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The Scarlet Letter and a Tale of Two Cities: a Comparison Essay

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The Scarlet Letter and A Tale of Two Cities: A Comparison

The ninth commandment tells man not to give false witness.(Exodus 20:16)
Nathaniel Hawthorn and Charles Dickens in their novels The Scarlet Letter and A
Tale of Two Cities, respectively, both use punishment for deception as a recurring theme. Although they do so to different degrees and in dissimilar manners, both authors agree that deception is a sin that requires punishment. In The Scarlet Letter, the heroine, Hester Prynne conceived a child out of wedlock. Despite the pleas and demands of the clerical community, she did not reveal the identity of the father. The Puritanical community in which she lived in demanded her to give up her conspirator or bear the consequences of
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Chillingworth*s deception allows him to become consumed with hatred and the desire to inflict his revenge on the one who stole his wife*s heart. Because he had secretly lived his life in hate, he too began to show his rotten inner self on the outside. Never having revealed his true identity to everyone, he died without solace and alone. Although Charles Dickens is not so severe in the castigation of his characters, he too makes the crime of deception punishable even by death. In A
Tale of Two Cities, Charles Darnay is an example of one who escapes punishment for his offense. Charles Darnay was his first line of deception. Darnay used this pseudonym in order to hide his roots in the French aristocracy. He was truly an
Evr*monde. This fact continuously haunted him later when he met and fell in love with Lucy Manette. This was due to her roots which lied in her father, Dr.
Manette. Dr. Manette was imprisoned unjustly by an Evr*monde and saw their abuses of the peasant class. He thusly accused all Evr*mondes of being monsters. Later, he suspected that Charles was an Evr*monde, but did not tell anyone because of his daughter*s relationship with Charles. This became a problem later when Charles needed to go to France after the start of the Revolution.
Because he had always been careful to hide his identity, he assumed no one knew his true identity so he left for France despite the danger the Revolution was for him. When he arrived, he was
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