Essay on The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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The Scarlet Letter is written by Nathaniel Hawthorne and published in 1850. The Story has four major characters Hester Prynne, Pearl, Reverend Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth. Hester is sent to America from Amsterdam ahead of her husband who is tying up loose ends with his business. After he has not arrived after 2 years and is assumed lost at sea, Hester has an affair with the much loved and dedicated Reverend Dimmesdale. A child, Pearl, is born as a result of this affair. Hester is forced to wear the scarlet letter “A” embroidered on the bodice of her dress because she has committed adultery and refuses to name her accomplice, the Reverend Author Dimmesdale. On the day that Hester is to be shamed in front of the townspeople, her husband who is a physician appears in a disguise, and takes on the alias Roger Chillingworth. He swears Hester to secrecy regarding his identify. He begins to suspects that Dimmesdale is the father of Pearl. Chillingworth befriends Dimmesdale and begins tormenting him while pretending to investigate his illness. As the action unfolds in this novel, three major themes of this work emerge: the effects of sin and the possibility of redemption, hypocrisy, and human frailty.
The effects of sin and the possibility of redemption is a major theme in The Scarlet Letter. Hester’s sin is adultery. She openly atones for her sin by facing her punishment on the scaffold and being paraded through the town. She has to wear the scarlet letter “A” on the…

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