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In the novel The Scarlet Letter Hawthorne displays his view of sin through various characters Through Hester Prynne Hawthorne portrays sin and how it strengthens her character On the other hand Hawthorne shows Reverend Dimmesdales sin of adultery and how it makes him ill Pearl in contrast is portrayed as a living sin and therefore is constantly being judged Through Hester Prynne Reverend Dimmesdale and Pearl Hawthorne shows that if hidden sin will destroy but if revealed and one repents for sin it is capable of making him stronger One way Hawthorne develops his view of sin is through Hester Prynne Hester is charged with adultery in the 1600s when the novel takes place a very serious crime with very severe punishment As the plot unfolds the reader learns that Hesters sin makes her a stronger woman The consequence of Hesters sin is that she has to wear a scarlet A upon her breast to let the community know of her wrongdoing Hester will be living sermon against sin until the ignominious letter be engraved upon her tombstone 59 Thus Hester must wear the scarlet letter until she leaves the World However Hesters badge of shame102 makes her a stronger person as she puts up with the harassing comments of the town Rather than with shame Hester wears the letter with pride She is aware that her sin is iniquitous but by being open about it she is able to become a stronger person Hester proves that by repenting and repelling sin it is truly capable of making one stronger Hawthorne illustrates another important point about sin through the character Arthur Dimmesdale Dimmesdale represents God and he therefore refuses to be open about his sin He explains to Hester Happy for you Hester that you wear the scarlet letter openly upon your bosom Mine burns in secret 176 This guilt that Dimmesdale keeps concealed within his soul eventually beats him and he
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