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In The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynne the Reverend Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth find themselves in the guise of isolation guilt and bitter evil these being their faults The inner purpose of the story deals with the way in which these characters deal with their faults and how their faults are directly linked to violating the sanctity of the human heart by falling to social conform By denying the passion that the heart naturally releases and suppressing feelings actions and thoughts in fear of social rule these characters fall If an emotion is deliberately conformed from the truth in order to hide an imperfection by that action it will not be fully conveyed Leaving out the truth creates a margin of error in communication No matter how meager in size that margin is it creates gaps which can later become canyons These canyons carry affect to all that try to cross a lie can wound anyone whether they are involved directly or simply watching Roger Chillingworth begins a chain of self-denying which soon travels to the other characters He is an old and lonely scholar in England dehumanized by a life of abstruse studying He makes the mistake of marrying a young wife He sends his wife to America to the Puritan colony of Massachusetts with instructions to live quietly until he arrives Due to grievous mishaps by sea and land and over a years captivity by Indians his intended arrival was delayed He finally arrives to discover his wife Hester Prynne being publicly exposed as an adulteress Not wanting to be associated with her sin he announces himself as a physician and takes the new name Roger Chillingworth from the original Roger Prynne Two sins control his destiny as well as the destiny of others His initial sin was marrying a wife a generation younger than him Hesters unhappiness due to a mismatched matrimony leads her to become an adulteress After Chillingworth
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