One Puritan says, speaking of Hester's sin, "Reverend Master Dimmesdale, her godly pastor, takes it very grievously to heart that such a scandal have come upon his congregation" (38). Immediately, Dimmesdale is shown to the readers as not only concealing his sin, but also being hypocritical in his condemnation of a sin that he himself has also committed. On the very same page, Hawthorne speaks of the "dismal severity of the Puritanic code of law" (38). From the beginning of The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne uses dismal, a dark and evil ... ... middle of paper ... ... thing that frees one of evil and shame is revealing his sin. Hawthorne foreshadows the death and demise of Dimmesdale from the beginning of the book by keeping him cast in a dark shadow with an aching heart.
Public humiliation supposedly enforces people’s behaviors to change but does shame really influence people to change? Most people have their different opinions on public humiliation but either way Hester is a victim of this cruel well-known Puritan punishment. On the other hand, as a result of Reverend Dimmesdale withholding his sin, a hard-hitting sickness secretly hits the reverend. The scarlet letter located on Hester’s chest is a constant reminder of her wrong decision. In the novel The Scarlet Letter, author Nathaniel Hawthorne expresses the effects of sin in many ways, including public humiliation, Hester and the scarlet letter and Dimmesdale’s sickness.
[INTRO] Chillingworth is the worst sinner because he committed blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, an unforgivable sin. In a town full of Puritan believers, three sinners arose: Hester Prynne, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth (Prynne). The three all defied the Puritan God, and lived to face their consequences. Hester and Dimmesdale’s sins were closely tied, but Chillingworth 's was of a vastly different nature. Hester 's sin was adultery, as she had cheated on her husband Chillingworth.
Sin seems to be an inevitable factor in their lives; though they are good people, their sin boils up and nearly destroys them. Do they make a conscious choice to sin? Or does their sin simply take control, as it is bound to do in all human beings? Perhaps this leads to a greater question of fate and free will, but in the end, the one thing they can really change in their lives is the way they deal with sin, how they attempt to atone for it - and whether they view the affair they had as sinful in the first place. Puritan society in the Massachusetts Bay Colony was a system based on religion.
Available: http://wwww.theatlantic.com/unbound/classrev/scarlet.html Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter. New York: St. Martins, 1991. Loring, G. B. (1850).
Although, one could argue that all are present our main characters focus on wrath, pride, lust, sloth, and envy. In retrospect, all of the main characters are atrocious sinners, but one of them continues to let their sin consume them. “But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the Lord: and be sure your sin will find you out” (The Bible, Numbers 32:23 KJV). Adultery is a sin that considered to be immoral by most religions. Puritans believed in the sanctity of marriage, to them adultery was an act punishable by death and some were executed for this sin.
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. In The Scarlet Letter, the idea of sin and punishment is the main theme of the novel and how Hester Prynne, the main character, has been punished for her sin of adultery. As Nathaniel Hawthorne states in this novel, "In the view of Infinite Purity, we are sinners all alike." This statement puts a big question mark on the true lives of the Puritans.
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 on Hester and Pearl, while Reverend Dimmesdale concealed his crime of passion making Hester's scarlet letter 'A' the central symbol of the novel.
Hester was betrayed, tricked and allowed herself to become caught up in the evil desires of another. She then allowed herself to be trapped by sin, cau... ... middle of paper ... ...me year as a result of this. Roger Chillingworth's sin was the greatest committed because it ruled his life even until his death. Comparing between the sins of Hester Prynne, the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth, the reader can easily establish that Roger Chillingworth committed the greatest sin. He did this by being ruled by hatred and the feeling of vengeance.
Nathaniel Hawthorne depicts Arthur Dimmesdale as a hypocrite which is one of the primary reasons he is viewed as a consequential sinner in the novel. The reverend has an affair with Hester Prynne before the novel begins, ultimately causing her to have a daughter. The act of committing adultery is a sin according to the bible. It is such a sizable sin that it is even included in the commandments where it states that “thou shalt not commit adultery.” Since Dimmesdale preaches to people that transgressing the bible is bad, the fact that he committed one of the most sizable sins makes his wrongdoing