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Occasionally, Hester is compared to Anne Hutchinson, another historical figure. Anne Hutchinson sparked a religious freedom movement in Massachusetts that the Puritan leaders found so threatening, they banished her to Rhode Island.

Of the following choices, which is the BEST reason for Hawthorne including this real woman in his novel?

A

To illustrate the temptation Hester faced.

B

To show Hester's sin by comparing her to a holy woman.

C

To add historical realism.

D

To illustrate Hester's freethought via comparison.

E

To show the degree of Hester's sacrifice for Dimmesdale.

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