William Shakespeare 's The Scarlett Letter Essay

818 Words Sep 29th, 2015 4 Pages
Holier Than Thou From the time of King David and Bathsheba to Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky affairs have been some of the most popular scandals in history. Most common of the ones we hear of come from well-known names and reputations. Likewise in Hawthorne’s The Scarlett Letter discovering Hester Prynne’s “partner in crime” was the minister Dimmesdale evidenced Hawthorne’s obvious disagreement with the Puritan’s during this time period. Dimmesdale represents the hypocrisy in organized religion, while the townspeople of Salem in the story represent a biased society created as a result of a mix between the church and government. Throughout history the men or women placed high in society and of exceptional moral standard are often found to be the most corrupt. For example, in today’s society some of the most successful pastor’s use tax exemptions granted by the government for personal gain (Tribune 1). In the novel The Scarlett Letter, Hawthorne uses Dimmesdale as a symbol for the corruption of organized religion, most specifically the Puritan’s. The young pastor exhibits hidden sin and demonstrates that people put in the highest positions are often the one’s with the most “skeletons in the closet”. In the book, readers learn that Hester rarely attends Dimmesdale’s church. The reason for this is revealed in the line, “If she entered a church trusting to share the Sabbath smile of the Universal Father, it was often her mishap to find herself the text of the discourse”…

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