Analysis Of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's ' The Scarlet Letter '

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Marin Fallon
Mrs. Janosy
English 2H
23 November 2015
Sin in the The Scarlet Letter The story of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is one with many twists and turns. A young woman moves to Boston, Massachusetts while her husband takes care of affairs in England. After two years pass she secretly has an affair with the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale. When she becomes pregnant and gives birth to her daughter Pearl, the town punishes her for committing the act of adultery. She is sentenced to stand on the town scaffold for public embarrassment and to wear a letter “A” on her bosom for the rest of her life. As she stands there she sees her husband from England in the crowd, who later threatens to find the father of the child and seek his revenge with a new identity as a physician named Roger Chillingworth. Throughout Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter, the three main characters demonstrate that hidden sin has a worse effect on a person’s mental and physical health than reveled sin. Chillingworth spends a majority of the novel withholding his great sin of torturing Dimmesdale, which in turn ruins his health. “I shall seek this man, as I have sought truth in books; as I have sought gold in alchemy. There is a sympathy that will make me conscious of him. I shall see him tremble. I shall feel myself shudder, suddenly and unawares. Sooner or later, he must needs be mine!” (Page 64) Chillingworth wanted revenge on Dimmesdale since the beginning of the novel. He felt…
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