The Seven Deadly Sins In The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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The puritans were societies that arrived from England to the New World. For the most part, Puritan’s goal was to purify the church, and transform it into an ideal world without sins. Certainty, Puritans were not allowed to behave irrationally, and were constantly expected to follow the rules of their beliefs. One of the biggest beliefs Puritans had, was that no man should sin; anyone who would commit a sin would either be punished physically, cast away from the community, or killed. With this in mind, Nathaniel Hawthorne published a book called The Scarlet Letter, which strives to show the readers an understanding perspective how Puritans lived their lives infused with the seven deadly sins; how they acted in response to each one of them. The…show more content…
To clarify, Hawthorne educates the reader of Hester being a beautiful woman that was consumed by lust through the act of adultery for being lonely in a strange land, and believing her husband probably dead; not knowing he was being captive by the Indians. “A young wife, holding a child by the hand, ‘let her cover the mark as she will, the pang of it will be always in her heart’” (479). Now as a consequence, the towns’ people decided that the best punishment for Hester would be to get publicly humiliated, and expelled from society while wearing the scarlet letter “A” across her chest. However, Hester had no shame in wearing the scarlet letter, in fact she had the exact opposite sentiment. As Hawthorne illustrates, “It was so artistically done, and with so much fertility and gorgeous luxuriance of fancy, that it had all the effect of a last and fitting decoration to the apparel which she wore, and which was of a splendor in accordance with the taste of the age” (480) Hester had pride of wearing the letter “A”. Given these points, Hawthorne defines Hester change in persona as a result of the deadly sins pride and lust, she transcends from a weak minded individual into a strong resilient

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