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A critic Edward Wagenknecht explains that the scarlet letter upon Hesters breast in Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter had not done its office This means that the actions of the magistrates punishing Hester for her sin is like usurping Gods power and the scarlet letter keeps Hester from living a miserable guilty life such as the one led by Dimmesdale Hester openly shows her scarlet letter and the sin she commits and as a result this saves her from much grief and misery Dimmesdale on the other hand carries his sin which makes him sick and weak This is the idea surrounding Wagenknecht From Hawthornes point of view he feels that a sin should not be delt with like a crime When he states that The scarlet letter had not done its office160 Hawthorne shows that the magistrates did not effectively punish Hester Furthermore Hawthorne shows that the magistrates are arrogating Gods power Thus he feels that only God can effectively punish sin and that anything otherwise is sacrilegious The scarlet letter upon Hester does not chastise her but only prevents Hester from grievance and unhappiness Moreover Dimmesdale does not show any sign of sin to the public and this causes him to suffer with guilt Happy are you Hester that wear the scarlet letter openly upon your bosom Mine burns in secret 183 examplifies Dimmesdales misery and pain Furthermore Hawthorne shows how Hester becomes stronger as a result of the scarlet letter This strength is shown in the forest when the role of pastor and parishioner switches When Hester says Thou God punish Thou shalt forgive 178 she asks the forgiveness of God rather then man This displays punishment done by God is more austere then man Another example of man punishing sin is Roger Chillingworth He tries to handle Gods job of punishing the sinners into his own hands Revenge for Dimmesdale turns into the reason
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