The Guilty Party

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The Guilty Party


The Scarlet Letter is a wonderful and not so traditional example of the good versus evil
theme. What makes this a unique instance of good versus evil is that either side could be
considered either one. Hester could very easily have been deduced as evil, or the "bad
guy," as she was by the townspeople. That is, she was convicted of adultery, a horrible
sin of the time. As for punishment, a sentence to wear a scarlet "A" upon her chest, it
would hardly be considered a burden or extreme sentence in present day. Another sin that
Hester committed was the fact that she never told who the father of her child, Pear,
forcing her to be without a father. Hester's silence also caused Dimmesdale to live in
torture every day. Chillingsworth was also hurt by Hester's act of adultery and because of
her, his life was destroyed and the only thing he could do was seek revenge against the
man who had been with her.


Hester's child Pearl had to be raised by only one parent and that caused the child to be
less disciplined and more outrageous making the townspeople more suspicious of who the
child's father was. It also caused the religious leaders to wonder about the religious
stability of the child, and if there might be witchcraft involved, "The little baggage
have witchcraft in her"(p112).


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