The Moral Wilderness Of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

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The Moral Wilderness “Sin”, exists as a noun originated in the 1800s, from the Latin word synn, Merriam-Webster defines it as “an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law”. The bible defines sin as an act through which a Christian can “lose his fellowship, joy, power, testimony, and reward, and incur the Father 's chastisement” (I Corinthians 3:11-17; Hebrews 12:5-11; I Corinthians 11:32-39). While Nathaniel Hawthorne defines it “as a state…[of]…alienation…[which] needs no fire and brimstone as consequence; it is in itself a hell”, (Buckner) through the plot of his 1850s, romantic fiction novel, The Scarlet Letter. In all practicality, sin is responsible for 4 types of alienation: from ourselves, from God, from nature, and from others. Hawthorne reveals through the three dimensional characters of Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth not only how the repercussions of their sin has resulted in their moral wilderness, but also how for one individual, resulted in a reluctant acceptance. Hawthorne initially introduces the reader to Hester Prynne with the assertion of “a third middle-aged matron” who believes ‘at the very least, they should have put the brand of a hot iron on Hester Prynne’s forehead” (Hawthorne 6), essentially setting the tone of the story, by positioning Hester under the public eye. As the novel progresses from the scaffold, Hester is forced to wear “the letter A, in scarlet, embroidered with gold-thread, upon her…

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