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The virtue of truth and the evil of secret sin are clearly illustrated in the novel The Scarlet Letter written by Nathaniel Hawthorne The three main characters in this novel display their own honesty and sinsHester Prynne exhibits the essence of truth and pride when she bravely faces the humiliation of the scaffold In chapter 17 when Hester apologizes to Dimmesdale about concealing Chillingworths identity she says In all things else I have striven to be true Truth was the one virtue which I might have held and did hold fast through all extremityA lie is never good even though death threaten on the other side pg 202 It is Hesters pride which sustains her from the beginning of the novel to the end when she dies still sporting the scarlet A on her bosom Hesters sin is the sin which gives the book its title and around which the action of the book resolves Adultery which was prohibited by the Seventh Amendment was usually punished by death A woman in the crowd stated At the very least they should have put the brand of a hot iron on Hester Prynnes forheadShe may cover it the scarlet letter with a brooch or such like heathenish adornment and so walk the streets as brave as ever pg 53 Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale shows truth by his occupation People living in Boston Massachusetts looked up to and respected Dimmesdale because he was a minister One of his sins was his inability to publicly acknowledge that he committed adultery with Hester and that he is the father of Pearl Hesters daughter However adultery was not his biggest sin His biggest sin is hypocrisy In chapter ten he speaks of the concealment of his sins he says It may be that they are kept silent by the very constistution of their nature Or-can we not suppose it-guilty as they may be retaining nevertheless a zeal for Gods glory and mans
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