A Synopsis Of The Scarlet Letter.Adultery Was A Moral Wrongdoing
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A Synopsis of The Scarlet Letter Adultery was a moral wrongdoing and transgression in 1850. Hawthorne captured the essence of the events that could occur in any Puritan woman’s life after committing this sin from his own perspective of the topic, Hawthorne did this within a writing of his. The Scarlet Letter was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1850. The Scarlet Letter is about the life of Hester Prynne and the other characters after she played a part in committing the sin of adultery. Hester partakes in moral trials throughout the novel too, some even concerning her daughter Pearl. The Scarlet Letter reflects on the toll that secrets can play of a person, through Dimmesdale and the effects of a person 's’ decision on others around them.…show more content…
Hester’s fate further into the novel is sealed, she is to forever wear the Scarlet Letter and a townsman even stated, “Thus she will be a living sermon against sin, until the ignominious letter be engraved upon her tombstone” (Hawthorne 71).
The next influential and important scene would be in Chapter 10. Chillingworth has taken residence in Dimmesdale’s home where he grows more suspicious every day of the reverend. Chillingworth starts rummaging through Dimmesdale’s possessions, driven by his wanting for revenge. The majority of the scene exposes the urgency of Chillingworth to procure evidence to support his theory that Reverend Dimmesdale is the other half of the guilty party that hasn’t received the punishment for his transgression. Throughout the encounter between the two, the point of views that each has on confessing sins is brought into the light. Chillingworth doesn’t understand why a person would hide their sins in a way that they can’t receive judgement and punishment by the people. He believes a person will be set free if they put their sins out in the open. The reverend’s point of view is that it doesn’t matter when you confess you as long as the person can feel the same weight lifting as if they confessed it from the beginning. Dimmesdale actually slips up as he defends his point. He uses himself as an example not expecting Chillingsworth to connect the dots. Dimmesdale questions, “What better way to receive penance for a sin than