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  • Hester's Punishment For Her Sin
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    In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, there are many moral and social themes which are demonstrated throughout the novel. Each theme is very important to the overall effect of the novel. In essence, The Scarlet Letter is a story of sin, punishment and the importance of truth. One theme which plays a big role in The Scarlet Letter is that of sin and its effects. Throughout the novel there were many sins committed by various characters. The effects of these sins are different in each charac...
  • Guilt Of His Sin
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    People everywhere, no matter how holy or evil, tend to conceal their sins and dark secrets. These sins, which many hide, eventually eat away at their conscience, building up guilt and bitterness. In The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, a man died with hidden secrets, which he never revealed. People should confess their wrongdoing before time passes away and causes on to regret not revealing their sin. All sins have its consequences and will eventually be exposed. Dimmesdale admits that hi...
  • Dimmesdale's Acceptance Of Hester's Advice
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    An Explanation of the Basis for the Detrimental Effect of Hester's Advice on Dimmesdale After committing the sin of adultery, Dimmesdale's physical and mental condition begins to deteriorate. When Hester asks him to run away from the situation they are in, he begins the final descent to his demise. Initially, the idea lifts his spirits. Eventually he feels compelled to confess when he realizes that the act of fleeing demonstrates his own moral weakness and compounds of his sins. Hester's advice ...
  • Arthur Dimmesdales Sin
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    Hawthorn shows sins of several different kinds in numerous people, as well as the consequences and remedies of their sins. Three main characters; Hester Prynne, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chilling worth bare the most of these sins. Arthur Dimmesdale, however, bares the most brutal effects of such sin. This is due to several reasons. The most observable reason for his eventual breakdown is the fact that he keeps his sin a secret. Arthur Dimmesdales sin was the same as Hesters, except h...
  • Hester's Sin
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    Summary The True Sinners The main characters, Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, Roger Chillingworth, and the Puritan society represented by the townspeople, all sinned. The story is a study of the effects of sin on the hearts and minds of Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth. Sin strengthens Hester, humanizes Dimmesdale, and turns Chillingworth into the villain. Hester Prynne's sin was adultery. This sin was regarded very seriously by the Puritans, and was often punished by death. Hester's puni...
  • Evil And Sinful Acts
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    Power of Sin In "The Scarlet Letter" Nathaniel Hawthorne presents three main characters that commit evil and sinful acts, where each act is at a different degree of sinfulness. These three sinners (in the eyes of the Puritan community) are: the beautiful Hester Prynne, the esteemed Reverend Dimmesdale, and the cold-hearted doctor Roger Chillingworth. Hawthorn believes that evil is the nature of man but that there are different magnitudes of evil- some choose to fight it, like Hester, and some ch...
  • Sin Of Hester Pryne And Arthur Dimmesdale
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    The Affects of Sin on the Individual in The Scarlet Letter In the novel, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, there is a reoccurring theme of the affects of sin on man. The three main characters, Hester Pryne, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingsworth, are all affected by the sin of Hester Pryne and Arthur Dimmesdale. Hester Pryne is strengthened by the sin, Arthur Dimmesdale is weakened by it, and Roger Chillingsworth becomes evil because of it. The protagonist, Hester Prynne is, in ess...
  • Reverend Dimmesdale And Roger Chilingworth
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    In his criticism of The Scarlet Letter, Harry Levin discusses the severity of the sins that are committed by Hester Prynne, Reverend Dimmesdale, and Roger Chilingworth. Although all three main characters have sinned in the novel, the ruthlessness of their sins is easily identifiable. Harry Levin takes it upon himself to 'rank'; the three sinners in The Scarlet Letter based upon their sins, and the circumstances that surround them. The least severe sinner is Hester Prynne, followed by Reverend Di...
  • Hester's Sin
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    The Scarlet Letter According to the New England Primer, a basic textbook used during Puritan times, in Adam's fall, "we sinned all". This quote very much applies to Nathaniel Hawthorne's characters in The Scarlet Letter. The main characters, Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, Roger Chillingworth, and the Puritan society represented by the townspeople, all sinned. This story is a study of the effects of sin on the hearts and minds of Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth. Sin strengthens Hester, h...
  • Dimmesdale's Interpretation Of His Sin
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    A Comparison and Contrast In Both A's Worn By Hester and Dimmesdale The two A's worn in the novel by both Hester and Dimmesdale are dramatically different, yet they are born and made by the same identical sins. These letters are also differentiated by the infinitely changing emotional state and physical well being of the character, the towns views of morality and natural order, and the affecting environment. The two sins of most importance in the novel and that serve the greatest in the appearan...
