The Views of Hawthorne on Puritanism Nathaniel Hawthorne's knowledge of Puritanism and his close relationship with the religion has impacted his views on those in the society. Hawthorne is critical of the Puritans and he thinks that they are hypocrites for having rules and morals that they do not follow. He sees the underlying sin that others may not. Through his many writings he makes known to his readers that everyone is guilty of sin. The Puritan's main goal was to save themselves from the sin in the world, but Nathaniel Hawthorne portrays their morals and society as troublesome through his works, "Young Goodman Brown," "The Minister's Black Veil," and The Scarlet Letter.
These affairs are often discovered because Puritans so strongly believe in... ... middle of paper ... ...s sin secret and continue to be seen as a perfect sinless Puritan. The Puritans sin in attempt to clear their sin, which just contributes to deeper disobedience to God. The Puritans might have had rules that made them seem superior to other societies, but they were not any better than anyone else. They are similar to the U.S. today, in having their systems, the way their society is supposed to work, and their culture, the way it actually works. The systems and the cultures should be the same, which is what would make the Puritans, or the United States be the perfect society.
Yet, most readers are able to distinguish the hypocrisy in the Puritan’s society. Some have even argued that Hawthorne’s stories were a way of him “commenting on the hypocrisy of the Puritan society in the treatment and handling of sinners” (Sterling). They “hated and feared anything private”; thus, they treated sinners as a lesson to show everyone what happens when they sin (Baym). However, when it came to seeing the sins of their beloved leaders, they would turn a blind eye. Therefore, showing that the Puritans were biased and not fulfilling their roles as respectable Christians with which John Winthrop described in “A Model of Christian
Hester Prynne, through the eyes of the Puritans, is an extreme sinner. She has gone against the Puritan ways by committing Adultery. The Puritans believed that Hester was a lost soul that could only be saved by sincere and thorough repentance. For this irrevocably harsh sin, she must wear a symbol of shame for the rest of her life. From the beginning, we see that Hester Prynne is a young and beautiful woman who has bought a child into the world with an unknown father.
The puritans, any willingness to take part in sex on the part of husband and wife, `Denies all realer in wedlock into Human necessity; and it sends it for supply into Bestiality,' Any engagement onside the marriage sexually, was looked upon badly as New England especially reported numerous episodes of adultery and fornication. Perhaps Dimmesdale on the novel, tired to avoid the obvious punishment of jail or even the humiliation of whipping, disentrancing, fies and a ported betrothal to Hester. Hester certainly bore the brunt of her sin, by wearing a scarlet `A' on her breast. She had clearly committed the sin, as the evidence was visible. He, however had no markings of adultery so in the eyes of society, he hadn't committed a sin.
Because when one is caught up in sin, but not willing to change, they are in direct rebellion to God and a danger to the church. This rule of the church not only applies to homosexuality, but to all sin. So those who smugly think homosexuality is a horrible sin worse than that of greed or spreading false rumors or being drunk, better think again. God has not changed nor has his response to all sin. No more, no less, he despises it, but desperately wants to help those who want his help: those who admit their sin and want to stop.
Dimmesdale is shown as being a secret sinner throughout the novel, but with the evil torturing that he receives from Chillingworth and himself it drives him to the point where he then becomes a public sinner. It is better for an individual to confess their sin than to bury it deep down. Dimmesdale, a Puritan minister, has had an affair (which he chose to do) with Chillingworth’s wife and he can’t come to the point where he can confess his sin to the public. Therefore, he is a secret sinner. By being this secret sinner Dimmesdale begins to physically and mentally break down.
However, it was a considerably bad sin: adultery. Even if the option, which wasn't presented to the reader, that her and Arthur Dimmesdale (her adulterer) were in love, it wouldn't have mattered because she would've felt bad anyway (Even though she didn't love her husband) the same thing would have come from it: complete and utter misery for everyone involved in the sin. This was because she denied HER emotions and went with whatever she thought God wanted her to do. Another example of denial blocking one similar definition of truth is Arthur Dimmesdale. He denied his past to have a better future.
Although Hawthrone did not actually participate in the Puritan period, he still felt guilty about what his ancestors did. He was angered by the hypocrisy of the church who condemned sins, yet committed them and was also angered by the government. This becomes apparent to the reader throughout the course of the novel. In fact, The Scarlet Letter was a way for Hawthrone to vent his frustrations with the institutions. Brief Summary of the Novel The Scarlet Letter is a novel revolving around a woman who committed the sin of adultery in a small Puritan town in seventeenth-century Boston.
The theme of private sin versus public morality in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter creates internal conflict Hester Prynne and Reverend Dimmesdale with the reflection of the imagination. Puritanism ,as a word, is not only placed objectively, as Hawthorne did , but subjectively as well. Not in the judgment of harsh prejudice of his characters, or in the obtrusion of a moral lesson, but in the very quality of his own vision , in the tone of his imagery, in a coldness and exclusiveness of treatment. The puritan community is ruled through a strict theocracy. The Puritans believed that following the exact teachings of God made them great and superior.