The Scarlet Letter | Study Guide

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Chapter 13 | Another View of Hester

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The Scarlet Letter | Chapter 13 : Another View of Hester | Summary



Seven years have passed since the opening of the novel, and things have changed. First, Hester has come to be well respected for her aid to the needy and her unselfish nursing of the ill. Second, she has become as severe and plain as the rest of the Puritans.


At the beginning of the novel, Hester had to wear the A as sign of shame for her sin. Now the A has become a symbol of goodness, respect, and admiration. Hester's good deeds have redeemed her reputation.

Denied adult companionship and love and isolated from the community, Hester has turned inward. The change in her appearance shows the importance of friendship and human contact. She has lost her beauty; she dresses in "studied austerity" and lacks any "demonstration in her manners."

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