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Hawthornes novel describes the life of an adulteress Hester Prynne who is shunned by her judgmental community She gave birth to her daughter Pearl out of wedlock while her partner of iniquityHawthorne 59 a minister named Arthur Dimmesdale never revealed his black secret of their affair Although Hester suffered public ridicule the minister suffered no immediate consequence However guilt has a way of killing a person silently In the end Dimmesdales black secret had a greater negative impact on him than Pearl who was the consequence of sin had on Hester This is because Dimmesdale chose to hide his sin from the church but Hester had no way to conceal her sin Dimmesdale watched Hester and Pearl take all the blame and ridicule for the lovers sins and he avoided his family in order to preserve his image Although Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale had numerous opportunities to confess the truth of his sin to his church he chose to hold the black secret inside himself On the other hand Hester Prynne could not hide the truth because Pearl and the scarlet letter A were open confessions of her sin Hester had committed adultery and she felt that God as a direct consequence of the sin had given her a child whose place was on that same dishonored bosom82 Pearl was sent from God as a reminder to Hester and the Puritan community of her sin each and every day However Hester chose not to tell who Pearls father was Pearl was the scarlet letter in another form the scarlet letter endowed with life88 Pearl and the scarlet letter were one in the same Both represented Hesters sin she carried with her day after day Both brought shame to her life 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 The embarrassment Hester felt could not have exceeded Dimmesdales guilty conscience He
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