Essay on The Scarlet Letter 2

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The Scarlet Letter 2


The Scarlet Letter
In the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne three main characters are taught
that they are forced to live with the mistakes they have made. 'One must be response for
his/her own actions and be willing to accept the consequences of those actions.'; Hester,
Dimmesdale and Chillingworth must all face these 'consequences.'; If you do something in
life and you know its wrong that means yu are willing to accept the consequences.

Hester knows she has done something wrong. She has committed a sin and knows she will be
punished for it. She is punished by being forced to wear the letter 'A'; on her bust and
never remove it and to also stand in front of everyone on the scaffold in the center of
town. She is reminded of her sins because of her daughter who was a result of the affair.
She sees her everyday and cherishes every moment she has with her. They try to take Pearl
away but Hester will not allow them to.

Dimmesdale has also committed adultery with Hester. As a result he is forced to keep this
secret deep with in. His punishments are for it to eat him alive and slowly tear away at
his heart until he is actually dead. He knew what he did is wrong he just could not tell
anyone because he was ashamed of it, but this is not saying that he's not in love with
Hester because that's why it happened. That is his second punishment being denied the wish
of spending the rest of their lives together.
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