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    “Confession of errors is like a broom which sweeps away dirt and leaves the surface brighter and cleaner,” exhorted Mahatma Gandhi. Most agree Dimmsdale should have confessed his sin with Hester, but some protest not confessing his sins saved Hester and him. Dimmsdale should have confessed his sin with Hester for three reasons: for his soul, for his mistress, and for his God. The first reason Dimmsdale should have confessed his sin with Hester concerns his soul. If Dimmsdale continued to secretly contain the truth, the pain of guilt would wretch his heart forever. Also, Dimmsdale desired to endure the painful and humiliating punishment with Hester. Consequently, Dimmsdale knew in his mind that not professing his sin appalled all sense of…

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    Confession is fundamental in our Christian faith. Through confession, our sin is revealed and we are able to stand in front God and our brothers as a new person as our sin has been confessed and washed away by the blood of Jesus Christ. Confession is a blessing from God. It is one of the opportunities God gives to the Christians to break “into the darkness and seclusion of the heart”(p112). Although confession exposes wickedness, it helps one to have better relationship with God. Confession is…

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    because Pearl was unable to answer how she was created. While the magistrates and Hester are conversing, Hester cries, “‘God gave me the child’ cried she, … ‘she is my happiness! Pearl keeps me here in life…. I will not giver her up!’”(Hawthorne 109). Hester’s commitment to Pearl is because of her role in the story to show love and passion for her child. Pearl is what makes her happy but also is a living reminder her of her sin. Hester also has the role of having the ability to defy Puritan…

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    that Hawthorne wrote her in with greater intention than just a means for the people to find out about Hester’s pregnancy. Pearl was put into the story to show readers that wonderful things can come from situations viewed as evil or sinful. Starting from the very beginning of Pearl we have her birth. The mere presence of this child is an “act against god” because Hester committed adultery when she slept with another man who was not her husband. Then later in the book Pearl is often described as…

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    with a great deal of responsibility. The choices that we make in life may result in disaster. If there would be no possible result for disaster toward human freedom, human choice would not be free. We must focus on following in God’s footsteps and rules, being the ten commandments. If we do not abide by this that is when sin comes into play. Disbelief or untruthfulness towards God can result in sin. Another way to look at sin is when people fail to achieve the intentions God may had for them. An…

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    Duality In Scarlet Letter

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    Hawthorne’s romantic novel, The Scarlet Letter, revolves around the themes of sin and concealment. In this novel, the protagonist Hester bears the scarlet letter, a reminder of her sin in society. However, governor Dimmesdale hides his sin, eventually causing a sense of internal conflict that manifests him. After struggling with his sin, the governor repents, causing both Hester and him to become one with their sins. Throughout The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne uses dualities to reveal that society…

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    Although the Carpenter does not eat as many oysters than the Walrus, as Tweedledee points out to Alice, I placed him at the lowest end of the axis because of what he eats. While the other characters on this list are either addicted to food or drugs, the Carpenter eats an excess of living creatures, mixing murder into his gluttony. While eating oysters is hardly seen as a sin, the oysters in this poem can walk, talk, and communicate with the Carpenter and the Walrus, giving the Carpenter’s and…

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    As Marinelli describes, sin has a fundamental root and different components that can have an effect on the human’s relationship with God. “Sin is often described as a failure to love, or a failure to choose what one knows to be the best course of action” (Marinelli 39). The Christian perspective of sin is reflected through the Hebrew Scriptures as failure to place God above everything else. An example of sin through the Hebrew Scriptures comes from the story of Adam and Eve in the book of…

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    1. What is sin? Sin is a consequence of human choice. There is personal sin and social sin. According to Fischer and Hart, the biblical definition of sin is the “destruction of our capacity for relatedness and the subsequent need for reconciliation” (Pg. 124). There is also original sin and “sin of the world”, which is the universal influence of sin. Sin can take the form of infidelity, racism, envy and others. Mostly, sin is the denial of love that we should have for ourselves, others, and…

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    Catholic Moral Teaching

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    Regardless of the intention (good or evil) for performing an evil action, it does not change the fact that a person is still responsible for that action-taking place. Although this is a bleak view on how the Church appraises an action, it insists on this teaching so its people can fully understand that an action is only good when a morally good outcome is the result of a good intention. By achieving a deeper connection with God’s divinity, an adherence to Catholic moral teaching aids in the…

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