Essay on The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

1064 Words Dec 14th, 2015 5 Pages
It is of importance to know that in life people commit sins that are deemed unforgivable by society’s standards. However, it is not the sin that determines the way the person lives their life, instead it is the way that they go about handling the situation that surrounds them. In Nathaniel Hawthorne 's, The Scarlet Letter, a young woman named, Hester Prynne, committed adultery which stunned the pious community of Boston, MA. Arthur Dimmesdale, the idolized pastor of the church, was the secret lover of Hester Prynne, and the father of her girl child, Pearl. The difference that lies between the two, is the fact that Hester’s consequences were received publicly, whilst Dimmesdale’s was done in private. Hester was doomed to bear a scarlet A upon her chest for the rest of her living life. Dimmesdale, on the other hand, consumed his sin and stored it within himself until his conscience forced him physically mark himself. Comparatively, both Hester and Dimmesdale went through a great deal of hardships due to their sin.
Within the puritan society, sin is used as a weapon to humiliate and mentally torture the person at fault. In the beginning of the book, Hester Prynne ascends from the prison where she is being held for her “crime”. The scarlet “A” is placed rightfully upon her bosom and the entire town gazes on at her as she stand atop the scaffold. The book stated that “She perchance underwent an agony from every footstep of those that thronged to see her, as if her heart had been…

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