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In The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the setting of the country plays a Substantial role in both the characterization of Hester, the protagonist, and also at the development of the work as a whole. It was just when Hester was banished to the nation in isolation she managed to accomplish enlightenment and it was just when Hester attained enlightenment that the other figures were able to grow also. The nation setting served to establish the worth of this novel - the nation is depicted as a place where such virtues as modesty, wisdom, and love are held in high esteem. After Hester gives birth to her child, Pearl, the townspeople decide to punish her by sending her off, to reside in the country (far removed from town) with just her kid for business. Their intention was that she would have time by herself to believe on her remorse and regret her sin - but she did quite the contrary. She grew to be a strong, independent woman without any requirement of societyвЂ™s attribute or forgiveness. The nation putting played a pivotal part in her development as a character - living away.