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Hester Prynne is the protagonist of The Scarlet Letter. She is described as a youthful, beautiful and dignified woman

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Malhotra Hester Prynne is the protagonist of ?The Scarlet Letter?. She is described as a youthful, beautiful and dignified woman. In the starting of this story Hester is represented as a sinner, a piece of shame for the society. When she walks to the scaffold from the prison, she holds her head high and remains in full public view without shedding a tear. Her spirit is also reflected in the way she takes up her punishment and carries the scarlet letter. Her artistic trait is revealed in the way she decorates the scarlet letter with gold thread. Instead carrying it as a symbol of shame she boldly carries it on her bosom. Hester?s strength of character is well represented in the way she faces ?crab nature? people. ...read more.


Even after such a scene of embarrassment Hester remains strong and builds her inner talent to source of income. Hester?s selflessness is also reflected in the services that she renders to the poor, needy and the sick. Out of entire earning she only uses a part of it for her daughter?s clothes and the rest goes for charity. Hester is a woman full of motherly love that she showers on Pearl. It is her love and concern for Pearl that makes her feel alive and earn for her daughter?s existence than her own. Hester is not a vengeful person as she never tries to make her lover feel guilty. Neither does she harbor any malice towards Chillingworth, as she promises to never reveal his identity. Hester is also a woman of strong principles. ...read more.


He is a selfish lover, as he expects Hester Prynne to be loyal to him even after two years of abundance. Chillingworth's unsympathetic and shameful nature is reflected in his choice of hiding his identity. His vengefulness trait is seen when he voices out and pressurizes Hester to reveal her mate?s identity. He repeats the line ? he will be known? three times, which refers to bible text, a spell repeated three times to make something happen ( good or bad). One can smell his hatred in the way he asks Hester about her lover in jail as though if he finds who the fellow sinner is, he would kill him. Chillingworth is malevolent and vicious man but he still is concerned for Hester as he doesn?t harm her even though he had a major chance to do so. Even though he is presented as an evil character, his agony and sense of revenge is well justified. ...read more.

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