scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 665
In the New Testament it states that the wages of sin is death Though the penalty of sin in The Scarlet Letter is not a termination of life the evil of isolation can be a physically morally and socially tortuous event in Puritan society Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale in Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter are both victims of the cruel isolation from Puritan society on the basis of their sins Hester wears her sin upon her breast where it stands as a constant reminder of her malfeasance Shame and isolation strip her of all passion and femininity leaving her a shell of her former self Though Arthurs mark of shame is not visible it is all the more tortuous for its absence Shame and guilt feed upon Arthurs soul with slow malevolency Only a combination of death and confession finally release Arthur from his torture Though Hesters ostracism from society and the tortuous nature of her shame Hester is stripped of all passion and humanity Since society acknowledges Hesters sin she becomes an exile in her own town All the world Has frowned on her and Hester must bear the brunt of her shameful isolation When Hester walks through her town a sort of magic circle forms itself around her Devoid of any social contact save that of her daughter Hester must endure of lonely existence In all her intercourse with society save that of her daughter there was nothing that made Hester feel as if she belonged to it therefore she turns to herself for reflection of her shame When Hester must walk through the town she suffers an agony from every footstep Frequent suffering does not inure Hester to her inner torment instead the same grows more sensitive with daily torture Hesters ostracism from a stoic society and the burdensome nature of her shame deprive her off life Treated as a dangerous delinquent by society Hester begins to question her
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA