Essay On The Scarlet Letter Guilt

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Remember when you were little, and you broke your mom’s favorite vase, or stole some candy out of the candy jar? Then your mom, asked whether you did the act, but you insisted that you hadn 't. Then, as time went on, you felt bad, that you didn’t tell the truth. Well, that’s called guilt, and it has a different way of affecting people. When people do wrong, such as sinning, they tend to feel guilty, and the guilt can affect them in different ways. In the book, The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the ignominious characters, Hester Prynne, Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth, all commit sins. However, the sin and the guilt of that sin, all have a different impact on their lives. Hester is able to find strength in herself …show more content…
Everyone views Dimmesdale as a perfect person, who does not commit sin, but he really did, and feels guilty about it knowing people view him as perfect. This connects to the thesis because he is unable live with himself knowing that he disappointed everyone who believed in him. The hidden guilt is eating away at him so he wants it to escape. He feels very abashed about the sin he committed, so he begins to whip himself at late hours as an act of penance. After seven years of Dimmesdale facing the pain of his guilt, he decides to reveal to everyone that he had committed a sin. He is up on the scaffold with Hester and Pearl when he reveals the letter on his chest. He does not have any redemption because once he reveals his sin, he dies in front of everyone. “With a convulsive motion he tore away the ministerial band from before his breast. It was revealed! But it were irreverent to describe that revelation. For an instant the gaze of the horror-stricken multitude was concentrated on the ghastly miracle; while the minister stood with a flush of triumph in his face, as one who, in the crisis of acutest pain, had won a victory. Then, down he sank upon the scaffold!” (228) Although concealed sin made the character feel very guilty, the intensional nature of purposeful sin can drive them to do despicable …show more content…
Hester Prynne’s sin was revealed, Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale’s sin was concealed, and Roger Chillingworth’s sin was purposeful, and each person’s sin impacted their lives in a different way. The different sins affects each character differently depending on how the character chose to face their sin. Revealed sin, committed by Hester Prynne, could be hard at first to face was the best to face because the guilt did not eat away at them. Concealed sin, committed by Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, was not the best way to face sinning, because the guilt destroyed his self and his self conscious over powered him. Purposeful sin, committed by Chillingworth, was the worst of them all because he knowingly chose to sin, and continued to sin until it overpowered himself and became a different person. My mom’s aunt used to tell her, its best to bare the shame, then keep it a secret and feel the

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