The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

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In the book “The Scarlet Letter “ Nathaniel Hawthorne the meaning of the letter A changes throughout the novel. This change is significant as it indicates the personal growth of the characters. Living in a small community around the same people all the time can change people’s opinions about each other, and in this case someone wearing the letter “A” now has to deal with everyone 's opinion about them all at once. When the novel begins, the letter A represents sin that is committing adultery and shows how guilt is a form of everlasting punishment through symbolism and character development.

Every character in this point has committed some type of sin or felt guilty in some way. Since this book is based off religious beliefs yes Hester did commit adultery but the people around her that were judging her were committing sin just as much as her. There is no sin that out ways more than the other, a sin is a sin. “Here, she said to herself, had been the scene of her guilt, and here should be the scene of her earthly punishment; and so, perchance, the torture of her daily shame would at length purge her soul, and work out another purity than that which she had lost; more saint-like, because the result of martyrdom.” Hester knows that she has committed sin and she has learned from her mistakes and hopes that others can forgive and move on as well. In any religion it’s a sin to judge any other person because it’s not a person 's place to judge. Hester is the one making herself…

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