In Junein Puritan Boston, Massachusetts, a crowd gathers to witness the punishment of Hester Prynne, a young woman who has given birth to a baby of unknown parentage. She is required to wear a scarlet "A" on her dress when she is in front of the townspeople to shame her.
Everyone experiences guilt when they commit a sin or human frailty but the way one handles the feelings of guilt is different.
The different ways guilt is experienced determines the way it is punished: In The Scarlet Letter, the character Hester Prynne is well known for the scarlet letter that she was forced to wear. The community choose this form of punishment for Prynne to make her feel guilty for the act of adultery she committed and used it as an example to the rest of the community.
Prynne chooses to embrace the scarlet letter rather than let the feeling of guilt take over her life because she desired to set a good example for her daughter, Pearl. She was able to embrace her sin and the scarlet letter because she was working to set an example for her daughter.
The town people would always be reminded of her sin. Prynne did not let the guilt of her sin produce a major impact on her life. Rather she accepted her transgression and learned the importance of not letting her past mistakes and guilt negatively affect her future.
The rosebush symbolizes forgiveness from guilt throughout The Scarlet Letter. Pearl responded with this meltdown because she wanted forgiveness for her mother and for her father, Reverend Dimmesdale, to be accepted by the community.
Pearl felt guilty but blamed it on others. She was seeking revenge on the townspeople for the way they made her mother feel.
The irony of the rosebush is how it hurt Prynne, Pearl, and Dimmesdale, like the thorns on a rosebush when touched. In the end the family moved out of their community attempting to not let the mistakes of the past take over their present lives.
Ultimately, they choose a fresh start. The biblical allusion to the pearl is referred to in Matthew 13 about a parable of a man who gave up everything for a pearl of great price. Prynne gave up everything she had for her daughter.
She even dresses Pearl in the best clothes, while she dresses very poorly. To Prynne, Pearl was a symbol of strength and overcoming obstacles. Prynne is a great example and life lesson to Pearl of how to accept the mistakes made in the past and not let the shame define oneself.
Prynne uses Pearl to show how tough a young child can be. On the other hand, the town viewed Pearl as the devil child: Pearl herself is truly a symbol of ignorance and hope. Hawthorne described an occurrence of Pearl talking to Mr.
Pearl believed she was created for good and had an optimistic attitude on life. She did not let guilt become an emotion known in her.
Pearl did not let the past effect her future. In conclusion, life lessons were learned about embracement, forgiveness, and acceptance from guilt with the use of symbolism and irony from Hawthorne in The Scarlet Letter. Moving on and learning from a sin or human frailty is significant and something everyone can learn from.In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne explores the theme of sin in Hester Prynne, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth.
Although it seems at first that Hester has committed a serious sin—adultery—it is Dimmesdale and Chillingworth who are the true sinners as they are consumed by the sins they commit. Sin and Redemption: The Transformations of Prynne, Chillingsworth, and Dimmesdale In “The Scarlet Letter,” Hawthorne presents the consequences of sin as an important aspect in the lives of Hester Prynne, Roger Chillingsworth, and Arthur Dimmesdale.
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Credits: 1 Recommended: 10th, 11th, 12th (This is typically the 11th grade course.) Prerequisite: Literature. The Effects of Sin in the Scarlet Letter by Hawthorne the main theme in the Scarlet Letter.
All of the characters in the book were somehow affected by the main sin. PREFACE. My Love, I am writing this letter to explain in detail how I came to the conclusion that the Church is not all it claims to be. I long for your understanding and support. The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, contains many instances of characters sinning.
From Hesters adultery to Mistress Hibbins witchcraft, sin is a major theme of the novel. Two main characters stick out when considering who sins the most in the novel: Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth.