Scarlet Letter Essay

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In the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hawthorne portrays a society filled with betrayel, secrecie, and sinners. The people of society do not show their true colors and hide their true intentions. Dimmsdale, Chillingsworth and Hester all have fallen to sin, however they all believe they are not the worse sinner and try to seek justice for themselves.
Hester Prynne had been tainted with sin once she had committed the crimme of adultry. Mistress Prynne has "raised a great scandal" in the town of Boston.(chapter 3) Hester left to the new world before her husband had. Her husband has not returneed in the past two years, and she had a daughter of three months. Meaning Hester has sinned by cheating on her husband and having anothers man's child. This goes against the Puritians ways of being holy which means Hester is not only a sinner but a criminal as well. Prynned had commited one of the seven deadly sins which is lust. She is put onto a platform so society may look down at her for commiting a sin. However Hester doesnt view herself as the worst sinner in the town of Boston but, views Chillingsworth as the worst sinner of all. In chapter 15 Hester states how Chillingsworth has "done me worse wrong than I have done him." Hester believes all of her memories with Chillingsworth have been her ugliest remembrances. She views him as a monster for marrying her and thinking that they could be happy since she was young and he was a old scholar. hester no longer see's her old husband but a deformed monster in his place. She disregards any happy memories she ever had with and believes he has deeply wronged her which makes him the biggest sinner of all for ruinnig Hesters life. Hester tries to seek justice by escaping to the old world by starting a new life for her, Pearl and Dimmsdale. hesterb eleives she deserves justice since she feels she deserves a better life thent he one provided to her in Boston.
Chillingsworth had been ruined by sin from the wrath he has brought upon Hester and Dimmsdale. In chapter 4 in a conversation between Chillingsworth and Hester, Chillingsworth says "let him hide... he shall be mine." Chillingsworth only reason for living now is the ruin Hesters lover's life, which is Dimmsdale. He has become a obsessive man who only lives for destruction. He is filled with wrath which is one of the seven deadly sins.Chillingsworth "twisted, stooped, deformed shoulders mirror his distorted soul." Wrath is a form of self destructive behavior since he is destroying himself from the inside out since he is filled with such rage. His rage actually shows a change in his apperence. Which reveals his soul as becoming distorted. However, he does not view himself as the biggest sinner but views Hester as the worst sinner of them all. Chillingsworth says "didst plant the germ of evil ... it has all been a dark...

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