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  • Hesters Sin
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    The virtue of truth and the evil of secret sin are clearly illustrated in the novel, The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The three main characters in this novel display their own honesty and sins. Hester Prynne exhibits the essence of truth and pride when she bravely faces the humiliation of the scaffold. In chapter 17, when Hester apologizes to Dimmesdale about concealing Chillingworth identity, she says, In all things else, I have striven to be true! Truth was the one virtue wh...
  • Great Example Of A Sin Of Hate
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    Sin and Humanity In most novels, old and new, a few general themes can be interpreted. The Scarlet Letter is a novel filled with many contrasting themes. The most prominent theme in the book is that of the many sides of sin. Through the book it is shown that sin is inescapable, un-confessed sin destroys souls, and that there can be different types of sin. Although there are many more themes in The Scarlet Letter, these are most prominent. When stripped to basics there are only two reasons for si...
  • 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...
  • Pearl And Hester
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    In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynne and her daughter Pearl are isolated from society; this is shown by where they live, the action from people toward Pearl and Pearl's reaction, and finally the response of the community toward Hester's scarlet letter. Hester and Pearl are isolated by living so far out as they do. Pearl shows signs that she is brought up without a friend in the world but her mother. The response toward Hester's scarlet letter from the town's people show how ...
  • Scarlet Letter By The Time Hester
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    The child, Pearl, is 'a blessing and as a reminder of her sin. ' As if the scarlet A were not enough punishment there 'was a brat of that hellish breed' which would remind Hester of what happened in the past. The 'brat' could have been given away to Governor Bellingham yet Hester proclaimed that Pearl 'is my happiness! ... Ye shall not take her! I will die first!' Not a person in Boston, nor Hester herself thought highly of the little child and Hester refused to let Pearl go. Hester carried the ...
  • Hester And Dimmesdale
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    The Scarlet Letter: Evil of Isolation In the New Testament it states that 'the wages of sin is death. ' Thought he penalty of sin in The Scarlet Letter is not a termination of life, the evil of isolation can be a physically, morally, and socially tortuous event in Puritan society. Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale, in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, are both victims of the cruel isolation from Puritan society on the basis of their sins. Hester wears her sin upon her breast where it stands as a...
  • 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...
  • Afraid Of Hester's Sin
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    The Scarlet Letter: Darkness Illuminated Since the conception of humanity, man has been fascinated with that presence which illuminates, yet cannot be touched. Mankind has brought it into his religions, giving it a great deal of importance in his creed. Following in the footsteps of his ancestors, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses light as a tool of God that illuminates the darkness of human iniquity and exposes its permanence. He studies the psychological theme of the impossibility of eradicating sin fr...
  • Arthur Dimmesdale And Roger Chillingworth Sins
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    Everyone has violated either moral or religious law at least once in his or her entire lifetime. On the outside, they might be 'looking pure as new-fallen snow; while their hearts are all speckled and spotted with iniquity of which they cannot rid themselves. ' (p. 116) Some walk secretly with this heavy sin in their heart, while others get shamed in public because their sin is displayed openly. Since these sins are all different, the consequences and the significance may also vary in importance...
  • 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...
  • Afraid Of Hester's Sin
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    Since the conception of humanity, man has been fascinated with that presence which illuminates, yet cannot be touched. Nathaniel Hawthorne uses light as a tool of God that illuminates and exposes the darkness of human iniquity not only to one's elf but to others as well. As the symbolism is quickly unfolded in chapter seven, Governor Bellingham's home is seen through Hester's eyes and light is reflected by almost every object in his extravagant dwelling, 'though partly muffled by a curtain, it w...
  • Hester's Roots Of Sin
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    Sin " Religion today is too often merely the worship of guilt, an obsession with sin and an exercise in the rubrics of repentance" (Every) 1. Such is the case of all sin, including the adultery of Hester Prynne, the main character in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. The novel takes place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1642-1649 during an era of strict religion under Puritan watch. Hester Prynne, one of such people living in the colony, is punished greatly for her sin, although she is not pu...
  • Lasting Effect Of Hesters Sin
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    The past always comes back to haunt us throughout our lives. Puritan society is highly based upon a persons reputation. Without an honorable reputation a person is not worthy of respect from others in their society. Characters in this novel go through their lives struggling with themselves trying to cope with the guilt and shame associated with their actions. In Nathaniel Hawthornes novel, The Scarlet Letter, he shows the lasting effect that sin has on Hester and Dimmesdale. Hester Prynne guilt ...
  • Sin Of Reverend Dimmesdale
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    Scarlet Letter- Results of Sin By: Alan Eugene Sims, Jr. There are many ways to interpret literature. Nathaniel Hawthorne is considered a very influential writer of the American Transcendentalist era; his writing deals a lot with the Puritan times, including his famous novel, The Scarlet Letter. The Scarlet Letter deals with the adulterous sin of Hester Prynne and Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, the vengeance of Roger Chillingsworth, and the townspeople's attitude towards Hester and her daughter Pea...
  • Dimmesdales Scarlet Letter On His Chest
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    The Letter and Human Frailty Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author of The Scarlet Letter, tells a tale of human frailty and sorrow through each and every character. When you first meet Hester Prynne, the main character, she seems quite innocent. Only guilty of not naming her lover. Yet she is treated like an evil demon by the Puritan community of the 1700's because she broke the seventh commandment The way they yelled at the very least, they should have put the brand of hot iron on Hester Prynne. (Haw...
  • 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...
  • Hester And Pearl
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    Hester Prynne was the adulteress in the book The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Before she was punished for her sin, she was light-minded and passionate, which led her into committing the sin that changed her life. However, Hester faced her punishment bravely and leaned a lesson from it. After she was released from prison, she lived an important life. Her good nature, ability, and perseverance, along with her motivations to raise her daughter Pearl, and the desire to make up for her sin ...
  • 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...
  • Lasting Effect Of Hester's Sin
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    In a Puritan society sin is not accepted. Their religion believes that once a sin is carried out by somebody that they can not receive forgiveness from their God. This caused the sinners of Puritan settlements many hardships; they had to deal with the shadow of their sin following them around for the rest of their life. Nathaniel Hawthorne utilized two of the main characters, Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale, to show that the lasting effect of sin is guilt. Hester Prynne's ignominy is the res...
  • Roles Of The Towns People And Hester
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    ThereHester's Letter Hester's Letter There are numerous characters in The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, that play noteworthy roles. The character that stands out the most is Hester Prynne. Hester changes significantly during the course of the novel. In the beginning of the novel she is conceived as an extreme sinner through the eyes of the Puritans; she has gone against Puritan ways, committing adultery (Chuck). For this irrevocably harsh sin, she must wear a symbol of shame for the re...

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