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Unlike modern authors Nathaniel Hawthorne is more concerned with what sin causes rather than what causes sin In his stories such as The Scarlet Letter this is especially present The focus of the plot is not how or why Hester chose to have an affair with Dimmesdale but what happened to the two as a result The setting of the story is set after the sin has already been committed lasting several years after to show the affects of the sinners actions When Hester is introduced as a sinner the explanation of her crime is brief She clasps the infant Pearl closely to her bosom 37 while standing on the scaffold so all can see her scarlet letter Pearl is an infantworthy to have been brought forth in Eden 61 which surprises many since she is the result of an affair They expected to see a child of the devil but instead are presented with a beautiful healthy baby Pearls existence is ambiguous throughout the story as she is seen as both a blessing and a curse She is a constant reminder of her mothers actions but at the same time she is the light of Hesters life Hester considers her daughter her happiness but her torture nonetheless 77 This shows that sin does not only bring evil but good can result as well Because of her sins Hester is shunned from society by adults as well as children She and Pearl live in an abandoned cottage on the outskirts of town relying on each other alone Dimmesdales continually failing health is a result of his sin as well Instead of admitting publicly that he is Pearls father he chooses to keep his sin inside and his guilt drives him mad He would rather suffer privately and hold his good reputation within the community of Boston then lose the respect of his parishioners He is never able to forgive himself and unlike Hester
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