The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

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Sin, to some, encompasses many wrong or vile actions. To others it 's limited to the most extreme of evils. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, many characters have different moral beliefs and standpoints of where the line of sin is drawn. The Scarlet Letter’s Dimmesdale is not sinless, as he has committed sinful acts even out of passion and protection. In the novel, Dimmesdale describes sin as concealment, hypocrisy, and adultery. He does so not through words themselves, but through his actions and reactions to these sins. In the Christian faith, committing adultery would break one of the ten commandments. Dimmesdale continually breaks them to hide his sin. In the beginning of the novel it is find out that the minister, Dimmesdale, sinned when he committed this act of adultery with Hester, a married woman. When Dimmesdale committed this sin he didn’t do it to sin, "But this had been a sin of passion, not of principle, nor even purpose" (Hawthorne 29). Even though many would argue Dimmesdale did sin one can always see how adultery is a sin. Though Dimmesdale sinned in an act of passion, it was still a sin. It is hard to understand the circumstances that led up to this event, in no instance could Dimmesdale rationalize his sin.
A reaction or feeling for doing something wrong would be guilt. This means Dimmesdale’s feeling of guilt was due to his sin. Though committed in passion Dimmesdale feels guilty for sinning in his act of adultery. Carpenter, an…

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