  • Chillingsworth's Identity From Dimmesdale
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    'To be fully human is to balance the heart, the mind, and the spirit. ' ; One could suggest the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, that one should not violate the sanctity of the human heart. Hester was well ahead of her time, and believed that love was more important than living in a lie. Dimmesdale's theology and his inclinations render him almost incapable of action; Chillingsworth dammed himself, along with Dimmesdale. Hester was 'frank with [Chillingsworth]. ' ; Hester's real ...
  • Sin Hester
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    Sin is the main theme in The Scarlet Letter. All of the characters in the book are somehow affected by the sin of adultery. The three main characters are the most widely affected, and their whole lives are molded by the way they deal with the sin. The sin surrounds, encloses, and strangles them. There is no escaping from its harsh consequences. For Chillingworth, the terrible wrongdoing molds his whole personality in its likeness. For Dimmesdale, it totally deteriorates him both physically and m...
  • Strong Dimmesdale
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    Character Analysis of Arthur Dimmesdale in 'The Scarlet Letter' The Scarlet Letter is a story of characters that have to live and deal with the effects of sin in different ways. Of these characters, the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale is the character portrayed as the most weak and un noble. Despite this portrayal Dimmesdale was a stronger character than given credit for. His unbelievable amount of control in his way of handling his burdens displays his great sense of strength and intellect. We first...
  • John Proctor And Minister Dimmesdale
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    John Proctor was a main character in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible". He was a farmer in Salem, Massachusetts in the 1600's. He was put to death when he would not admit to practicing witchcraft. Minister Dimmesdale was a main character in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter". He fathered a child out of wedlock in a sinful relationship, and fell to his death when he couldn't take the guilt any longer. John Proctor and Minister Dimmesdale had several things in common, but also had several dif...
  • Potential Of Dimmesdale And Puritan Society
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    In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne utilizes imagery to convey that Dimmesdale can represent Puritan Society rather than the round character that can be seen on the surface level. This is seen through the imagery and symbolism of hypocrisy, Dimmesdale as a Christ figure, and the scarlet letter. First of all, Hawthorne parallels the hypocrisy of Dimmesdale to that of Puritan society. Hawthorne describes Dimmesdale as, "a viler companion of the vilest, the worst of sinners", even though Dim...
  • Link Between Hester And Dimmesdale
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    CHARACTERS ROGER CHILLINGWORTH - In chapters ten through twelve, Roger Chillingworth's devilish ways and soul match his hideous and horrible physique. He projects his evil nature and is at his peak of revenge towards the reverend Arthur Dimmesdale. He satisfies his sinful yearnings to diminish Dimmesdale physically and emotionally by drowning him in his own sin. ARTHUR DIMMESDALE - It is obvious that reverend Arthur Dimmesdale begins to suffocate maintaining his secret sin. Besides him punishing...
  • Hester's Punishment With Dimmesdale's Words
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    Sin is defined in the dictionary as a transgression against God. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author analyzes sin. The Scarlet Letter is a gloomy novel, but is effective in explaining the beliefs of older Americans and the taboos of older society. He details the adultery of Hester Prynne, who has a baby with Arthur Dimmesdale, an unmarried pastor. Hester's husband Roger Chillingworth, a physician, figures out that Dimmesdale is the father and subtly tortures him for years. I...
  • Arthur Dimmesdale In The Scarlet Letter
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    Arthur Dimmesdale In The Scarlet Letter, Arthur Dimmesdale was a greatly respected reverend in Boston. Although he was unmarried, he was guilty of sleeping with a young English woman named Hester Prynne. Hester was originally from Amsterdam, where she and her husband lived for a few years. Her husband, Roger Chilling worth sent her to the colonies and told her that he would soon join her. Dimmesdale's greatest sin was not committing adultery; however, it was his refusal to confess to the public ...
  • Hester's Sin
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    Sin is defined in Webster's New World Dictionary as, "any offense, fault, or the willful breaking of religious or moral law". We are all prone to some kind of sin, it is something that can't be avoided. In the book The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the greatest sinner could be viewed as being Reverend Dimmesdale. Hester Prynne's sin was a sin of passion. It was openly acknowledged as she wore a scarlet "A" on her chest for the rest of her life. However, Hester did not commit the greates...
  • Scarlet Letter And The Sin
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    Sin is defined in Webster's New World Dictionary as, ? any offense, fault, or the willful breaking of religious or moral law.? Mankind is prone to some degree of sin: it is a barrier that can not be avoided. But it is a question as to what mankind can do in order to achieve redemption from sinister ways, and also how to redeem. However great a sin may seem, it can only augment itself by the perpetrator not owning up and taking responsibility for it. In the book The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Ha...

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