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Valuable Lessons Learned through the Works of Nathaniel HawthorneThroughout his works Nathaniel Hawthorne utilizes symbolism to present a certain theme that pertains to human nature and life In his works The Scarlet Letter and The Ministers Black Veil Hawthorne uses symbolism to present a common theme pertaining to religion Though manifested sin will ostracize one from society unconfessed sin will destroy the soul However in his short story The Birthmark the author uses symbolism to present a theme that pertains to nature instead of religion In this work Hawthorne uses symbolism to present a theme that nature is perfect and should not be tampered with by mankindThe central theme in The Scarlet Letter is that though manifested sin will ostracize one from society unconfessed sin will lead to the destruction of the inner spirit He uses the symbol of the scarlet letter to bring out this idea In the novel Hester is forced to wear the scarlet letter A a symbol of her sin because she committed adultery with the clergyman Dimmesdale Because the publics knowledge of her sin Hester is excluded physically mentally and socially from the normal society of the Puritan settlement She lives on the outskirts of town in a small cottage where she makes her living as a seamstress Though she is known to be a great sewer amongst the people Hester is still not able to sew certain items such as a new brides veil Hester also has no interaction with others instead she is taunted if not completely ignored by all that pass her by Despite the ill treatment of the society Hesters soul is not diluted instead she flourishes and improves herself in spite of the burden of wearing the letter A Her good works such as helping the less fortunate strengthen her inner spirit and eventually partially welcome her back to the society that once shunned her In contrast to Hesters flourishing through her confessed sin Dimmesdale
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