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The Scarlet Letter: The Response to Sin - We are all sinners. Although one may try hard not to sin, all humans eventually succumb at some time or another to sin. While people may not able to avoid the fate which awaits them, the power of free will allows people to decide how they will respond to sin. While some may respond with guilt and regret, others may react with a sense of redemption and a renewed sense of responsibility. Nathanial Hawthorne, an American author during the 19th century witnessed the power of sin to wreak havoc not only to an individual but a whole community....   [tags: Theme of Sin in The Scarlet Letter ]
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A Perception of Sin: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter - Through out the course of history, those who were considered sinners were often out casted from the society. This is much the case with Hester Prynne in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. After a public trial, Hester is considered a sinner due to her birthing of a so called “devil child”. Hester is convicted to the life long bearing of a scarlet letter on her chest. The Scarlet Letter that Hester Prynne wears symbolizes the change in perception of sin through out the novel. Due to the revelations of the governor Winthrop and the reverend Dimmesdale, the way sin is perceived changes from one of shame to the idea that every one is a sinner in their own right....   [tags: sin, religion, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Scarlet Letter] 878 words
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The Scaffold of Sin in The Scarlet Letter - The Scaffold of Sin in The Scarlet Letter     "This scaffold constituted a portion of a penal machine . . . . The very ideal of ignominy was embodied and made manifest in this contrivance of wood and iron" (Hawthorne 62-63). A scaffold's effect on the novel can be seen through an examination of the first, second, and third scaffold scenes.  These sections mark the beginning, middle, and end of the novel. The novel The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is constructed around a scaffold, which provides the story with a constant reminder of sin....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Sin in The Scarlet Letter - Sin in The Scarlet Letter Since the dawn of time people have read, studied and enjoyed books in which the hero or heroes fall from grace. No matter who those heroes are- the human race in The Bible,the demon prince Lestat in Anne Rice's "Vampire Chronicles"or a certain Thane of Cawdor in "Macbeth"- sin plays a greatpart in all of their downfalls and subsequent ressurections.And the three main characters in Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter"-Dimmesdale, Chillingsworth, and Hester Prynne- are no different....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 552 words
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The Scarlet Letter: An Analysis of Puritanism and Sin - The Scarlet Letter: An Analysis of Puritanism and Sin The Scarlet Letter is a modern classic of American literature written about controversy and published with controversy. The main topic of the book, adultery, is written in a dark and sad way, as Hawthorne describes injustice, fate or predetermination and conscience ( Van Doren, 1998) . No other American novel of the time has such a controversial theme as Hawthorne's, The Scarlet Letter. The setting of Nathanial Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is the seventeenth century Puritan New England....   [tags: Scarlet Letter Hawthorne] 2187 words
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Sin of the Flesh in The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a highly acclaimed work which centerpiece is the focus on the effects of sin in Puritan society. Hawthorne carried a heavy burden of truth hidden within the Puritan code, which has in turn created frenzy for his book since its publication in 1850. The age-old tale is of Hester Prynne a married woman in Boston, who is charged with adultery with an unknown partner. As punishment Hester must adorn a Scarlet A symbolizing her sin and shaping her existence....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter Essays] 1214 words
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The Effects of Sin in Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter - Sin has been present since the beginning of time and will forever remain. As each era has passed, people have had different views on how sin should be recognized and punished. In the Puritan times, sin was usually punishable by death. Therefore, some sins were purposefully hidden. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale becomes a victim to his own concealed sin. Dimmesdale is a partner in adultery with Hester Prynne, the wearer of the scarlet letter. He is living a lie, and it is tearing his guilty soul apart....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter Essays]
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The Nature of Sin in The Scarlet Letter - Sin is defined as a transgression of a religious or moral law especially when deliberate. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne one of the main points in the book is relating to sin and how it can affect people. Hawthorne uses several methods to convey the nature of sin through his characters and symbolism in The Scarlet Letter. The scarlet A on the chest of Hester Prynne and Hester herself represent known sin. She commits adultery and is caught. The A is her punishment as well as a reminder to her about sinning....   [tags: adultery, guilt, curse] 658 words
