Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter Essay

705 Words Oct 1st, 2015 3 Pages
It may seem easier and more beneficial to keep your sins and secrets locked away. However, in the end, the truth will set you free. Nathaniel Hawthorne focuses on this theme throughout his novel, The Scarlet Letter. He portrays this theme by the use of descriptive narrative and symbolism. Multiple characters within this novel have a difficult time confessing their sins. The sins remain a secret and are locked away inside of them. Ultimately, Hawthorne conveys an ambiguous message to the readers that salvation may be earned only by being true to your beliefs and that eventually your sins will eat you alive if you don’t confess them.
Salvation isn’t something easily earned, therefore when a chance comes you should take it. In this case Hester did not confess her sin out of her own will, her sin was something that couldn’t be hidden. However, because of the guilt she felt she openly took any punishment that came her way. One of the many punishments she received seemed to be “on the breast of her gown, in fine red cloth, surrounded with an elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold thread, [which] appeared the letter A” (Hawthorne 35). The letter A symbolizes Hester’s suffering both externally and internally. Externally, she has to deal with the judgement she receives from the scarlet letter. Internally, Hester has to battle with the mixed feelings she has for her daughter. Pearl is another one of Hester’s punishments however, this one was given to her by God.…

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