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The Characters' Sinful Nature Depicted In The Scarlet Letter

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In the novel “The Scarlet Letter” sin is the underlying theme. We can see that throughout the story, as we come to meet each character and learn about them as well, each character has a sin that afflicts their reputation and life within the novel. The main characters that are portrayed as having the biggest sins are: Hester Prynne, Rodger Chillingworth, and Reverend Dimmsdale. As we the reader progress through the story, we see just how sin affects a person while living in a Puritan society.
In the beginning of the story Hester Prynne is standing in public upon the scaffold, where people are sent to go stand for having committed sin. Upon Hester's chest a mark is seen, it is a scarlet “A”. We learn that the “A” stands for adulterer amongst the society. However, we can see that by being on the scaffold, Hester is being used as an example show people what happens as a result of sin, not only does moral decay of one's soul occur, but so does the public appearance and reputation of the person them selves occur. Throughout the next parts novel Hester is seen as being a prime example of sin in the society, and a way for people to blame their own faults on her, more so then repenting for themselves. As we read further into the story, Hester begins to learn from her “sin” and take it upon her self to grow from her mistakes, and better her self mentally and physically. We can see that Hester starts to help the poor and be more charitable, which in turn leads people to associate the “A” on Hester's chest to the word “Able” rather then “adulterer”. Sadly, even though people may now see Hester differently, she still grows from her original “sin” to better herself in many other ways throughout the novel.
The next character we see who is deeply involved in the sin of the novel is Roger Chillingworth. The sin of...

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