Sin Theme In Scarlet Letter

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The Scarlet Letter

As we think of sin, we think an act that violates god’s will. Sin in the Scarlet letter is more than just an act, its one of the main themes in the book. Hester, Chillingworth and Dimmesdale all committed sins that corrupted the puritan society. Sin for Hester made her independent, for Dimmesdale it civilizes him, and as for Chillingworth well he turns evil. The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Hester’s sin was adultery. Back in those times, sin was more punished whether by death or prison for life. Hester’s other punishment was to wear the scarlet letter on her chest for the rest of her life. The thing that I think hurt hester the most was that the town’s people didn’t accept pearl. They despised her because she was the actual sin that was created. In chapter 3 of the book she is forced to revesl the same of the man who impregnated her but she promised she will never say the name. Throughout the book Hester’s sin was not all that bad compared to those of
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Throughout the book he see’s how the guilt effects Hester but he can’t be exposed because he’s the town’s minister. When he finds out that Chillingworth is Hester’s husband, he really got scared. He’s dying spiritually because the guilt overcomes him. By the pressure of Chillingworth, his roommate, and just thinking of Hester just overthrew him. When he delivered his speech at the scaffold, he looked more healthier than ever before. I think its because he was finally going to escape chillingworth evil plan. When he confessed to the town’s people they were all in shock. The sin consumed him until he died.

All the sins were pretty bad back in the puritan days but I would have to say Hester’s was the worst. I know she didn’t mean to hurt anybody but I would say ots the worst because it started the whole drama about sins and who’s evil, and who not to trust. Chillingworth wouldn’t have become who he is if it wasn’t for Hestser and

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