Sin And Its Consequences On The Scarlet Letter Essay

1421 Words Nov 17th, 2014 6 Pages
Sin and its Consequences in the ScArlet Letter Nathanial Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter” is a novel with numerous themes, spanning from revenge to femininity to the supernatural. One of the most prominent themes, is the theme of sin and its consequences on peoples mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of their lives. In “The Scarlet Letter”, Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth epitomize the theme of sin with each of their unique situations of sin and in how they deal with them. This paper will focus on the sins and consequences (both good and bad) of Hester, Dimmesdale, Chillingworth and even of the people in the Puritan society. The plot of “The Scarlet Letter” revolves around Hester Prynne’s and Arthur Dimmesdale’s sin of adultery. “The Scarlet Letter” is an extremely religious novel and it has many elements in it that can relate back to the bible. One such relation to the bible is between Hester and Dimmesdale’s story with Adam and Eve’s story (in Genesis). Adam and Eve ate fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil and as a result were exiled from the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve gain knowledge and they become aware of their humanness (which separates them from the divine and from other creatures). In both stories sin results in expulsion (on Hester’s part), suffering (on Dimmesdale’s part) and on both parts, knowledge. For Hester, the scarlet letter functions as “her passport into regions where other women dared not…

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