Esther Prynne occupies a main and also a really difficult position in the story. The main problem is connected with the fact that it is necessary to consider this image from various positions. Hester is a well-made and created in all details image in the novel, that has an independent meaning, but it also cannot be noticed that every character in some way interacts with the most significant symbol of the story - a scarlet letter.
According to the gloomy and hostile point of view of the Puritans, Esther is a shameful persona and a Babylonian harlot, so we are only talking about the first and the main meaning of the symbol: "A" is the first letter of the word "Adulteress", which means adulteress.
Nevertheless, because of her personality, the protagonist was not designed to hover just a symbol of sin, since from the very beginning of the story, Hester Prynne reveals herself as a bright and disturbing personality, which opens even when the character deliberately does not hide her sin, finishes letter A embroidered with gold and scarlet.
Starting from the first lines, Esther secretly confronts an impure Puritan society, but, despite obvious spiritual inconsistency and subjective rebellion, defeats a musty philistine environment by his kind attitude towards people who disdain her.
Hester Prynne, due to her hard work and her talent, changed her destiny; therefore, understanding of the letter a as a sign of "adulteress", most dismal parishioners are no longer daring and decipher the sign as the first letter of the word "able" - strong, capable.
Hester, who confronts society and is all the time at a great distance from him, is anticipated by others as a hermit and a renegade. For that reason, till the last page of the book, many people do not even detect her existence and discern Hester as an individual who is all the time in a definite place and does not represent an interest for them. The scarlet letter on the clothes of a woman drawing a desolate life symbolizes the departure from society, isolation - alienation.
But gradually in the eyes of once cruelly stigmatized Esther people, she begins to look not only a loner, gone into her own world, but also, thanks to the shown sympathy and mercy to people, becomes a sign of kindness.
As already noted, the character of Esther is not so simple; therefore the logic of the development of her personality dictates a change in attitude towards the symbol of "shame".
Esther Prynne occupies a main and also a really difficult position in the story. The main problem is connected with the fact that it is necessary to consider this image from various positions.