The main question is why Hawthorne had to give it a tragic end?
Was it essential to the success of his communication? Hester is the principle character in the story line.
"' People say,' said another, 'that the Reverend Master Dimmesdale, her godly pastor, takes it very grievously to heart that such a scandal should have come upon his congregation'" (49).
The community sees Reverend Dimmesdale as a godly man who does not commit sin.
This creates an empathy for Hester and creates the desire that she finds happiness.
As she is the tragic hero in the story, it becomes clear that she will not find happiness.
There they would have been able to be free of the stigma of the scarlet letter, giving hope to people trapped in bigoted communities that there are other places and other people with different views.
They would have shed light on their experiences and feelings, and given insight into a more realistic picture of life.
Her downfall is inevitable, but such is Hawthorne’s power that you keep hoping she will overcome.
Hawthorne deliberately hints to possible redemption. Hester and Reverend Dimmesdale plan to escape and make their way to England.