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People live with lies every day Everyone from the President of the United States to the poorest beggar in New York City has told a lie White lies gray lies and plain old dirty fat lies are strewn forth every day like water from a fountain The only true difference between them is the amount of guilt they place on the liar If they feel guilt then they suffer greatly throughout their lives from lots of small indiscretions or just once large one The majority of the people in this world have the ability to alleviate their guilt through some kind of penance but for some that is not enough Anything they do can not repeal the feeling of guilt and the knowledge they did something wrong People like this make themselves sick with worry and regret and they often die of their disease depression Those people who do manage to drop their guilt become productive members of society again because they have reconnected with the rest of the human race They dont deny their guilt or their crimes they just acknowledge there are some things they cannot change they can just try to make up for them In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne the decision of the characters to either admit or hide the truth determines the quality of their lives While Hester Pryne admits her sins and resolves them over time through her charity work Arthur Dimmsdale bottles up his sins and even though he physically tortures himself cannot resolve his great misdeeds The first character to choose a path is Hester Pryne While she did have a child when she hadnt seen her husband in over a year a dead giveaway she could have easily fled the colony before the birth She instead stayed and faced her peers and in that way she admitted her sin To flee would have led her along a completely different path one of denial
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