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What makes an individual human is the absence of perfection Everyone commits sin either accidentally or intentionally but it always has a consequence In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne the sins committed by the main characters in a Puritan society are analyzed The different ways each character psychologically deals with the effect of sin demonstrate the fluctuations of human nature The presence of sin and its repercussions link Hester Prynne Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth in complex web of evil hypocrisy and redemption that transforms each character throughout the story Hester Prynne the protagonist of the novel is affected by her sinning in several ways Her biggest mistake was committing adultery by having and affair with Dimmesdale The fact that he was a reverend only adds to the fire After her town becomes aware of her sin through her pregnancy she is immediately turned into an outcast To Puritans adultery is one of the worst acts against God and morality A scarlet letter so fantastically embroidered and illuminated upon her bosom 48 was placed on her to remind herself and the community of her sin Hester did not try to escape or deny her sin hence Here she said to herself had been the scene of her guilt and here should be the scene of her earthly punishment and so perchance the torture of her daily shame would at length purge her soul and work out another than that which she had lost72 She acknowledges her sin and takes full responsibility for her actions and the many consequences She lives on a small cottage away from town only accompanied by the fruit of her affair Pearl As a recluse Hester has more than enough time to serve her punishment Hesters daughter Pearl is seen as a bastard to the townspeople but as a blessing by her mother Hester said that God as a direct consequence of the sin which man
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