What Is The Theme Of Sin In The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Sin is presented as a recurring theme throughout the novel, The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The plot focuses on the protagonists Hester Prynne and Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale’s sin of adultery within the Puritan community of Boston. This outrageous wrongdoing deeply upsets the Puritans. To serve her punishment, the community forces Hester to wear a “letter A” on her chest wherever she goes. Dimmesdale faces less of a public punishment but internally harms himself for the sin as well, feeling regretful about his past action. He is very well respected by his peers and is challenged throughout the book as to whether or not he should admit to his sin before people discover that he fathered Hester 's child, Peral. The book focuses on the lives of Hester and Dimmesdale after they commit their sin and how they deal living with the fact that they committed such an atrocious sin. Hawthorne fails to emphasize, however, that there is yet another major sinner in the book, Hester 's husband, Roger Chillingworth. Although he seems to be the affected victim in the affair …show more content…
His lack of regret could stem from the fact that as opposed to Hester, Chillingworth did not in any way have to face punishment for his sins. Dimmesdale has “deeply and sorely repented” (131) and “The scarlet letter burned] on Hester Prynne 's bosom.” (116) yet for Chillingworth, there is not punishment. Because of this Chillingworth seems to get away with his sin and nobody know what he is doing and it is easier for him morally to do because there is no peer pressure against him. "He betrayed me! He has done me worse wrong than I did him!" (121) Hester crys out. She is unable to get help because in the public eyes. Chillingworth is a hero as Dimmesdale 's doctor to the Bostonian people. Littler do they all know that the is doing the opposite of helping Dimmesdale and he is getting away with it

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