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Hawthornes human nature Purity and evil is the duality that exists within human nature but who is to judge the degrees of good and bad that are present within human actions In Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter the author a rebellious Puritan sets before the reader the consequences of sin which later develop into a tragic love story Hester an adulterer matures into what the towns people interpret as Able or Angel Dimmesdale a highly respected minister revealed to be the partner of Hesters adultery is torn by his inner conflict of righteousness and humiliation The elfish child Pearl a product of love and sin is utilized as a symbol of truth that is inaccessible by man These characters represent the perfection and the faults within human characteristics As the story continues Hawthornes perspective on the Puritan society and the nature of man unfolds The ambiguity of good and evil embodied within each character strongly reflects Hawthornes philosophy of human nature and the iniquity of the Puritan society The ability that the scarlet letter bestows upon Hester is a reflection of Hawthornes valuation of Puritanism but the societys judgment upon Hesters sin is a representation of the corruption within religion Hester understanding her sin stands on the scaffold to endure her punishment with her scarlet letter A Because of her exclusion from society Hester develops independence ability and the sight of reality Hawthorne uses Hesters innate goodness as a reflector of the unfairness of a harsh society In the beginning of the story the narrator introduces the scarlet letter A which Hester is forced to wear as a symbol of her adultery The letter A is beautifully embroidered with red and gold which enables constant attention The narrator describes On the breast of her gown in fine red cloth surrounded with an elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold-thread appeared the letter A allowed by the sumptuary regulations of the colony Narrator P
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