Theme Of Guilt In The Scarlet Letter

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Sin, Guilt, and Pride Nathaniel Hawthorne presents an amazing work through The Scarlet Letter in which the topics as loneliness, the feeling of blame, revenge, and temptation are part of the Puritan society, but those are not just topics present there, those are themes existing in every time period. The Puritan society has strong religious beliefs; they are very strict and sins are strictly punished especially if they are committed by women. In this period men made all important decisions and they were the head of the house, while women’s purpose was to raise children and teach good values. Women’s sins were punished more severely during this time, for example, adultery was a caused of dead for them. In a society where everybody is waiting…show more content…
In this book, the author presents some of the events that have happened in a society where the religious beliefs establish and govern the parameters between good and evil, right and wrong, moral and immoral. It is at this point where we can see the transgression caused for a moment of passion and desire that creates a world of shame, pain, and guilt between their characters. The transgression of the morality and its effects are represented in The Scarlet Letter through the main three characters Hester Prynne, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth. One of the main characters is Hester Prynne. This woman exemplifies the sin that the human beings commit. In the story, her sin is seen by everybody. Her sin is the adultery and she has to carry an A that is the…show more content…
The same happens in the community in which the characters live. They live surrounded by people whose religious beliefs are so strong that create a cold environment where everybody is pointed out and judged for their actions. It is in this part where the transgression of the morality occurs and the characters are involved in sin, guilt, and pride. Hester Prynne represents adultery, lying, and rejection, but at the same time, the author shows a woman that cares for the underprivileged and brings them clothing and food. Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale represents guilt, double life, and cowardice, but at the end, he is freed from these tribulations by confessing his sins. Roger Chillingworth represents pride and evil. He is a man with knowledge in medicine, but at the same time, he is a leech who lives with the pain and suffering of others and whose only purpose in life is to have revenge and hurt others in order to feel satisfaction. At the end, he dies because he no longer has a victim. Finally, the main idea of this story is that despite all the tribulations and trials that people live, they can emerge and be transformed into a new person only if they confess and repent of their

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