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August 27 2002 The Sins of the Puritans In Adams fall we sinned allHall 1This quote from the New England primer much pertains to Nathaniel Hawthornes characters in The Scarlet Letter The Puritans were a people dedicated to improving themselves according to a certain set of principles that were exclusively Puritan On the personal level a Puritan would struggle to reach perfection by living out this system of values If they did not succeed as in Hester or Arthur Dimmesdales cases their retribution would be in the fact that they did not live up to the perfection in which they strived Hester Prynne Arthur Dimmesdale Roger Chillingworth and the Puritan society characterized by the townspeople all sinned This story is a lesson of the result sin in the hearts of Hester Dimmesdale and Chillingworth Sin toughened Hester humanizes Dimmesdale and turns Chillingworth into a devil The Puritans were not against sex but actually encouraged it between married couples Sex makes people less stressful and if a community is going to grow you need many children According to an article by Leites the act was the topic of several sermons and encouraged by the church amongst married couples It was considered healthy and good to have an active sexual relationship Hawthorn writes about things that are happening in his time and things he is familiar with In his day a big concern was over sexual issuesKazin4 Sex within the due bounds of matrimony was an ordained expression of love and fellowship so union with Christ in heavon would provide sensual and sexual as well as emotional and spiritual fulfillment GodbeerBarlas Hester Prynnes sin is adultery Hester is a good woman at heart but was overcome by her need for human interaction Her husband is much older than her and she was married at a young age This may be the reason for her decision to have an affair The bible talks very strongly about this
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