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Nathaniel Hawthorne was a truly outstanding author His detailed descriptions and imagery will surely keep people interested in reading The Scarlet Letter for years to come In writing this book he used themes evident throughout the entirety of the novel These themes are illustrated in what happens to the characters and how they react By examining how these themes affect the main characters Hester Dimmesdale and Chillingworth one can obtain a better understanding of what Hawthorne was trying to impress upon his readers The first theme expressed in The Scarlet Letter is that even well meaning deceptions and secrets can lead to destruction Dimmesdale is a prime example of this he meant well by concealing his secret relationship with Hester however keeping it bound up was deteriorating his health Over the course of the book this fact is made to stand out by Dimmesdales changing appearance Over the course of the novel Dimmesdale becomes more pale and emaciated Hester prevents herself from suffer the same fate She is open about her sin but stays loyal to her lover by not telling who is the father of Pearl Hester matures in the book becomes a stronger character The fact that revenge destroys both the victim and the seeker is another theme presented in the Scarlet Letter Dimmesdale is the victim of Chillingworths revenge upon Hester and whoever her lover happened to be Dimmesdale beside his self-inflicted harm was also not helped by the fact Chillingworth enjoyed watching him waste away However Chillingworth is also subject to this destiny as evidence by his change in the novel Chillingworth was considered wise and aged in the beginning of the novel although later he is seen as being dusky and evil Lastly Nathaniel Hawthorne brings out that we absolutely must accept responsibility for our actions or suffer the consequences come with them Hester is the prime example for this here because she was smart and freed herself of this
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