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The Scarlet Letter - Impact of Sin on Dimmmesdale, Chillingworth and Hester - The Scarlet Letter - Impact of Sin on Dimmmesdale, Chillingworth and Hester    Charles Haddon Spurgeon, a seventeenth century Baptist preacher, commented that, "Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of." An individual either faces their actions or runs from them, and Gothic Romance authors often write about the evil that emerges in people when they conceal their sins. Throughout the novel The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne demonstrates this idea through the actions of his three main characters, Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Perspectives on Sin in The Scarlet Letter - A sin that is so immoral that mingles with the unadulterated mindset of others is perhaps the worst sinner of them all. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s book The Scarlet Letter, should committing the act of adultery with a higher order of the church, be punishable by sinful deeds. But how do you punish someone who has committed adultery. Is the implications of her punishment so impaling that it has ruined her life and the others inflicted. Although Hester may be a sinner and a great one at that, she is not the worst sinner and she has actually benefited from her sins as a person, mindset, and family....   [tags: Society, Morality] 888 words
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Analysis of Sin in The Scarlet Letter - “He that falls into sin is a man; that grieves at it, is a saint; that boasteth of it, is a devil” (Thomas Fuller). Every human being who has lived has sinned. As such, sin cannot be judged or punished merely for the act. Rather, other considerations should be taken into account. Sin is a universal concept of imperfect behavior independent of religious affiliation and is practiced universally. The range of acts and thoughts covered by sin is vast; Hawthorne critically explores the strict, inflexible Puritanical approach to sin and its implication for individuals and society....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, book analysis, Dimmesdale]
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Essay on The Consequences of Sin in The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter: The Consequences of Sin It can be concluded that the consequences of sin is the theme of Nathaniel Hawthorne's, The Scarlet Letter. Hawthorne explored this theme by four distinctive levels of sin. Although each level was equally displayed throughout the novel, the communal sin of man's inhumanity to man outranked all else. The primary characters are each guilty of one or more of the following levels of sin; the sin of vengeance, the sin of hypocrisy, and the sin of adultery....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 848 words
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The Power of Secret Sin in The Scarlet Letter - The Power of Secret Sin in The Scarlet Letter   One of the main themes in The Scarlet Letter is that of the secret.  The plot of the book is centered on Hester Prynne’s secret sin of adultery.  Nathaniel Hawthorne draws striking parallelism between secrets held and the physical and mental states of those who hold them.  The Scarlet Letter demonstrates that a secret or feeling kept within slowly engulfs and destroys the soul such as Dimmesdale’s sin of hypocrisy and Chillingworth’s sin of vengeance, while a secret made public, such as Prynne’s adultery, can allow a soul to recover and even strengthen....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 1518 words
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Hawthorne's Hierarchy of Sin in The Scarlet Letter - Hawthorne's Hierarchy of Sin in The Scarlet Letter        Throughout the novel The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne focuses on the struggle of Hester Prynne, a woman who is forced to deal with the strict Puritan punishment for the adulterous birth of her child, Pearl.  Yet, the very Puritan values that bring Hester public ignominy help to lift her to a position of respect in the community.  Although Hawthorne does not condone Hester's sin, he takes pains to show that her sin is minimal in comparison to those of her weak lover, Arthur Dimmesdale, and of her vengeful husband, Roger Chillingworth....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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The Scarlet Letter Psychology of Sin - The Psychology of Puritanism contained many stands of fundamental obligations. Although the puritans openly acknowledged natural human desires, they had a strongly held belief in moderation in all things. They did recognise the need for intimacy and this idea is proclaimed in Hawthorn's novel `The Scarlet Letter'. Puritans quite often explained the significance of a halite and intestinal mind. Some Puritans, like those in the novel, which depicts the lives of `Massachusetton' puritan, were rooted to the belief in compulsory uniformity....   [tags: American Literature] 1225 words
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The Scarlet Letter: One Sin: Two Consequences - A sin is defined as any act regarded as a transgression, especially a willful or deliberate violation of some religious or moral principle. In The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale were forced to face the realities and hardships of committing a mortal sin in the eyes of a predominately Puritan society. Seven years after moving to America alone, Hester assumed her husband, Roger Chillingworth, to be dead and had moved on with the town minister—Dimmesdale....   [tags: Classic American Literature]
