The Battle for the Scarlet Letter Essay

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The Battle for the Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is, on many levels, a struggle between good and
evil. Each character falls on the spectrum of good and evi. Arthur Dimmesdale, an agent of
God, is the town's most respected reverend. He is a deeply moral man who regrets the sins
he has committed. He practices self-mutilation to punish himself for an affair with a
married woman, Hester Prynne. Hester wears the Scarlet Letter, said to be the mark of the
Black Man, as a punishment for her sin. Pearl, her daughter, asks her mother, "IS there
such a Black Man? And didst thou ever meet him? And is this his mark?" (170)


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