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Samantha Suder Essay AP Eng 11 Scarlet Letter Essay In the novel The Scarlet Letter Hawthorne displays his view of sin in an assortment of his characters Through Hester Prynne he explains her sin of adultery and how she becomes stronger by it Reverend Dimmesdale deals with his sin of adultery personally because he does not reveal the sin which allows him to become ill with guilt The character Pearl is portrayed as a living sin and therefore is constantly being judged The characters allow the audience to comprehend Hawthornes view of sin If hidden sin will destroy but if revealed and repented it is capable of making one stronger One way Hawthorne develops his view of sin is through Hester Prynne Hester is charged with adultery Through the novel the audience learns that her sin makes her a stronger woman being the 1600s the punishments were usually severe She is forced to wear a scarlet A upon her breast to let the community be aware of her wrongdoing Thus she will be living sermon against sin until the ignominious letter be engraved upon her tombstone 59 This quote informs the readers that Hester must wear the scarlet letter until she leaves the World Honestly Hesters badge of shame102 makes her a stronger person The symbol makes her stronger because she puts up with the harassing comments of the town 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 Another character who supports Hawthornes thought of sin is Arthur Dimmesdale Dimesdales sin of adultery is worst because he is a symbol of god Therefore Dimmesdale refuses to be opened with his sin He explains to Hester Happy for you Hester that wear the
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