The Nature Of Sin Essay

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“Oh no!” Joey thought as he watched the baseball he just threw, crash into the window. Joey knew the right thing to do would be to tell his parents what he had done, but he decided to keep it a secret. Overtime, guilt got to him and he confessed to his parents. It turned out that the punishment was not as bad as he had expected. Joey’s story is very similar to the stories present in the Scarlet Letter because they both show the effects of concealed and public sin. Readers may find that the Scarlet Letter contains a lot of symbols that have an important role throughout the novel, that contribute to one of the main themes that it is better to admit to your sins and to live out the given punishment. The symbols that I have chosen to look at will help show the effects of both concealed sin and public sin. Hawthorne focuses on the sin of those who conceal or reveal it. Dimmesdale’s “A” represents his guilt that results in him becoming physically ill. The scaffold represents the public exposure of Hester’s sin. Lastly, Pearl represents the outcome of sin. He goes to show that concealed sin is hard to live with.
The first symbol that has importance that is being investigated is Dimmesdale’s “A”. Dimmesdale got his “A” from the extreme guilt of his concealed sin. “The physician advanced directly in front of his patient laid his hand on his bosom, and thrust aside the vestment, that hitherto, had always covered it even from the professional eye. Then, indeed, Mr. Dimmesdale shuddered and slightly stirred” (135). This shows Dimmesdale is hiding a sin of great guilt because he is keeping it concealed from others. “In Mr.Dimmesdale’s closet, under lock and key, there was a bloody scourge” (141). Dimmesdale has been punishing himself as penance for his concealed sin instead of admitting it to the public. Readers make the inference that if he was not hiding anything then there would be no need for the gesture of grabbing his heart and wincing or the...

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