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The Four Sins in The Scarlet Letter Sin is a word that is definetely not universally defined Sin is relative to a persons religion or lack there of Sin also provokes punishment be direct by law or by a moral lesson Severity in punishment is also conditional to the society in which the sin is commited In Puritan society much like that of TSL sins are serious and punishment is very severe as compared with our modern standards Nethaniel Hawthorne the author of TSL was very immersed in the concept of sin He broke sin down into four categories These categories where as follows Secret sin unforgiving sin generational sin and the worst sin being psychological manipulation Hawthorne clearly expresses the sins in TSL and one would be ignorant not to notice them due to the books allegorical repetition Each sin defined by Hawthorne has at least one example for itself in the book No one alive has not kept a secret from someone before Some secrets are harmless such as a surprise birthday present or gift But some truths need to be identified to a person even if they are harmful to the person keeping the secret In TSL Hester Prynne cannot keep the fact of her unfaithfulness to her husband from everyone else At this point her husband is away and has been for some time now During this time away Hester became pregnant Now for Hester to be pregnant with her husbands child was an impossibility due to the time he had been away so everyone knew that she had cheated on him But no one knew who she had cheated with Only Reverend Dimmsdale did and that was because he was that man Dimmsdale knew that he was the father of Pearl Hesters daughter Dimmsdale suffered enormus psychological and physical torment as he held the fact of his sin inside of himself Dimmsdale in fact interrogated Hester while she was
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