Analysis Of ' The Scarlet Letter ' By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

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Sinfulness affects all people in many different ways. Several of these results are shown in the novel The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, as a condemnation of the Puritans. In the novel, a woman Hester Prynne commits adultery and so is punished harshly by the Puritan law. She wears a scarlet letter on her chest which marks her as a sinner and casts her out of society to live with desperation and solitude. Her fellow adulterer and minister, Arthur Dimmesdale, keeps his sin from the community and so is torn apart by his own guilt. Roger Chillingworth, Hester’s previous husband, only furthers this guilt, and devotes his life to the punishment of Dimmesdale. Dimmesdale finally escapes this man by confessing to his sins publicly and dying with complete relief. However, the sin and ordeal the three main characters went through drastically affected them. Sin and its consequences is one major theme of the book The Scarlet Letter. Hester Prynne is a woman who is greatly affected by the consequences of her sin. She commits adultery while she is married to a man she has not seen in two years, even though he is presumably dead. As a result of her action, the town inflicts severe punishment which affects her emotionally and physically, but also causes her to become a better person. One punishment she
Cotterman 2 receives is that she must stay in the prison for a set amount of time at the beginning of the novel. She resides in the “black flower of civilized society, a…

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