Essay On Sin Of The Scarlet Letter, By Susan Glaspell, And Ligeia By Edgar Allan Poe

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Role of Sin in American Literature Sin plays a role in everyone’s life whether you’re the one doing the sinning or someone you know is sinning. American Literature isn’t any different in that sin happens. The characters in the stories and poems are shaped by the sin that occurs around them or to them. Some of them accept the negativity and try to look at the positive in life like Hester did in The Scarlett Letter while others supply the negativity and create more sin like Minnie Wright did in Trifles. Throughout the stories and poems that we have read sin sticks out to me in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Trifles by Susan Glaspell, and “Ligeia” by Edgar Allan Poe. Sin is shown to play a key role in these three American literatures by the influence the sin has on the people affected by it and the outcome of that sin. By examining these three pieces of literature, it evident that the surrounding community of the main characters only focus on the sin itself, not the life before the sin was committed or the aftermath of what happened. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is the best book to demonstrate how sin is portrayed and the effects that it plays on the characters. Not only does it build on sin as the story progresses, it used different sins throughout the book. Lust, Lying, Betrayal, Greed and Adultery are the major ones. Two of the main characters, Hester and Dimmesdale, are shown in the end to had committed adultery and have a baby named Pearl. The…

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