Summary Of Sin In Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a novel featuring Hester Prynne, a woman in the 17th century who was sent to Boston by her husband. Waiting several months for her husband to sail from England to Boston, she believes that he had died at sea. This perceived loss leads her to have an affair with a man in Boston. She then gives birth to her lover 's child and, since no body of her husband was found, she is punished for adultery. She is made to wear a red “A” on her chest as punishment. The “A” is more than just a symbol of her crime, it’s a physical representation of her sin which isolates her from the rest of the town. The townspeople see her as less of a person.
The main characters of this book are Hester and Pearl Prynne, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth. Hester Prynne is a
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She always has to carry around her sin just like she must carry the letter on her chest. Her sin has isolated both her and her daughter from the rest of the town. Everyone in the town knows of her sin. The townspeople act as if they are better than her because of this sin. They feel like they are more godly people. However, if they truly were godly people, they would forgive Hester and accept her even though she had sinned before The children in the town even treat young Pearl badly because of Hester. They say her father is the devil and that she is hardly a human. Because of the sin of Hester they are both outcasts and must suffer from ridicule of the townspeople. However, even with all of this Hester still proves to them that she is more than just an adulteress with her amazing embroidery skills. She is the best seamstress in town so she is able to care for her child, even with all the negativity from the townspeople. She shows Pearl that anyone can triumph over the sins of their pasts even if other people are not as forgiving as

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