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Sin in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter -      Nathaniel Hawthorne's bold novel, The Scarlet Letter, revolves around sin and punishment.  The main characters of the novel sharply contrast each other in the way they react to the sin that has been committed             Dimmesdale's instantaneous response to the sin is to lie.  He stands before Hester and the rest of the town and proceeds to give a moving speech about how it would be in her and the father's best interest for her to reveal the father's name (67).  Though he never actually says that he is not the other parent, he implies it by talking of the father in third person (67).  Such as, "If thou feelest it to be for thy soul's peace, and that thy earthly punishment will the...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Free Essay on Nathaniel Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter - Impact of Sin - Impact of Sin 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. There are many themes to this story, the main one being you can't just ignore your sins and hold them inside of you. Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale committed adultery, but when his mistress, Hester Prynne, became pregnant he remained quiet. Hester was punished for this sin in more than one way. She had to wear a scarlet letter A upon her chest which was nothing compared to the shunning by all of the town and constant sermons directed towards her....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 362 words
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Nathaniel Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter - Effects of Sin Upon Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale - The Effects of Sin Upon Dimmesdale in The Scarlet Letter 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 Chillingworth 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....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 839 words
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The Scarlet Letter: Tales Of Sin And Confession - The Scarlet Letter: Tales of Sin and Confession “The happiness of the wicked passes away like a torrent!” This quote from Jean Baptiste Racin summarizes The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne in one sentence. The novel’s main focus is on three main characters and how the sins they commit affect their lives in the strict Puritan town of Boston around the year 1642. Hawthorne was very knowledgeable of his Puritan ancestry and shows it by incorporating some important thoughts and traditions into this story about sin and confession....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Exploring the Sin in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne’s ancestor is John Hathorne, the “hanging judge” of the Salem witch trials. He and his family were deeply troubled by this fact, so they changed the spelling of their last name from Hathorne to Hawthorne. Nathaniel couldn’t stand the cruelty of his Puritan ancestors. These ancestors contribute a small inspiration for the writing of this book. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a romance between two sinners. This book is centered on keeping sin a secret like Dimmesdale, where it mentally and physically hurt him, therefore, Hester had a better, easier life after her sin was revealed....   [tags: literary analysis, analytical essays] 962 words
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Essay on The Greater Sin in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Greater Sin in The Scarlet Letter   In essence, there were three main sins committed in The Scarlet Letter, the sins of Hester, the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth. Roger Chillingworth committed the greatest sin because he let himself be ruled by hatred and the consuming desire for vengeance.  The overpowering vengeance and hatred felt by Chillingworth caused his life to be centered on demeaning Dimmesdale and tormenting him until the end of time.  Both Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale committed sins for which they were deeply remorseful, Roger Chillingworth, however, committed the greater sin because he felt no guilt.  Unknowingly, Hester Prynne sailed from...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 787 words
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Resolution of Sin in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Resolution of Sin in The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynne is a young, beautiful woman who was sent to Boston by her husband who planned to join her but was persumed lost at sea. She looked to Arthur Dimmesdale for comfort and spiritual guidance. Their solace became passion and resulted in the sin of adultery and the birth of their daughter, Pearl. This sin had a huge impact on them and changed their lives forever. It is what the book The Scarlet Letter is all about and how different the characters dealt with it....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 549 words
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The Power of Sin in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Power of Sin in The Scarlet Letter Sin is a part of everyday life. Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel, The Scarlet Letter, revolves around the theme of sin and the effects it has on the mind, body, and soul. A sin was committed by three of the main characters in the novel and throughout the novel Hawthorne tries to point out that sin, no matter how trivial or how substantial, is still sin. There have been debates on exactly who is the biggest sinner, but in Hawthorne's case, I think he believes that the sins were equal and throughout the novel he develops each of them, trying to get the reader to understand is reasoning....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter Essays] 933 words
