Summary Of ' The Scarlet Letter '

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Melanie Showers
Mrs. Voshell
Honors English 10
8 January 2016
Morality in The Scarlet Letter In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne describes many defining instances of different characters’ morality. Some of the characters’ opinions are very different, but the people of the town have a general morality that leads Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale to deal with their sins differently in public, than in private. First, Hester’s morality, is not very defined at the beginning. She seems as though she does not care what other people think of her. She acts like she is “above” everyone else or like she is almost too good for them. When on the inside, Hester is actually very regretful for what she has done, and she knows she has done wrong. Soon after she begins wearing the scarlet letter, she defines her morals by keeping her hair up, and acting more quiet and reserved. That shows that her morals are actually very strict. She knows the difference between right and wrong, and she repents because of her sin. Second, Dimmesdale’s morality is not very well defined until the end of the novel. In the beginning, he does not show anything that would suggest he was Hester’s fellow sinner. He also defends Hester, so it almost seems as though he does not think her sin is as bad as it actually is. Throughout the book, he starts to get sick and weak, which starts to show his morals. It shows that he recognizes what he did wrong, and he is being punished for it, but he says he never was really…

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