Essay about Sin, Alienation, and Love in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

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The Scarlet Letter: The Themes of Sin, Alienation, and Love   The Puritans, a religious group in New England in the early 1600’s, interpreted the Bible form a fundamentalist perspective and strove to attain a sinless society.  Of course, people are human and sins are inevitable so the Puritans sinned and their perfect society was never achieved.   Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter develops the themes of sin, alienation, and love to provide valuable insights into the traditional beliefs of the Puritans and provide valuable and timeless moral insigts.              Hester Prynne goes against the Puritan ways and commits the sinful act of…show more content…
            Throughout the novel Nathaniel Hawthorne often reveals the theme of alienation.  The townspeople generally shun Hester and her daughter Pearl.  The Scarlet Letter ‘A’ alienates Hester among society and casts a lurid glow upon her pathway. Not of  “such a Christian nature” Hester’s sin alienates her among the townspeople (102).  She feels “lonely” and yearns for love as does Pearl (92).  Pearl often tells her mother the “sun does not love you” only making Hester feel more alienated (168).  Hester, the social outcast, finds no invitation for repentance in the law that inevitably crushes her.  Hester’s isolation in Boston forces her to take up residency in a small cottage at the edge of the village, alienating her among society.  Also, before her release from prison, the town magistrate forces her to stand on
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