The Scarlet Letter By William Shakespeare Essay

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The Scarlet Letter provides a thought provoking insight into the world of the Puritans back during the 17th century. The novel emphasizes the importance of original sin and the presence of evil in the lives of the Puritans, especially the three main characters. Hester Prynne can be described as a strong-willed, independent woman who is put to shame due to her sinful actions with the town 's minister. Arthur Dimmesdale is the town 's minister who preaches about purity and distinguishing all evil through confession of one 's sins, yet he is unable to follow his own preaching. Roger Chillingworth is a piece from Hester 's past, who comes back into her life, seeking revenge on the one with whom she has mutually sinned. These three characters allow this one incident to mold them into a different person and slowly they lose who they really are. While Hester and Dimmesdale display evidence of indeed being the villain themselves, Chillingworth 's commitment towards revenge causes him to destroy who he really is and eventually turns him into the main villain of the novel. Hester Prynne 's consequences of committing adultery may result in her being seen as a victim of the townspeople 's cruel judgment, but in reality her betrayal to her husband who was thought to be lost at sea can prove her to be a villain. "Such an interview, perhaps, would have been more terrible than even to meet him as she now did, with the hot, midday sun burning down upon her face, and lighting up its shame;…

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