symbol of her calling

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"No good can be acheived by them, no evil of the past be redeemed by better service (120). "The letter was a symbol of her calling" (146).

 If Dimmesdale did not choose to hold onto his guilt he would not have been able to touch all of the lives during that time.  His inner conflict with himself slowly takes over though and the idea that you can't love and help others if you detest your own self image holds true here.  I loved how the tables were turned to give Hester the power to help.  The letter and everything it put her through truly became a calling.  This gives the readers hope that anything (no matter how trialing) can be transformed into something positive if chosen so. 

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Great point, Jessica.

Don't forget to post a link from your blog back to the course website, so that someone who starts from this page on your blog will know what you're quoting from, and will know that it's part of a conversation that you're carrying on with other students.

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