What points in the novel can I use to highlight how the novel has shown how Hester is "fundamentally innocent"?I have already examined the effect of lighting in the book as well as the rosebush in...

What points in the novel can I use to highlight how the novel has shown how Hester is "fundamentally innocent"?

I have already examined the effect of lighting in the book as well as the rosebush in the opening of the book.

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missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One of my points would be to note that Hester takes this permanent mark of the letter 'A' on her so seriously, that even at Chillingworth's mention of the magistrates thinking about letting her take it of frustrates her. She is determined that the 'A' itself should decide when and if it will come off. I believe a person who you could label as fundamentally innocent would act in such a way. This person would proudly go to court or face consequences and proudly take the punishment for as long as it takes. That also demands integrity, I see that in Hester too. If you need to cite literary lingo, I would call this all characterization, and I believe you could find this conversation for quotes in chapter 14.

You cite the lighting and the rosebush, so I see you have gone with some objects suggesting that you might be using some symbolism.

Another point might have to do with some of her first intentions for the child, she named her Pearl. What could that have stood for? Think color, think purpose, think characteristics of a Pearl.

Good luck writing! I am sure other editors will see some different angles for you as well.  

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