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Describe Hester Prynne's state of mind in chapters 1-3?How has she decided she and...

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Posted December 3, 2012 at 12:40 AM via web

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Describe Hester Prynne's state of mind in chapters 1-3?

How has she decided she and Pearl will live their lives?

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gpane | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted December 3, 2012 at 1:24 PM (Answer #1)

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In these chapters we see Hester Prynne come out of the prison to stand in the pillory, subject to intense public scrutiny and social disapproval. It is a terrible ordeal for her, but she remains in a quite strong and defiant frame of mind throughout. Her defiance is most evident when at the end chapter three she refuses to name the father of her illegitimate child Pearl. She appears quite determined that she and Pearl will not be intimidated by society; she takes her punishment but she remains independent in spirit.

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