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The Punishment Doesnt Always Fit the CrimeThe Scarlet Letter written by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a book about Hester Prynne a woman whose one night of passion leads to a lifetime of punishment It takes place in a Puritan society in the New World during the 17th century Hester commits adultery with the Reverend Dimmesdale and is sentenced to wear a letter A on her bosom for the rest of her life Dimmesdale however does not admit to his sin and this leads him to a life of agony and torture within himself At one point the Reverend even says to Hester that she is lucky to be wearing the scarlet letter on her chest for all to see Some might believe that he is lucky to have gotten away with this sin and that he should keep quiet and just try to go on leading a normal life The Reverend feels differently He wishes he were the one to have gotten punished because self-punishment is far worse than any other punishment that can be given from anyone or anything This sin that he has gotten away with is really eating away at the Reverend to the point where he cant live with himself anymore Hester wearing the letter A is willing to accept her punishment and therefore able to move on in her life She is paying the price for her sin The Reverend wasnt punished for his sin and cant move on He is stuck at this obstacle in his life that cant be hurdled until confronted and yet he doesnt have the courage to face it The town did not punish the Reverend Dimmesdale but he is punishing himself By not admitting his sin he is letting it control his life Everything he says or does is in the shadow of this sin He cant get away from it Slowly it is destroying him not just mentally but also physically When Governor
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