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Nathan Miller 121703 Secret Sin Any sane mind searches for internal justification for its blunders Even the smallest sin can feel like a tremendous burden One of the failures of the Puritan society was that their rigid and strict lifestyles forced their citizens to expurgate their real feelings and emotions In contrast citizens in a less repressed society expose their inner devils and as a result can move on with their lives In Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter The character Dimmesdale is an example of a person who conceals his sin Every day his spirit comes closer to a rotten corpse Hester because she openly displays her sin is made spiritually stronger Hawthornes theme of secret sin rationalizes why trespasses kept secret weakens the perpetrator while publicly confessed strengthen him Hester who publicly admits her sin is made stronger and wiser because she does not have to live under false pretense and she is allowed to explore the true meaning of life unrestricted by social law In total contrast to Hester Dimmesdale is plagued with regret for his sin because he chooses to disguise his real soul Sins are done perpetually but because the sinner confesses her sin she is able to live her life in truth Hester Dimmesdales fellow perpetrator is forced to show her transgressions Ironically her soul is made purer instead of plagued because her sin is known by her peers The citizens of the town protect her moral sanity because they relieved her subconscious mind by forcing her to tell her sin It is a relief to her that she doesnt have to hold such a monstrous misdeed in hiding In the woods Dimmesdale becomes aware of her spiritual strength and begs be strong for me Her strength of character allows Dimmesdale a shoulder to lean on Hester is rewarded with internal strength because of the burdens she carries She no longer is accepted publicly by the people of society as
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