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Sin is a powerful force that has the ability to destroy anything that comes in its path In life sin is able to control people and manipulate them into different individuals Nowhere is this capability more evident than in Hawthornes writing Hawthorne uses powerful stories to display the pain and troubles even the smallest peccadillo can cause In both Young Goodman Brown and The Scarlet Letter Hawthorne demonstrates that shame and guilt caused by sin are capable of escalating to mask the true humans behind their curtains The scarlet letter disables Hester Prynne from fulfilling her potential yet she is able to survive by becoming a different person She can no longer live the life she once had The letter which represents all sins hides Hesters beauty and passion to the extent that she only becomes known as the carrier of the letter As the narrator states The effect of the symbolXor rather of the position in respect to society that was indicated by itXon the mind of Hester Prynne herself was powerful and peculiar All the light and graceful foliage of her character had been withered up by this red-hot brand and had long ago fallen away leaving a bare and harsh outline which might have been repulsive had she possessed friends or companions to be repelled by it Even the attractiveness of her person had undergone a similar change 142 The shame that the letter represents imprisons Hesters heart and blocks it from being expressed Hesters true identity is hidden behind the letter which repels all including sunshine The effects are never more evident than when Hesters own daughter acknowledges that Hesters soul hides behind a veil Mother said little Pearl the sunshine does not love you It runs away and hides itself because it is afraid of something on your bosom160 In this simple comment Pearl says much more than she knows She identifies the fact that Hester
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