Essay on John Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

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Extenuating circumstances are always evident when one is confronted with moral choices; however, individual ramifications are not the only scenario to consider. Hawthorne allowed for each person The Scarlet Letter to further explain their side of the sin and how they were afflicted by the outcomes of their mysterious secret in their daily lives. Hester and Dimmesdale generated an unthought out situation for their daughter, Pearl, that could have influenced her way of living for the rest of her life, but she turned the situation around and got an exceptional outcome. Hester and Dimmesdale’s sin was made evident through Pearl, but Hawthorne allowed for all three to find redemption: Hester was not ashamed; Dimmesdale confessed; and Pearl was redeemed. Even though Pearl could have symbolized the ramifications of selfish choices, she resembled the opportunity for redemption. Pearl could have symbolized the unexceptional decisions Hester made in order to deliver her into this world, however she helped encourage Hester to grasp redemption through the process of acceptance. When Hester Prynne woke up each morning she had to observe the individual that was a daily reminder of the scarlet letter on her chest. In the beginning, Pearl had no problem reminiscing on her mother’s poor decisions and she even made it clear to tell her, “the sunshine does not love you because it is afraid of something on your bosom” (Hawthorne 141). The scarlet letter “A” characterized Hester Prynne of…

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