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Among many morals which press upon us from the poor ministers miserable experience we put only this into a sentence Be true Be true Be true Show freely to the world if not your worst yet some trait whereby the worst may be inferredCh24 236 Hawthorne expresses the purpose of writing this novel in that short sentence He creates characters who have sin and disguise these sins for their own salvation Slowly these sins evolve the characters it strengthens Hester humanizes Dimmesdale and turns Chillingworth into a demon The story is Hawthornes depiction of the effects of sin on the hearts and minds of humanity during the Puritan society through the characters Hester Dimmesdale and Chillingworth Hesters sin is that her passion and love were of more importance to her than the Puritan moral code but she learns the error of her ways and slowly regains the adoration of the community For instance What we did had a consecration of its own We felt it so We said so to each other Hast thou forgotten itCh17 179 Hester fully acknowledges her guilt and displays it with pride to the world This was obvious by the way she displays the scarlet letter with elaborate designs showing that she is proud Furthermore she does not want to live a life of lies anymore when she states forgive me In all things else I have striven to be true Truth was the one virtue which I might have held fast and did hold fast through all extremity save when thy good--the life--they fame--were put in question Then I consented a deception But a lie is never good even though death threaten the other sideCh17 177 Hester learns from her sin and grows strong a direct result from her punishment The scarlet letter A was as if a blessing to Hester changing her into an honest person with good virtues Fittingly she chooses to stay in Boston with Pearl
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