Hawthorne sets the novel in a Puritan era community, with its strict set of moral conduct, while having two of the primary characters embody different intellectual movements, Hester as the embodiment of Romanticism and Chillingworth as the embodiment of the Enlightenment. Briefly discuss how these two characters fill these roles and where Dimmesdale falls within these three modes of thought, as the Puritan preacher, rational intellectual, or romantic individual. What is Hawthorne’s point in presenting the novel in this way?

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