Scarlet Letter- Sin Isolates the Sinner

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Maddie George
10/7/12
1st hour
Scarlet Letter
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, Scarlet Letter, he tells the story of a sinner, Hester Prynne. Hester has committed adultery and now has a child as a result of her sin. Hester has naturally put herself aside from the other puritan members of the community. She has mostly secluded herself from the puritan women of the town. Hester endures many issues involving Reverend Dimmesdale, who later find out is her fellow sinner in committing adultery. She also has many encounters with Roger Chillingworth. Roger Chillingworth turns out to be Hester’s husband who has followed her back to New England from Europe. Hester has a child names Pearl, who is often looked upon by the community as a devil child. Pearl is frowned upon because she was born as a result of a sin that is deeply disapproved in the Puritan religion. Pearl is also sought out to be a devil child because she denies having a “heavenly father”, which also goes against the puritan faith. Chillingworth is in disguise, not letting the town know he is the husband of the adulterer, because he wishes to seek revenge on Hester’s partner in crime. Chillingworth eventually realizes that Dimmesdale is both Hester’s sinner and Pearl’s earthly father. Later in the novel, Dimmesdale admits to the community of committing the sin with Hester and dies from the guilt wearing him down. Within a year of Dimmesdale’s death Chillingworth has nothing to live for and also passes. Pearl and Hester grow together until Hester dies of simply old age. Hawthorne demonstrates how Hester Prynne is a victim of sin, and therefore becomes isolated as a result of sin.

Hawthorne shows the development of Hester Prynne and how she is physically isolated throughout the novel. Hester is physically isolated at the beginning of the novel when she is brought onto the scaffold in the market place. On her should the embroidery on her clothing is described as “fine red cloth with and elaborate embroidery...
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