Redemption In The Scarlet Letter

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Demise is Easier Than Salvation Achieving salvation is not as easy as A, B, C or 1, 2, 3, as it requires a lot of tenacity, courage, and a genuine desire for redemption. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s explores the two different outcomes of sin—salvation and demise. Roger Chillingworth struggles with a revenge that consumes him, Arthur Dimmesdale deals with an overpowering amount of guilt, and Hester struggles daily with isolation and solitude, all of these a results of sin. Each of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s characters face the consequences of sins that could steer them towards their ultimate demise; however, the Scarlet Letter shows that even the most abhorrent sinners can receive salvation if they wish to receive it. Revenge gave purpose to Roger Chillingworth’s …show more content…
She was known to be a woman of loose morals and wickedness, but evolved into a woman people began to admire and respect. The scarlet letter that was intended to demean her and make her repent, in the long run gave her the strength to become a woman of great strength and selflessness. As the initial connotations of the scarlet letter began to fade, people launched conversation claiming, “The letter was the symbol of her calling. Such helpfulness was found in her—so much power to do and power to sympathize—that many people refused to interpret the scarlet “A” by its original signification. They said that it meant “Able”; so strong was Hester Prynne, with a woman’s strength.” (Hawthorne 158). This shows that even those who demonstrate immoral actions and exhibit corrupt ideas have the ability to be saved from their sin and grasp salvation. In fact by the end of the novel, Hester, has overcome her title of adulteress through her constant struggle against isolation and by being a servant to those in her community, resulting in salvation. In The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne uses an outcast sinner, Hester Prynne, to demonstrate that even those who seem to have committed the most heinous of sins have the ability to overcome demise through suffering and hard

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