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Sin of Adultery in Hawthorne's The Scarlett Letter

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The Scarlet Letter, a novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, shows the adverse consequences caused by adultery between Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale and Hester Prynne. Dimmesdale and Hester committed the supreme sin of the Puritan society they belong. They must both deal with the effects of the scarlet letter. Pearl, the daughter of the two lovers, continuously punishes Hester for what she has done. Dimmesdale can only see Hester and Pearl when others will not find out or see. Hester finds a way to support herself and daughter, and at the same time, puts a mark on the possessions of some who are a part of society. The sin of adultery created repercussions that were shared and individually experienced by Reverend Dimmesdale and Hester Prynne.

The scarlet letter is worn by Hester as a repercussion of her adulterous sin to make known her crime of passion throughout the whole story. Hester has the choice to leave town and would no longer have to wear the scarlet letter. ?On the outskirts of the town, within the verge of the peninsula, but not in close vicinity to any other habitation, there was a small thatched cottage? (71). The cottage is Hester?s home. Hester feels by staying, she is not letting society control her and acknowledging what she has done. Hester?s action of staying in town shows her strong, self-determined spirit. Hester refuses to deny the sin because it defines who she is.

Hester decides to live alone as a repercussion of the sin she committed When Hester makes the decision to not go away she has to find a way to support herself. Knowing the town will not help her, Hester turns to needlework to help support herself and daughter, Pearl. The things she makes are very beautiful and delicately done. The families that held...

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...e type of what has seared his inmost heart! Stand any here that question God's judgment on a sinner! Behold! Behold, a dreadful witness of it!? (232-233)

Everyone now knew and just as soon as he revealed the sin, the sin killed him while up on the scaffold.

When Hester and Dimmesdale had an affair, they never knew how much it would affect the rest of their lives, thus their one sin defined their very existence. Hester proves to be a very strong and able person through all the triumphs she faces. She remains a great mother even when Pearl reminds her of what she has done. Dimmesdale continues to see Hester and Pearl, but only when no one else will find out. Dimmesdale can not handle the guilt he keeps inside for seven years and it brings him to his death. Hester and Dimmesdale both commit the sin of adultery, but the sin empowers Hester and kills Dimmesdale.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the scarlet letter shows the adverse consequences caused by adultery between reverend arthur dimmesdale and hester prynne.
  • Analyzes how the scarlet letter is worn by hester as a repercussion of her adulterous sin to make known her crime of passion throughout the story.
  • Analyzes how hester decides to live alone as a repercussion of the sin she committed. she turns to needlework to help support herself and daughter, pearl.
  • Analyzes how pearl is a constant repercussion of the adultery hester took part in.
  • Analyzes how dimmesdale longs to see hester and pearl, but as a repercussion of his sin, he can not publicly interact with them.
  • Analyzes how a strange, sad man is he, with his hand always over his heart, in the dark nighttime.
  • Analyzes how dimmesdale, despite his feelings for hester and pearl, acts like a stranger to them for the fear of the town finding out the truth.
  • Analyzes how dimmesdale keeps his part in the twisted affair a secret. by keeping this secret, guilt and pain consume him, and he cannot take the excruciating downward pull of sin.
  • Analyzes how hester's scarlet letter is only the shadow of what he bears on his breast.
  • Analyzes how hester and dimmesdale's one sin, adultery, defined their existence, and how the sin empowered him and killed him.
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