In the beginning, her sin weighs her down. She is ashamed by the “A” she wears. The people who know about her and her sin, disrespect her, and look down upon her. She is being teased by children, and strangers make faces at her. Others, who know about her, make nasty comments about her both, to her face and behind her back. She is being degraded as a human being, but she accepts the torture because she knows they are consequences of her actions. Eventually, she continues to work with the community and her statusbegins to change. The symbols meaning goes from Adultery to Able.
She becomes stronger and mentally more courageous. When she removes her “A” in the forest she completely changes. In the 3rd paragraph of chapter 13, Hawthorne writes, “Such helpfulness was found in her,—so much power to do, and power to sympathize,—that many people refused to interpret the scarlet A by its original signification. They said that it meant Abel; so strong was Hester Prynne, with a woman’s strength. ” Her change transforms her to a new person. It changes her so much, Pearl, couldn’t even recognize her. Dimmsdales sins affects his physical well-being, and his mental stability.
Since he never publicly admits his sin, he has to keep his sins bottled up within him. He has no way to relieve himself of the burden of his sins, but to be shamed in public. He ultimately becomes a coward and he tortures himself . He was healthy before, but as the years go by, he becomes sickly, and he worsens his condition by abusing himself. Later on through the years, when he joins with Hester and Pearl in the forest , he becomes different, and when they decide what their plans will be, his health changes, and his energy seems as I it was back.
He changes and transforms to another person. “The minister’s own will, and Hester’s will, and the fate that grew between them, had wrought this transformation. It was the same town as heretofore; but the same minister returned not from the forest. ” He changed to a new him. Chillingworth also changes as a character. In the beginning, before he finds out about Hester’s sin, he is a peaceful and quiet physician. As time goes on, and he knows about Hester’s sin, he kindles a new fire for revenge.
He carries a new dark energy that isn’t there before. As years go on, people even think him to be the devil himself. He transforms into something evil that was in thirst for revenge. He thrives to torture the man Hester committed her sin with. This new evil becomes his life, and that is all he lives for. He tortures Dimmsdale, which worsens both of their conditions. When Dimmsdale dies, Chillingsworth realizes that he has nothing else to live for. “Nothing was more remarkable than the change which took place, almost immediately after Mr.
Dimmesdale’s death, in the appearance and demeanour of the old man known as Roger Chillingworth. ” Throughout the novel, each character changes and transforms throughout the years. Each character changes differently, and suffers the consequences for their sins in a different manner. One grows stronger, as the other grows weaker and both commit the same sin, the other acts as the driving force to further worsen the conditions. They change each other, and in a way help to transform each other to who they become.