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The Power of Sin in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Power of Sin in The Scarlet Letter Sin is the main theme in the Scarlet Letter. All of the characters in the book were somehow affected by the main sin, which was adultery. The three main characters were the most widely affected, and their whole lives were molded by the way they dealt with the sin. The sin surrounds, encloses, and strangles them. There was no escaping from its harsh consequences. Hester Prynne's sin was as an adulteress, and the result of this was that she had to wear the scarlet letter "A." She feels that her sin has taken away everything she had, and given her one thing in return; her baby....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 858 words
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The Implicat of Sin in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Implicat of Sin in The Scarlet Letter Sin is the transgression of a moral code designated by either society or the transgressor. The Puritans of Boston in the novel, The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, establish a rigid moral code by which to purge their society of deviants. As this society is inherently theocratic, the beliefs and restrictions established by religion are not only incorporated into law but constitute all law. In this manner, the moral code of the Puritan society thoroughly pervades the lives of its individuals, and any presence of iniquity is felt in all aspects of their lives....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 816 words
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Liberation from Sin through Pearl in The Scarlet Letter - Liberation from Sin through Pearl in The Scarlet Letter            'This child ... hath come from the hand of God, to work in many ways upon her heart ... It was meant for a blessing, for the one blessing of her life. It was meant, doubtless ... for a retribution too; a torture to be felt at many an unthought-of moment; a pang, as sting, an ever-recurring agony, in the midst of a troubled joy!" (Hawthorne 105) This, as Arthur Dimmesdale almost prophetically expresses in the early scenes of Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, was the role of Pearl, the elfish child borne of his and Hester Prynne's guilty passion....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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The Sin of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter Is the exposed sin of one worse than the hidden sin of another. In the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Hester Prynne is forced by the small puritan community in the 1600’s to wear a scarlet letter A, standing for adulterous. Her husband had sent her to the New World before him, because he had to settle affairs. When he finally arrives two years later Hester has a newborn daughter named Pearl, who cannot be his child. Her husband under the pseudo name Roger Chillingworth vows to find Hester’s lover, who the readers later find out to be Arthur Dimmesdale, the town religious leader....   [tags: Book Analysis, Character Progression]
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The Sin of Hypocrisy in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Sin of Hypocrisy in The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is about the trials and tribulations of Hester Prynne, a woman living in colonial Boston.  Found guilty of adultery,  Hester's punishment is to wear a visible symbol of her sin: the scarlet letter "A."  Through the book, the reader comes to know Hester, the adulteress; Dimmesdale, the holy man Hester had the affair with; and Chillingworth, the estranged husband of Hester who is out for revenge.  The Scarlet Letter examines the interaction of these characters and the reaction of these characters to Hester's sin.  However, the greater sin that Hawthorne deals with in The Scarlet Letter is hypo...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Sin, Alienation, and Love in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter: The Themes of Sin, Alienation, and Love The Puritans, a religious group in New England in the early 1600’s, interpreted the Bible form a fundamentalist perspective and strove to attain a sinless society. Of course, people are human and sins are inevitable so the Puritans sinned and their perfect society was never achieved. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter develops the themes of sin, alienation, and love to provide valuable insights into the traditional beliefs of the Puritans and provide valuable and timeless moral insigts....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 960 words
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The Benefits of Sin Revealed in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Benefits of Sin Revealed in The Scarlet Letter       According to Nathaniel Hawthorne in The Scarlet Letter, each of us is born with "original sin" we have inherited from the misdeeds of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. As Eve bit hungrily into the apple from the Tree of Knowledge, starving for wisdom, little did she know that the entire human race would thereafter be tainted by her "sin." Hawthorne and many others believe that ever since, human beings have been inclined to evil, more likely to disobey than to act in a godly manner....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Sin, Isolation, and Reunion in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter: Sin, Isolation, and Reunion Nathaniel Hawthorne uses setting, plot, and the characters to develop the theme of Sin, Isolation, and Reunion in his novel, The Scarlet Letter. In this novel Hawthorne uses the scaffold along with other places in the setting to develop this theme. He develops the plot by making one character torment or act as the conscience of another to develop the climax and the resolution. The characters help develop this theme by tormenting other characters and never letting them forget about the sin they committed which then drives them further into isolation....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter Essays] 961 words
