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People live with lies every day Everyone from the President of theUnited States to the poorest beggar in New York City has told a lie Whitelies gray lies and plain old dirty fat lies are strewn forth every day likewater from a fountain The only true difference between them is the amountof guilt they place on the liar If they feel guilt then they suffer greatlythroughout their lives from lots of small indiscretions or just once largeone The majority of the people in this world have the ability to alleviatetheir guilt through some kind of penance but for some that is not enough Anything they do can not repeal the feeling of guilt and the knowledge theydid something wrong People like this make themselves sick with worryand regret and they often die of their disease depression Those peoplewho do manage to drop their guilt become productive members of societyagain because they have reconnected with the rest of the human race Theydont deny their guilt or their crimes they just acknowledge there are somethings they cannot change they can just try to make up for them In TheScarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne the decision of the characters toeither admit or hide the truth determines the quality of their lives WhileHester Pryne admits her sins and resolves them over time through hercharity work Arthur Dimmsdale bottles up his sins and even though hephysically tortures himself cannot resolve his great misdeedsThe first character to choose a path is Hester Pryne While she didhave a child when she hadnt seen her husband in over a year a deadgiveaway she could have easily fled the colony before the birth Sheinstead stayed and faced her peers and in that way she admitted her sin Toflee would have led her along a completely different path one of denial Hester didnt quite buy into all the Puritan ideals but she knew adultery wasa sin against God it said so in the bible Only
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