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In the novel The Scarlet letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne the society of a Puritan town exclude anyone who is in any way deviant and considers that person as being sinful In order to fit in the people are willing to conceal and contain their passion and all their faults because of their fear of being excluded In Hawthornes book he shows how hidden guilt can cause more suffering than open guilt He demonstrates this through Hester Pyrnne and Arthur DimmesdaleBoth characters share the same guilt but are punished in different ways Hesters punishment is to wear the letter A on her bosom which is a symbol for adultery Dimmesdales punishment is to deal with his guilt in private Although Hesters punishment seems worse than Dimmesdale its not Hester experiences open guilt though public punished for her sin Shes forced to stand on the scaffold for hours to be ridiculed and ostracized by the community Then she is expelled from the town as an adulteress and goes to live with her illegitimate daughter to a cottage not in close vicinity to any other habitation pg 68 However by being separated from the Puritan town of Salem and all its prejudices Hester is able to look at the people objectively and see much she was not able to see before Walking to and fro with those lonely footsteps in the little world with which she was outwardly connected it now and then appeared to Hester that the scarlet letter gave her a sympathetic knowledge of the hidden sin in others hearts pg73 The puritans of the town are so busy covering up their faults and hiding their feelings that they cannot see their own or each others faults Hester who wears her sinly mark openly does not have to worry about others opinions and gains an intuition an insight into the hearts of others Because Hesters guilt is exposed for everyone to see she becomes stronger
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