"The Scarlet Letter", By Hawthorne And How It Relates To The Quote From Young Goodman Brown "Evil Is The Nature Of Mankind

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Evil in the Heart of Man"Evil is the nature of mankind," says the devil in the supernatural tale of 'Young Goodman Brown,' which is written by one of the first men to publish a book based on symbolism. This man is named Nathaniel Hawthorne, whom is most famous for writing the masterpiece, The Scarlet Letter. This quote that Hawthorne has put into "Young Goodman Brown," reflects his deeper meaning and the whole plot of the fore-mentioned, The Scarlet Letter. In this novel, there are three main characters who commit evil and sinful acts, but each act is at a different degree of sinfulness (i.e. the sins get worse as the story goes a-long). These three sinners [in the eyes of the Puritan ...view middle of the document...

Arthur Dimmesdale; a strong pillar of the community, and a very devoted Puritan, what could he do that is worse than young Hester Prynne's appalling act of adultery? Well he goes a little further into the same sin; first of all, he commits adultery with the abandoned Hester, and instead of admitting his sin to the public, he keeps his dark secret in his heart, much like an unwanted reminder of the past that you would put in the closet to hide, but it you always know it's still there. The only thing worse in the Puritans' eyes than committing a terrible sin, is keeping the sin from being admitted. They believed it darkened the soul, and it did; it almost turned Dimmesdale into an evil shell of a man. The Puritans also wanted the sinning people of the congregation to admit their sin, so that they could punish that person, almost as if they were playing God. Dimmesdale did get punished, but it was in private. First he punishes himself by whipping himself, then he allows Chillingworth to torment him with comments that make him feel guilty until the point of going crazy.Dimmesdale is also an evil man because he is a man of God, but cannot bring up the strength to admit openly that he has had an affair with Hester. His weakness is the reason he is more evil than Hester. Dimmesdale doesn't want to admit that he sinned against God, whom he is usually such a great servant to. Dimmesdale strives to be perfect, but because of the sinful act of passion that he has committed, his "record for God" has been tarnished forever. After seven long years of struggle though, Dimmesdale does triumph over his weakness, at the day he predicted, the day he would die; judgment day.Finally, the deformed scholar, whose intellect gives him the title of the most evil and sinful person in the book, Roger Chillingworth. At first Chillingworth seem to be more sinned against than a sinner, after all, he was held captive by the Indians for a year, and then returns to civilization and sees his wife standing on the town scaffold telling him to pretend he doesn't know her. By mid-way through the novel, the audience's view of the character changes dramatically. The major turning point is when we find...

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