Essay On The Hypocrisy In The Scarlet Letter

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For an attempt to purify a religious community of sin, the Puritans in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, have numerous faults due to their blindness of their own hypocrisy. Starting at the beginning of the text, women begin gossiping about Hester. The women talk about how Hester will cover her letter, how they wouldn’t take mercy on her as the magistrates have and how Reverend Dimmesdale,”her godly pastor, takes it very grievously to heart that such a scandal should have come upon his congregation” (Hawthorne 53). So because they also enjoy elaborate things, the children and virgin women do very un-Puritan like things, and how Dimmesdale himself is a hypocrite all show hypocrisy within the Puritan Society; however, children learn by how their parents act and what they do, so the Puritans within the text are following their…show more content…
From the congregation’s point of view, Dimmesdale is seen as “the saint on Earth” and that no sin is present within his pure and “white soul”; however, the truth is that he’s “vile,” he’s “the worst of the sinners” (149). In the Puritan community, lying and adultery are both viewed as a sin. Dimmesdale’s fear to confess his sin only makes the sin worse, making him a “viler companion of the vilest,” or, in other words, viler than Hester (149). Dimmesdale has a tremendous amount of guilt that he hides from the community, making him physically ill and for him to submit himself to torture. Though, his weak frame and sickly appearance only make his congregation think he is even more holy. The congregation accounts his ill visage to his “unreserved self-sacrifice to the labors and duties of the pastoral relation” (112). Yet behind closed doors, Dimmesdale would “[wield] the bloody scourge” and would hide his scarlet letter that he wore “imprinted in flesh” (268) from the public eye. The Puritan’s greatest sinner, is hidden behind lies and acts as the holiest and looked up to member in the
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