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The Effects of Sin in The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter is a study of the effects of sin on the hearts and minds of Hester, Dimmesdale and Chillingworth. Examine The Scarlet Letter in light of this statement. In your assignment you should consider: 1 The historical, political and cultural significance of Puritanism in America 2 Hawthorne’s links with the Puritans 3 Methods through which Hawthorne presents the theme of sin and its effects of the main characters in The Scarlet Letter 4 The views of other readers and critics of The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne’s unforgettable tale of ‘The Scarlet Letter’ takes place in the Puritan village of Boston, Massachusetts during the first half of the 17th century....   [tags: English Literature] 2841 words
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Sin In The Scarlet Letter - 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....   [tags: essays research papers] 620 words
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The Psychological Effects of Sin in The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne - In the novel ,The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author portrays the psychological effect of sin on Reverand Dimmesdale through internal torture and through Roger Chillingworth in him becoming a fiend. Roger becomes entangled in this idea of punishment and the discovery of the fiend who took his wife, while Dimmesdale becomes so sickened with guilt he begins to hurt himself. Throughout the novel Chillingworth slowly starts to develop into this fiend like character. His physical form begins to change over time....   [tags: punishment, revenge, guilt] 555 words
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Sin in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - ... No matter of whether of love or hate; no matter whether of right or wrong. Thou and thine, Hester Prynne, belong to me. My home is where thou art, and where he is. But betray me not!” Further in the book he determines that Reverend Dimmesdale is the father of Pearl. And he confronts Hester about it. Again, he tells her that she needs to keep this secret as well. At this point no one else knows who the father of Pearl is other than the Reverend, Hester and Chillingworth. The second reason why Chillingworth is the greatest sinner is that he wants to exact some sort of revenge on the man who impregnated his wife....   [tags: dimmesdale, sinner, roger chillingworth] 804 words
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How the Characters of the Scarlet Letter Represent Sin - How the Characters of the Scarlet Letter Represent Sin Lexico Publishing Dictionary at Dictionary.com defines sin as; 1. A transgression of a religious or moral law, especially when deliberate, and 2. Something regarded as being shameful, deplorable, or utterly wrong. These who definitions cleary represent the sin in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, through the characters Hester Prynne, her daughter Pearl, Dimmesdale the father, and Chillingworth, Hester's husband. Hester Prynne, the wearer of the famous scarlet letter that gave the novel it's name, is the story's source of the unforgivable sin that tears through the community of Boston in the 1600's....   [tags: English Literature Essays] 761 words
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Free College Essays - The Results of Sin in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter -  Inevitable Results of Sin 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 Pearl.  Sin can be categorized many ways, but most importantly, one should remember that bad things always develop from sin.  The fact that Hester and the minister sinned led to the townspeople looking down...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 429 words
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Sin in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Scarlet Letter                Sin The Scarlet Letter is a novel that deals with the theme of sin. Throughout history, people have committed all types of sins, and whether they are major or minor, people have been punished. However, the severity of a punishment is very difficult to agree on. Some people feel that sinners should be deeply punished no matter how little the wrongdoing was. Others feel that a person's punishment should be based upon the severity of their crime. However, what many people overlook is the fact that in time, we all have committed sins....   [tags: free essay writer] 768 words
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Free College Essays - Tolerance of Sin in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter   Tolerance of Sin The Scarlet Letter       There are changes occurring in our society constantly, in many different ways. We witness these changes through religion, politics, and family. In the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, a Puritan woman named Hester Prynne is sentenced and ridiculed for committing the sin of adultery.  The situation with Hester in this novel is not relevant to today’s society because of the acceptance and tolerance of sin in contrast to the Puritan times....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 688 words
