The Characters' Sinful Nature Depicted in The Scarlet Letter

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In the novel “The Scarlet Letter” sin is the underlying theme. We can see that throughout the story, as we come to meet each character and learn about them as well, each character has a sin that afflicts their reputation and life within the novel. The main characters that are portrayed as having the biggest sins are: Hester Prynne, Rodger Chillingworth, and Reverend Dimmsdale. As we the reader progress through the story, we see just how sin affects a person while living in a Puritan society. In the beginning of the story Hester Prynne is standing in public upon the scaffold, where people are sent to go stand for having committed sin. Upon Hester's chest a mark is seen, it is a scarlet “A”. We learn that the “A” stands for adulterer amongst the society. However, we can see that by being on the scaffold, Hester is being used as an example show people what happens as a result of sin, not only does moral decay of one's soul occur, but so does the public appearance and reputation of the person them selves occur. Throughout the next parts novel Hester is seen as being a prime examp...
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