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Summary Of Sin In The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Do your mistakes effect who you are? People make mistakes every day, but we must choose how that affects us. In Nathaniel Hawthorne novel he explores how people live with their sin. The three main characters Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth each had one thing in common: they all had sin they had to live with every day. Hawthorne shows that sin changed their personalities and how they lived their lives. This can be seen by examining the lives of Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth.
Hester Prynne is an essential character in the Scarlet Letter who embraces her sin and turns it into something positive. She is condemned for committing adultery and for punishment she must wear a Scarlet Letter “A” embroidered on the
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While preaching to Hester he tells her that she should reveal the name of her sinner, and it’s better not to, “hide a guilty heart through life” (Ch.3 Par.22). Even though it burdens him to keep a secret he doesn’t reveal it until his last day. While he is standing on the scaffold in front of all the town, “he tore away the ministerial band from before his breast. It was revealed!” (Ch.23 Par.27). The townspeople couldn’t believe what happened, they chose not to believe that he had committed the sin. Dimmesdale was harder on himself then then the people around him were. Clearly this shows Dimmesdale was hard on himself which changed his personality dramatically, and made his life more challenging.
In response to Hester and Dimmesdale’s sin, Chillingworth begins down a path of revenge and ends up being consumed by his own sin. (Bell pg.5)n into his kingdom (Ch.10 Par.36). Chillingworth loves to torment with Dimmesdale mind and remind him his sin is a secret. When visiting a tombstone, he refers to the weeds that are growing as having, “sprung up out of a buried heart, to make manifest and unspoken crime?” (Ch.10 Par.11) Chillingworth goes down a path of destruction in so far, he attempts to follows Dimmesdale and Hester trip to Europe. When Hester spots Chillingworth his smile, “conveyed secret and fearful meaning” (Ch.21-24). Chillingworth is so caught up in his sin that when Dimmesdale confesses, his whole goal to destroy Dimmesdale was ruined, he says
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