Scarlet Letter Argumentative Essay

This essay has a total of 440 words and 2 pages.

Scarlet Letter


Nathaniel Hawthorne was a truly outstanding author. His detailed descriptions and imagery
will surely keep people interested in reading The Scarlet Letter for years to come. In
writing this book he used themes evident throughout the entirety of the novel. These
themes are illustrated in what happens to the characters and how they react. By examining
how these themes affect the main characters, Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth, one
can obtain a better understanding of what Hawthorne was trying to impress upon his
readers.

The first theme expressed in The Scarlet Letter is that even well meaning deceptions and
secrets can lead to destruction. Dimmesdale is a prime example of this; he meant well by
concealing his secret relationship with Hester, however, keeping it bound up was
deteriorating his health. Over the course of the book this fact is made to stand out by
Dimmesdale's changing appearance. Over the course of the novel Dimmesdale becomes more
pale, and emaciated. Hester prevents herself from suffer the same fate. She is open about
her sin but stays loyal to her lover by not telling who is the father of Pearl. Hester
matures in the book; becomes a stronger character.

The fact that revenge destroys both the victim and the seeker is another theme presented
in the Scarlet Letter. Dimmesdale is the victim of Chillingworth's revenge upon Hester and
whoever her lover happened to be. Dimmesdale, beside his self-inflicted harm was also not
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