Sin In The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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In today 's world most people focus on their future and don’t let their past define them. There’s a saying that 's goes, “your past is done, so forget it; your future is yet to come, so dream it.” People learn from their past in order to learn from their mistakes. They know that they can fix them and become better people. It wasn 't always like that, in the book The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne the main character Hester realizes that even though she did she committed a sin in her past the Puritan community sees that sin as one of the worst sins you can commit and will never forget what she has done. In the book Hester has a child with a man who is not her husband, which is frowned upon, therefore the Puritan community does …show more content…
Everyone in town talks about her and think she won’t be a good Mother for her daughter Pearl. Hester tries her hardest to wear her letter proudly and not let them get to her. During the story Hester is thinking that God gave her Pearl as a gift and thinks to herself, “Man had marked this woman 's sin by a scarlet letter, which had such potent and disastrous efficacy that no human sympathy could reach her, save it were sinful like herself.” That the scarlet letter represents a sin and it has “potent” and “disastrous efficacy” suggests that no one feels bad for Hester, it 's her fault she committed this sin. Another part in the beginning where Hester is only seen for her sin is when Hester and Pearl got to the Governor 's mansion, Pearl see’s Hester in knight gear and says, "I see you here. Look! Look!"... "The Scarlet letter was represented in exaggerated and gigantic proportions." The fact that the Scarlet letter is being shown in "Exaggerated and gigantic proportions" suggests that the Scarlet letter is the bigger thing. People see Hester for the sin she has committed and that 's it. No one thinks of her as a person, the only thing they think is the scarlet letter and how she 's such a bad person for what she did. Hawthorne is trying to illustrate that even though we see Hester as a good person when she 's caring for pearl since she 's trying to give her the best and make her life as good as it can be, the town ignores that and will never see her for more than the sin she 's

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