Flame Of Transgression In The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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The Flame of Transgression Does sin still have the same consequences or same aspects as it did before during other eras? During the Puritan Era in the 1600s, everyone was considered to be born sinful, but God only saved those he wishes. In this era, some sinners served severe punishments like execution or embarrassment in front of public like it is portrayed in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Although some readers might believe that Hawthorne foreshadows some "sweet moral blossom" in the Scarlet Letter because Hester accepts her sin and child as a part of herself, her decision to keep her child’s father's identity confidential, the gossiping women in front of the prison mentioning Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth’s persistence to find out who had the affair with his wife all determine Hawthorne’s foreshadow of "human frailty and sorrow." …show more content…
One of the ladies mentions that, "the reverend master Dimmesdale, her godly pastor, takes it very grievously to heart that such scandal should have come upon his congregation"(Hawthorne 45). The mention of Dimmesdale and how he took it "grievously to heart" predicts that he is the one who had an affair with Hester. "Human frailty and sorrow" is foreshadowed because as soon as the townspeople hear about what he did, he will not be credible and become a hypocrite to the people for preaching to avoid sin, but committing it

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