Essay on Analysis Of ' The Scarlet Letter ' By Nathaniel Hawthorne

1148 Words Dec 17th, 2015 5 Pages
The Significance of Sin Everyone sins, it simply cannot be avoided. Nathaniel Hawthorne efficiently displays this theme throughout The Scarlet Letter. Hawthorne explains that no matter how righteous or innocent one appears to be on the outside, everyone has sinned and responds to his or her sin differently. Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth are three characters whom all have committed several different sins amongst themselves and against others. Some of these characters deal with their sin appropriately; however, others choose to not deal with their sin at all or choose to increase their sin by trying to achieve revenge. Hawthorne 's ideas of sin are presented by proving how character’s sin can affect themselves, their loved ones, and how they receive their redemption. Hester Prynne, the protagonist, is a prime example of how sinning once can cause the rest of one’s life and the life of others around to become much more complicated. Hester is known in her town as nothing more than an adulteress, and wearing the scarlet letter is a constant reminder of her sin. By saying,“Thus the young and pure would be taught to look at her, with the scarlet letter flaming on her breast,—at her, the child of honorable parents,—at her, the mother of a babe, that would hereafter be a woman, —at her, who had once been innocent, —as the figure, the body, the reality of sin” (75) proves her town has no respect for her. Puritan villages, such as the one Hester is…

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