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Free College Essays - Hidden Sin in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter: Hidden Sin People often keep secrets in an effort to hide their sins from others. This is a risky since secrets have a way of manifesting themselves externally, and thus, letting everyone know of their owner’s sins. Hidden sin is a prominent theme in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter. Names like Chillingworth and Dimmesdale let the reader know how, in reality, these characters are, before ever really encountering them. Characters whom the reader will encounter in this novel are going through some type of dilemma on the inside, which begins to show itself in the exterior of the particular individual....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 1259 words
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An Unnatural Family as the Punishment for Sin in Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter - In an introductory paragraph to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s works, Perkins and Perkins say that “Hawthorne elevated some of the darkest events of the colonial period and transformed them into universal themes and questions”(Perkins 433). One of these themes is that of the penalty of sin. In Romans 6:23, Paul says that “the wages of sin is death” and Hawthorne seems to share this view, or at least some version of it. This view is prevalent in his novel The Scarlet Letter. In it, the penalty for Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale’s sin is a family that is disfigured and unnatural....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Ethics]
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Perspectives on Learning From Sin: Proctor from the Crucible, and Hester from The Scarlet Letter - Sin is like the sun. Even when sin is not visible the transgression still there. This analogy in the form of a simile shows how sin can harm people. The sun has bad long term effects on people much like the way sin can destroy peoples lives and ruin the sinners reputation. Sin is thought of as evil or erroneous. It brings shame and disgrace to the sinner. Once a person sins that person is considered to be ruined. The horrendous wrongdoing that the individual has committed are not erasable. The sinner is thought of as less a person and are thought of as bad.Sin is thought of as being terrible and is treated as a heinous crime....   [tags: sin, the crucible]
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Sin and Punishment in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - In the novel The Scarlet Letter the predominant themes are sin and punishment. The opening scene showed Hester Prynne standing on a scaffold, clutching her baby, and displaying the scarlet letter A on her chest. Hester committed the sin of adultery, and her daughter Pearl is a product of that sin. Pearl is a living, physical representation of the crime that Hester committed. Hawthorne uses Pearl as one of the most essential characters for relaying themes in the novel. In the beginning she symbolizes the sin of her mother, as she grows she represents the honesty that the adults lack, and in the closing scene she symbolizes redemption....   [tags: Coming Clean, Witch Behavior]
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Evil and Sin in Nathabiel Hawthrone´s The Scarlet Letter - In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, The Scarlet Letter many aspects of evil and sin are reflected through the characters Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth. Dimmesdale and Chillingworth made their own choice of being a sinner and being evil. Therefore, that is what Hawthorne believed to be the definition of evil and sin; an individual chooses to do an action that is considered sinful. Although Dimmesdale and Chillingworth both resemble evil and sin they portray it in two completely different forms....   [tags: action, confess, secret, public] 765 words
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The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne - ... She did not try to hide her letter or make the letter small, rather she embraced her sin and made it beautiful. Hawthorne illustrates the impact the letter had on the townspeople by saying, “Both men and women who had been familiarly acquainted with Hester Prynne, were now impressed as if they beheld her for the first time- was that Scarlet Letter, so fantastically embroidered and illuminated upon her bosom. It had the effect of a spell, taking her out of the ordinary relations with humanity and enclosing her in a sphere by herself.” (51)....   [tags: sin, redemption, literary analysis] 837 words
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The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne - “But this had been a sin of passion, not of principle, nor even purpose.”(174). According to the legal statutes and the prevailing sentiment of keeping in accordance with a strict interpretation of the Bible, adultery is a capital sin that requires the execution of both adulterer and adulteress. The Scarlet Letter contains little glee and hopefulness. It is densely constructed in the dark with a single spot of vivid color. The theme of private sin versus public morality in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter creates internal conflict Hester Prynne and Reverend Dimmesdale with the reflection of the imagination....   [tags: Private Sin, Public Morality] 997 words
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