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The Scarlet Letter has been considered a landmark in literature for years and years Part of the reason for this is because of its message to be true be true This novel demonstrates this moral through the actions of the two main characters Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale Many people have learned this important moral blossom and have held it with them remembering it in their times of confusion The book teaches us that it is better to show the world your faults than to lie and let them fester inside Through their actions each of these characters in the novel either a are true and prosper or b keep themselves and their faults hidden and eventually face a terrible downfall Hester goes against Hawthorne s message and destroys herself by not being true to the world although she later tells the truth and redeems herself Hester Prynne commits adultery with Arthur Dimmesdale the well-respected popular priest The town finds out about it when two other priests hear Dimmesdale praying asking God to forgive him for his sin Word eventually spreads and he must endure the admonishment of the town becoming an outcast in society wearing a scarlet A on his chest for adulterer Hester never tells the town that she helped Dimmesdale with his sin This is her fatal mistake For the next seven years she can do nothing more than hate herself for her lie letting her guilt eat her She physically abuses herself beating herself with a bloody scourge 76 and holding night-long vigils Her inner feelings manifest themselves on the outside causing her to become very ill However she later on admits her sin and although she dies from her illness she dies with a peaceful heart As you see when she lied she ruined herself and although she did die she died without that emotional burden after admitting her sin and helped herself in that way Arthur Dimmesdale however holds
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