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For thousands of years people have been transgressing their moral and religious laws to benefit themselves or their beliefs As recorded early in the Bible Gods creation had not even cooled from the proverbial oven before it started to disobey the rules And the Lord God commanded the man saying From any tree of the garden you may eat freely but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat when the woman saw the tree was good for food she took from its fruit and ate and she gave also to her husband with her and he ate Genesis 2-3 More notable sinners of the past include Nero of Rome whose interesting behaviors and whims caused many a death Mao Tse-tung who appears in the Guinness Book of World Records for killing 100 million Chinese and Charles Manson whose bloody and bizarre killings instantly grabbed national attention Misdemeanors although not as immense are the setting of Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter the theme of which seems to reflect the consequences of these sins The obvious result of Hester Prynnes adulterous relationship with Arthur Dimmesdale was the child it produced The Puritan society Hester lived in dealt harshly with such wanton and immoral actions Hester was imprisoned for a short time in the city jail With the same harsh demeanor she was led back to prison and vanished from the public gaze within its iron-clamped portal Hawthorne 67 The beetle-browed and gloomy jail Hawthorne 46 was the first sight that greeted the illegitimate child Hester was forced to stand on the town scaffold and listen to Reverend Wilson deliver a blistering sermon on the sin of adultery The clergymen also condemned the adulteress to wear a scarlet letter A on her clothing at all times It was gossiped by those who peered after her that the scarlet letter threw a lurid
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