Topics: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Nathaniel Hawthorne Pages: 3 (1059 words) Published: December 16, 2012
Cassie Kit
Miss Crombar
English III B6
14 November 2012
Scars of Hypocrites

A scar marks a story whether it is physical or mental it is a sign of damage or injury, either to the skin or to the soul. Look closely and everyone you meet contains their own scars which tell their own story. To where these scars originate depends on the circumstance, each have stories marked by their scars created by a series of events resulting from simply being alive. In the stories that Nathaniel Hawthorne and Arthur Miller have created; The scarlet Letter, and The Crucible- in this puritanism era the scars that Puritan hypocrisy creates is extremely evident.

Hypocrisy: n the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform. Hypocrisy: An act in which many puritans in The Scarlet Letter partake in. Hypocrite: Dimmesdale. Throughout the story Hester is dehumanized for her sin, while Dimmesdale is still thought to be the "almighty" minister. In the first scaffold scene he states, “That and thy repentance, may avail to take the scarlet letter off thy breast” (Hawthorne 62). Essentially telling Hester that just the deed of telling everyone her adulterous partner in itself is enough repentance to remove the scarlet letter, therefore removing the sin and scar. Which either Dimmesdale does not believe or simply justifies his hypocrisy further.-add sentence about repentance && how D. talks to townspeople about sin-- Later Hester and Dimmesdale are privately speaking about repentance and how Dimmesdale has fasted, repented, and continuously lived on in a life enveloped by guilt for seven years, he deserves to consider himself forgiven. He still states , “No, Hester, no!’ Replied the clergyman. ‘There is no substance in it! It is cold and dead, and can do nothing for me” (Hawthorne 180). In essence Dimmesdale is saying No, I can’t be forgiven nothing I do is worthy of forgiveness. – does he not want his scar to go away?...
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