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In Nathaniel Hawthorne for her banishment from society; and also for the futility of her punishment. In the first scene, Hawthorne uses the scaffold to spell out how Hester can't feel that the and the infant are actual. From the second scaffold scene, Hawthorne attempts to convey to the reader that Hester has fully repented for her sin, however this is not correct. In the final scaffold scene, Hester does not yet completely regret for her sin because her love for Dimmesdale remains strong. Through Hester, Hawthorne is attempting to convey with the reader it hard for Hester to repent the sin of adultery. From the first scaffold scene, the author writes she turned her eyes downward at the scarlet letter, and even touched it with her finger, to assure herself that the infant and shame were real. Yes! -these were her realities-all else had vanished'; (page 41) From this quote the reader learns that Hester is only starting to deal with the shame of her sin. It is clear from this quote that she has not yet come to grips with her activities. She is in a complete state of shock, and it appears as if she is attempting to locate a way to forget about her sins. What's also learned from this quotation.