! These had been her teachers,--stern and wild ones,--and they had made her strong, but taught her much amiss.” | Even though the scarlet letter caused many problems for Hester, it taught her many valuable lessons through despair, solitude, and shame. She developed into a strong woman but missed out on much at the same time.

4: "The effect of the symbol—or, rather, of the position in respect to society that was indicated by it—on the mind of Hester Prynne herself, was powerful and peculiar. All the light and graceful foliage of her character had been withered up by the red-hot brand, and had long ago fallen away, leaving a bare and harsh outline, which might have been repulsive, had she possessed friends or companions to be repelled by it." | The scarlet letter upon Hester’s chest held a strange power. Something as trivial as a letter immediately changed Hester’s disposition. Instead of being the beautiful woman she used to be, she was now transformed into a rigid and repulsive human. The mark of the letter left her permanently scarred.

7: Hester will never be able to escape the guilt the scarlet letter resembles. She can hide or conceal it, but it will always remain in her heart. | “Ah, but let her cover the mark as she will, the pang of it will be always in her heart.”

9: But . . . the scarlet letter ceased to be a stigma which attracted the world’s scorn and bitterness, and became a type of something to be sorrowed over, and looked upon with awe, and yet with reverence, too." | Towards the end of the novel, the scarlet letter was no longer seen as a symbol of disgrace and sin. It was considered as a sign of transformation and acceptance within the society and reflects the change of her character.

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