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When everyone around someone wishes for him/her not to exists, how can they cope? The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne revolves around Hester Prynne, the heroine, who battles with isolation made by sin and exclusion from a strict Puritan community. Shame and mockery follows the perspective which the rest of society retains on her, thrusting Hester at a huge seclusion. Hawthorne uses Hester's characterization to convey the adverse effect of isolation on their respective in The Scarlet Letter. At the beginning of The Scarlet Letter, Hester begins her life with Pearl; she is isolated from the rest of the town, which means she will be a subject for shame and mockery. The narrator depicts the increase of isolation from the cruel and unfeeling townspeople when Hester is on the scaffold. Hester stands in the spotlight for all of the townspeople's focus, "[m]easured by the prisoner's experience, but it may be reckoned a journey of some length[ ] she perchance underwent an agony from every footstep of those that thronged to watch her, as if her heart had been flung in the road for them all to spurn and trample upon. (2.17) Hester is a captive, a person deprived of freedom, trapped in a cage for all of those "that thronged to watch her";Hester's shame from sin is first set on display for all to push her further away from town. Hawthorne sets Hester in the scaffold as the spotlight at which her sin is encouraged to everyone in the town; in which they "spurn and trample" upon her heart which "had been flung in the street". The scaffold serves as the starting point for which Hester's isolation develops throughout the publication. "From the intense conscious of being the object of severe and universal observation, the wear...