Hawthorne depicts the character of Hester as a woman with many heroic qualities. While in this novel of puritanical times, Hester is an adulterer who has a child out of wedlock, Hester is the character given the greatest number of admirable qualities.
Hester's "sin" is a matter that is ridiculed by the community, her punishment is public, and yet, she endures it without crying, anger, or naming the father. Hester does not subject the father of her child to the humiliation that she must endure.
Hawthorne also has the Hester's character experience redemption of a sort, in the way the townspeople who once were so harsh, now look to her for advice, and see her scarlet A as "able" rather than an "adulterer".
Hester was written a strong, kind woman who endured terrible hardships, yet remained charitable of spirit and action.