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What Is The Theme Of Innocence In The Scarlet Letter

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In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s book “The Scarlet letter” the characterization of Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Pearl drives the plot, theme and symbolism of the novel. Hester Prynne kept the plot going by her keeping secrets, Arthur Dimmesdale showed the theme of feeling guilty, and Pearl symbolizes innocence.
The theme of feeling guilty can cause pain within is most related to Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale. In the book Nathaniel Hawthorne is speaking about Arthur Dimmesdale as he keeps a whip in his closet because feels guilty that he committed adultery. This is found in The Scarlet Letter as the narrator says, “His inward trouble drove him to practices more in accordance with the old, corrupted faith of Rome than with the better light of
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