The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Morals are important; morals are the foundation for any society. The morals depicted in The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, clearly show that righteous acts, and not sinning are not the a deciding factor in a happy life. The novel suggests that sin should be addressed by the community at large and not solely by the individual. The Scarlet Letter professes that an individual cannot, and will not, live a successful and peaceful life without being an honest member of the community, as evidenced by Hester Prynne 's transformation while wearing the letter, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale’s eventual demise, and Sir Roger Chillingworth’s revenge-based life.
Hester’s sin and her recovery from her sin exemplify the morals in The Scarlet Letter. At the beginning of the novel, she commits adultery and is publicly shunned for it. The townspeople, who represent society as a whole in the novel, consider Hester to be a “brazen hussy,” and treat her accordingly (41). They also consider her “fantastically embroidered” letter to be “ignominious” and a symbol of Hester’s “disgrace” (41, 42). By wearing the letter, Hester feels the wrath of the townspeople. During her walk to the scaffold, Hester feels “ an agony from every footstep,” and “as if her heart had been flung into the street for them [the townspeople] all to spurn and trample upon.” (41) The scarlet letter throws Hester into anguish and despair; however, her public suffering eventually leads to her survival. As the novel
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