To begin, Hester Prynne relates to the theme through her act of adultery. After having admitted to her fault but refusing to say that the town clergyman Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale committed the adultery with her and instead keeping it in secret to protect him, Hester is forced to wear a scarlet letter “A” for the entirety of her life as a reminder of her sin. Her secret comes to represent her destruction through her never-ending guilt and public scrutiny. For example, a young townswoman comments on the scarlet letter, “Ah, but…let her cover the mark as she will, the pang of it will be always be in her heart” (Hawthorne 47). By saying this, the woman is noting the fact that though Hester may try to hide the incident, the guilt of her ways will forever
be embedded in her mind as will to the “A” she adorns...
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...at even well-meaning secrets and deceptions can lead to destruction, because of Roger’s choice to hide behind a fake name and lie in order to destroy those that had wronged him. This ultimately corrupted his once pure soul, turning him into the human equivalent of the devil, and later taking his life.
Throughout the entirety of The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s dynamic characters come to represent the theme that even well-meaning secrets and deceptions can lead to destruction. The lies and secrecy the characters formulated become unraveled - Solitude, Loneliness, Fear, Desperation, Guilt, and Vengeance, becoming the tumultuous children of their ways. The simple, small, scarlet “A” that Hester comes to adorn on her bosom as punishment
comes to represent their wrongdoings and forever commemorates the sins that can corrupt even the purest of hearts.
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