Analysis Of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's ' The Scarlet Letter '

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Nathaniel Hawthorne, in The Scarlet Letter, and Daniel Solove in his piece about “Shaming and the Digital Scarlet Letter” show that one who lives two lives with two dual personalities, purposefully or accidentally, can live the lie for only so long before he makes a mistake, becomes confused, and betrays his identity.
The two lives that one leads most often have one persona used to conceal the other personality that society typically shuns, and he chooses to have these two personalities. He chooses to have these two personalities because society rejects those with malicious intent, so to perform their daily lives without arousing suspicion, people assume another, more acceptable disguise. Because they assume another identity, “transgressors [tend] to remain obscure and anonymous, unaccountable for their vile conduct” and get away with their malicious intent, until they confuse themselves (Solove). Roger Chillingworth wants to expose whom Hester has committed adultery with and enact “a more intimate revenge than any mortal had ever wreaked upon an enemy” (Hawthorne 127). In order to do so, he must keep his intents hidden under the guise of a physician, which is a respected occupation among the Puritans. The Puritans believe “that this learned man was the physician as well as friend of the young minister,” which is the more benign persona he hides behind (Hawthorne 99). Chillingworth portrays a “physician” in front of the Puritans so they trust him and he can continue his…
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