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The Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne
Summary Key Questions and Answers
Summary Key Questions and Answers

11) How does Hester Prynne’s reputation change in the course of the novel?

In the course of the novel, Hester Prynne changes from a vilified sinner to a valued servant of her community. Although she is still ostracized by her fundamentalist and repressive community, she plays the role of loving and compassionate nurse and comforter when anyone needs support. As a result of her giving and nurturing behavior, Hester becomes welcome in people’s homes when they are suffering. She also becomes a successful seamstress whose intricate needlework is in high demand.