Hypocrisy In Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Scarlet letter is a Gothic Romantic novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1850. The novel is a historical fiction in a historical setting Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony, of the 17th Century depicting a story of a woman named Hester Prynne who gives birth to an illegitimate child and her punishment for her sin. According to the views of Nathaniel Hawthorne on the Puritan society, he portrayed hypocrisy of people, inflexible law of the Puritans and sin and redemption in The Scarlet Letter.
Hawthorne portrays hypocrisy in the Puritan society through various characters of The Scarlet Letter. Dimmesdale is the main representative of hypocrisy. Dimmesdale …show more content…
Hester Prynne after committing the sin of adulteress, she is imprisoned, humiliated and have to bear the punishment of shame on her life. Hawthorne also portrays the brutal punishment for the sinners as in a lazy servant or undutiful children given to the authority to deal with were whipped, showing the lawbreaker on the scaffold to the public as well as branding the forehead with a hot iron (Hawthorne, pg.48). Puritans believed that human life were predestined by the God and people are born sinner (original sin). The main purpose of their oppressive laws was to guide the behavior of mankind in all the situations. They also believed that a human after committing a sin their soul is damned, but it is in the hand of God when it came to salvation (Richardson, 2014). Then a private sin was always made a public issue. “She is my happiness! – She is my torture, none the less! Pearl punishes me too!” this line clearly shows about sin and salvation that Pearl is a reminder for Hester’s sin as well as a salvation. Hester accepted her punishment gracefully, Reverend Dimmesdale though he was also a sinner he did not accept his punishment, but later he confesses his sin and died thankfully that God will forgive him and Roger Chillingworth was also a great sinner but in the end he gives his little wealth in Old and New England to Pearl as a redemption for his