Societies frequently attempt to control women by chastising them for sexual behavior outside the institution of marriage. In the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the main character, Hester Prynne, is distant from her society, especially after she becomes entangled in the web of sin when she engages in an affair with Puritan minister, Arthur Dimmesdale. Seen as an extreme sinner, Hester is often misunderstood and ostracized, making her a victim of the Puritan society. For this irreversibly harsh crime, Hester is forced to brand the symbol of shame (the letter “A”) for the rest of her life which signifies that she is an “adulterer.” Despite the intense backlash that she endures which seemingly makes her seem like a helpless soul, Hester proudly accepts the punishment of the adultery that she has committed. Throughout the story, Hester puts up with the constant abuse from everyone rather than running away and hiding from everything. Hester acknowledges her mistake and being the incredibly, strong woman that she is, makes an effort to make the best out of it, and make things better for herself and her child. Instead of taking the role as a victim, Hester instead decides to be a courageous individual and defies the basic norms of her society; she survives. Though things may seem to go terribly wrong for Hester, in the end, she wins.Hester is denounced by her community but develops courageously as an individual and finds acceptance in herself. In the beginning of the novel, Hester Prynne defiantly walks out of prison while the townspeople watch on. Hester holds her baby, a symbol of her sin of adultery, and has a letter “A” branded on the bosom of her dress. Although Hester might have been enduring a bit of pain as if “her heart had been flung into the street for them to all spurn and trample on,” her facial expression, however, show no signs of uneasiness but instead her behavior is described as “haughty” (17). Hester demonstrates a great sense of pride and elegance that divulges a level of certainty in that she has with herself. As Hester walks on, The women of the town talk ill about Hester, and comment that the embroidery of the letter is just a joke to her, believing that she takes a lot of pride in her sins (that is not the case). Hester is just making the best out of the situation. According to Snodgrass, Hester Prynne is a voiceless, powerless female in a hateful society who is seen as the embodiment of what sin is for the devout, however she changes that narrative. Hester doesn’t run away but instead stays in the town that plays a crucial role in her identity. Hester won’t let anything make her give up. Even though things did get hard for her, which would emotionally and physically wreck her at times, Hester just saw this as a lesson that she must correct in order do better for herself and God. So, she is prepared to take on the consequences of her society.Hester Prynne is a woman of truth. Hester is an independent woman who takes daring risks, making her a passionate feminist. She dedicates in doing what she think is right based on her heart, not abiding to how a “normal” woman should act in her community. Hester refuses to identity the father of her child when she is interrogated by Dimmesdale, who happens to be just as guilty as she is (Dimmesdale is the father). Hester confidently declares, “Never!…I will not speak! My child must seek a heavenly father; she shall never know an earthly one!” (35). Hester declines to name her accomplice because she doesn’t want to cause him any shame. Therefore, Hester takes the blame. This fiery statement made by Hester tells a lot about her character. It shows how much she deeply cares for her love and doesn’t want him to have experience the same suffering she is. Hester wanted to protect Dimmesdale and his title. Later in the novel, Hester demonstrates this same love but for her daughter, Pearl. When Mr. Wilson and the Governor Winthrop suggest that they’re going to take away Pearl, Hester resists. Hester cries out, “God gave me the child! He gave her, in requital of all things else, which ye had taken from me. She is my happiness!—she is my torture, nonetheless!” (70). She won’t dare to let these men dictate what their going to do with her life and the child that she conceived. Also, Hester is showing once again that women are not incapable and that they too can have a voice. In her case, she won’t let anyone make choices for herself or her daughter, Pearl. By making her own decisions, Hester strays farther away from the limited roles that women were subjected during that time. Hester challenges the conventional idea that women are reliant on men. At the beginning of the story, Hester heavily depends on her then-husband, Roger Chillingworth, for financial stability and protection (main reason why she was married to him). Hester soon realizes that she doesn’t need a man to live. Back in Amsterdam, Hester lived with her wealthy husband, Chillingworth, who was also an English scholar husband. Soon, Hester is sent forth by him to go to the New World (Boston) while he stays behind to take care of things. Months later, he is reported missing after going to sea. So, what does Hester do? Hester stands on her two feet, doing things by her own choice. So, engaging in a love affair with Arthur Dimmesdale was by her own choice but only because she truly felt a connection with him (she never experienced this with Chillingworth). Later in the story, Hester’s independence is heavily emphasized especially during the aftermath of her exposed secret. She and her child reside in a remote area outside of town. With Hester’s great skills in needlework, she is able to provide a “subsistence of the plainest and most ascetic description, for herself, and a simple abundance for her child”(35). She does not go to Dimmesdale and Chillingworth for support nor for any advice. This strong example of Hester’s self-reliance in society just goes to show that women in the community don’t need men. Rather, women can survive on their own without depending on another as a source of subsistence.Hester displays incredible signs of perseverance while dealing with many hardships along the way. Hester’s rebellious spirit helps her constantly fight her society’s norms in order speak on what she believes in. She refuses to stick with the status quo but instead decides to make her own path for herself. Throughout the course of the novel, Hester evolves from someone seen as a shameful and evil person to a well-admired individual (especially for women). In fact, by the end of novel, women sought out her for comfort and even advice, and of course Hester helps them out with all the knowledge she gained through the years of suffering that she dealt with. Indeed, Hester Prynne serves as the embodiment of female empowerment; she is a survivor.