Does the character conflict in The Scarlet Letter reflect Hawthorne's doubts about the evolving America? How do his views on human nature affect attempts to build a better society?

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This is an interesting question. I would not consider it a utopian novel, but there are definitely visions of society. Before the baby is born, Hester represents the old society. After the baby is born, she wants to build a better world and work to make her society better. She represents hope.

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