The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essays

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How does be true relate to the Scarlet Letter? Hawthorne portrays this idea many times throughout this book. For example, truth or the lack thereof can be linked to the conflicts such as secrets, marriages, and sins. “Speak; and give your child a father!” (Page 40; Chapter III) The secrets are who the father is and who Roger Chillingworth really is. “I am a stranger, and have been a wanderer…” (Page 36; Chapter III) Hester becomes a weak link in her marriage. “Yonder woman.. was the wife of a certain learned man… He sent his wife before him, remaining himself to look after some necessary affairs.” (Page 37; Chapter III) When she leaves Europe she is married to Roger and they are apart for 2 years. They are expected to meet again in the New Jerusalem and continue their life and marriage together. One sin is Hester’s affair with Dimmesdale. In the novel if characters would have been truthful, the plot would have been altered.
Secrets never make friends. Secrets do not help in life either. Where did secrets get Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth? Remaining true is infeasible while keeping secrets. Hester may have had a different sentence if she told who the adulterer was. The punishment may have been split in half between Hester and Dimmesdale. “‘Speak out the name! That and thy repentance, may avail to take the scarlet letter off thy breast.’” (Page 40; Chapter III) Wilson could be exaggerating, but overall the sentence would have changed if Hester had told the truth. As a…

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