The Many Sinners

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“So watch yourself! ‘If another believer sins, rebuke that person; then if there is repentance, forgive. Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks for forgiveness, you must forgive.’” (Luke 17:3-4). Forgiveness is a beautiful gift that can save oneself from a life filled with regret and sorrow. If this forgiveness would have been incorporated into the society of the novel, The Scarlet Letter, sins would not have played such a major role in society and in each character’s life. In this intriguing novel about an adulterer, Hester Prynne, the characters begin to almost be defined by their sins. In The Scarlet Letter, written by the nineteenth century author, Nathaniel Hawthorne, lots of characters are often portrayed and interpreted by their sins and their regretted mistakes. The main character, Hester Pyrnne, is interpreted by her profound sin: adultery. Hester’s husband, Chillingworth, is displayed in a bad light because he is a fraud and lies to society. The town’s minister, Dimmesdale, is perceived by readers to be a selfish man, who won’t confess his sins. Hester, Chillingworth, and Dimmesdale are all illustrated in many different aspects throughout this novel. But the loudest and boldest characteristics these characters have are the qualities that represent their sins. Hester Prynne, the profound adulterer, is interpreted by her sin and becomes known for her sin. Not only is Hester’s sin apparent to herself and God, but it is apparent to everyone else due to her punishment of wearing a red scarlet letter across her breast. Hawthorne makes it apparent that Pyrnne’s label across her bosom separates her from the regular crowd and makes people look at her as an outsider. “When strangers l... ... middle of paper ... ...ts to prevent him from greatness and begins to take control of his being. Dimmesdale’s sin began to become the definition of himself and his journey through his exsistance. This is likewise for lots of other characters throughout the novel, such as Hester and Chillingworth. In the novel, The Scarlet Letter, written by the famous author Nathaniel Hawthorne, many characters are represented by their sins and mishaps. Throughout this book, Hawthorne demonstrated that someone's mistakes can dictate their life and can be so powerful as to kill them. He uses Hester, Chillingworth, Dimmesdale, and many other characters to prove his point thoroughly. Dimmesdale’s aftermath of his sin was definitely the worse of the three, ending in a sad, tragic death. Dimmesdale’s antipathy towards himself caused him not to live, and is a great example why, we should all learn to forgive.
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