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kfarago | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 21, 2011 at 10:12 AM via web

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The question is :

Although Hester can leave Bosten and escapethis scandle entirely, she chooses not to do so. Why? What reasons can YOU think of to explain why she would endure the pain, ridicule, and loneliness attached to this situation?

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kristenrankin | Student , Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 3, 2011 at 12:34 PM (Answer #1)

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She felt the place of her sin should be the place of her punishment.

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paralysedforce | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted September 21, 2011 at 2:33 PM (Answer #2)

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Pride is one of the reasons Hester does not leave Boston. She wants to stay, because she feels as if she has the right, and she should not be kicked out. Also, there are not many places a woman with a child could go in the time that she lived. Anywhere in America she would have been condemned for the bastard son that she had birthed. Many of the people in these times were still under the Anglican influence, and death could have been a probable situation if her sin was found out in any other town to where she moved.

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