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If we cannot accept our own identity how are we supposed to accept and eventually love others just like us In the novel The Scarlet letter Nathaniel Hawthorn addresses the issue of accepting ourselves before we can accept and love others Hawthorn expresses this issue through the relationships between his characters of Hester Prynne Reverend Dimmesdale and Pearl All three characters are bound to a single situation in which Hester accepts her punishment for committing adultery and therefore has the ability to love others in contrast Dimmesdale does not accept his part in Prynne and his actions and denies his love for Prynne and his daughter Pearl Lastly Pearl the consequence of Dimmesdale and Prynnes actions of adultery is caught between the two worlds of Prynnes and Dimmesdale It results Pearls confusion in character which in turns results in her inconstant acts of affection and introvert behavior From the very beginning of the story Prynne is continuously criticized and attacked by the Puritan townsmen of Salem who strictly believe in the words God including the issue of adultery Here Prynne is identified by the towns people as a woman who has committed adultery with a mysterious man later revealed as Reverend Dimmesdale and is being punished by wearing the Scarlet letter It is expected of Prynnes reaction like other similar victims of such cruelty to wrath out at her assailants the public but instead she never battled with the public but submitted uncomplainingly to its worst usage she made no claim upon it in requital for what she suffered did not weigh upon its sympathies Hawthorn pg 157 Prynne actions can be explained do to the fact that Prynne accepts her identity of being an adulteress She honestly believes that her action was not wrong and there fore she freely accepts her punishment of wearing the scarlet letter and the cruelty that accompanies it In accepting her situation Prynne is also able
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