Written in 1850, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, explores the harsh reality of the conditions of women in the 1600’s. Through descriptive language and emotional imagery, the novel illustrates themes of guilt, revenge, and salvation. Hester Prynne, the main character and adulterer, lives a life of ordained embarrassment after being found guilty for having another man’s child while married. Fresh out of the town prison, Hester and her daughter Pearl, are shunned from the town and forced to live on the outskirts in a small cottage.  The community of the Massachusetts colony forces Hester to embroider a red ‘A’ on her clothes not only to humiliate her but to remind everyone of the crime she has committed. As if it wasn’t bad enough to have an affair, Hester’s love affair was with the priest of the community church, Arthur Dimmesdale, which nobody knows due to Hesters loyalty to the secret. When her husband finally arrives he hides his identity from the town to avoid humiliation, the only person who knows he is now in town is Hester. Now known as Roger Chillingworth, he has his mind set on getting revenge, and threatens Hester to hide his identity or he will destroy both her and Pearl. Whenever Dimmesdale becomes ill, Chillingworth moves in to take care of him in suspect that he is Pearl’s father. After many years Hester and Arthur decide to leave town and move to England to start anew with Pearl, Chillingworth finds out and plans to leave on the same ship. The day the couple plans on leaving, Election Day, Dimmesdale gives one of his most inspired sermons. But as the festival is leaving the church, Dimmesdale stumbles and falls. Seeing Hester and Pearl in the crowd watching the parade, he climbs up on the platform and confesses his sin, dying in Hester’s arms. Later, witnesses say they saw a mark in the form of an ‘A’ on his chest. Chillingworth, losing his need for revenge, dies shortly after and leaves Pearl enough money, to go to Europe with her mother. Many years later, Hester returns to Massachusetts, begins wearing the scarlet letter again, and becomes a person to who other women turn to for advice and guidance. When Hester dies, she is buried near the grave of Dimmesdale, and they share a tombstone with the inscription “On a field, sable, the letter A gules.”