Hypocrisy At It 's Best

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Hypocrisy at it’s Best In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Hypocrisy is a major theme. Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, Roger Chillingworth and even the Puritan society was immersed with hypocrisy. Although Hawthorne was not subtle in his portrayal of the sin of hypocrisy, he made it easy to see the sin at work. Examples of hypocrisy Hawthorne used can still be found in today’s society. One way Hawthorne displayed hypocrisy was through Hester Prynne. Hester was not only guilty of adultery, but was also guilty of hypocrisy. Hester claims that she loves Dimmesdale, but she lets him suffer for seven years. She kept Chillingworth’s identity a secret from Dimmesdale and allowed Chillingworth to continually torture him. Hester knows that Chillingworth 's torturing is slowly weakening Dimmesdale mentally and physically, yet she does nothing to put an end Chillingworth’s or to help Dimmesdale. “Take heed how thou clentiest to him -- who, perchance, hath not the courage to grasp it for himself -- the bitter, but wholesome cup that is how presented to thy lips!” (Hawthorne 47). If Hester had told the truth, everything would have been better. Hester was also hypocritical in how she shows her love for pearl. She loves Pearl enough to clothe, feed and care for her, but she does not lover Pearl enough to tell her that Dimmesdale is her father. She does not love Pearl enough to give her a father. Another way Hawthorne showed hypocrisy was through Arthur Dimmesdale.

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