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The Scarlet Letter

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Hester's Individuality

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When Hester walks out in town, she,

gives up her individuality and becomes the general symbol at which the preacher and moralist might point. (66)

What does this mean in context?

A

Ministers do not see Hester as an individual, complicated person, but as an easy way to teach a lesson about sin.

B

Because Hester's sin is uncommon in Boston, ministers point her out as a symbol of non-conformity.

C

Ministers treat Hester as an individual and seek her out so as to teach her important morals.

D

Hester has given up her individuality in order to teach the Puritans the danger of sin.

E

Ministers and moralists do not value individuals within society as they are difficult to teach about sin.