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When one ponders the thought of innocence one thinks of a young child who has not been privy to the outside world Innocence denotes one who were to argue fault or to be even more specific one who does not sin Yet if one were to argue that everyone sins than that must mean that the term innocent is just an illusion of reality It is ones perception of these terms which in it defines whether one is innocent or one who sins In The Scarlet Letter the term sin is clearly defined but it is defined by those who hold power in the community and not the community itself Yet one could argue that it is the community as a whole which ascribes to this theory but their elders have ultimately dictated it upon them The theme Is anyone truly innocent is prevalent throughout the book but is only obvious to the reader and not to the folk of yester year We as students of the 20th century have the luxury of education whereby through debate and discussion we can assert our own opinions and aspirations without the fear of persecution Innocence in the book is rare and where it is prevalent is not truly accepted by God The idea that Hester Prynne would not reveal the name of her lover to the Governor may seem sinful to some but as a student of the 20th century it is an admirable feat to which she is shunned through the community She exclaimed on the demand of the guilty name of the man to whom she acted in sin with It is too deeply branded Ye cannot take it off And would that I might endure his agony as well as mine As she stood on the pedestal the people of the community cried out in vain for her testimony of the man she had conceived child with With these pressures forced upon her in
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