Sin In The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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A sin is portrayed as a shameful thing, or is it? Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter, is a fictional novel, published in 1850. In the seventh - century in Massachusetts, where the novel takes place, is in a deep rooted Puritan town of Salem. A new young mother to the community, Hester Prynne, has been punished among her Puritan community to be marked with a red letter A on her dress that carries shame and recognition along with it. Hester’s community demand to know who the father is of her child, but Hester keeps the secret despite that she is dehumanized, until the day comes after seven years that her lover can not bare with the guilt any longer, and lets the truth come out to the public. In the novel of Hawthorne’s work, The …show more content…
Hester has been shunned and has been punished with the A on her dress for her evil doings of adultery, rather than death, as stated in chapter 3 by a townsman, “ The penalty thereof is death. But in their grief mercy and tenderness of heart, they have doomed Mistress Prynne to stand only a space of three hours on the platform of the pillory, and then and thereafter, for the remainder of her natural life, to wear a mark of shame upon her blossom,” ( Hawthorne, 56). To be punished for a sin was a great importance in the seventh- century Puritan community. The Puritan community believed in the idea of faithfulness, integrity, and honesty. Religion was a huge part of the Puritans life, therefore, the church impacted the people of the community to have shared experiences with the Scriptures, and a community source of morality based upon their shared values as a whole. The sin of adultery puts a dark shadow onto Hester that makes her abandon her friends and society to live on the edge of town, isolated. The scarlet letter was a constant reminder of her crime and allowed people to recognize her and dehumanize her. " Heaven would show mercy," rejoined Hester, "hadst thou but the strength to take advantage of it,” ( Hawthorne, …show more content…
Hester went from being ashamed to go into public because of the letter upon her breast to honored and proud of the letter. " Be it sin or no," said Hester Prynne bitterly, as she still gazed after him, "I hate the man!” ( Hawthorne, 168). The letter showed how strong Hester was and allowed it to show that one shall never be undermined for the work they can accomplish because of one's believing about them, Hester was an amazing seamstress and was appreciated by some of the most looked upon people of the town, as in the Governor. Pearl was also a good outcome of the sin. Pearl provided Hester with stability and allowed for Hester to look passed all the negativeness and allowed for Hester to have someone. To interpret if a sin is bad or good is up to you, just remember anything can

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