Guilt In The Scarlet Letter

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Guilt is the fact of having committed a specified or implied offense or crime. We all have quilt weather it be from something we did or just having a nervous conscious. Guild is something that all human beings have and or will have to deal with. Hawthorne did a good job describing different scenes with how guilt was affecting the character at a specific time. In The Scarlet Letter, guilt is found variously throughout the book. Hawthorne uses guild to show the effect it has on certain characters and how they cope with it. Hester carries her guilt with her throughout the entire book. From the beginning of the story it was apparent she was carrying such stressful weight with her. “On the breast of her gown, in fine red cloth, surrounded with …show more content…

Throughout the book everyone had quilt of their own, everyone got it out in different ways. For example when Dimmesdale was on the scaffold basically crying for help from Hester he said “Come up hither, Hester, thou and little Pearl…. Ye have both been here before, but I was not with you. Come up hither once again, and we will stand all three together!” Hawthorne (12:140). This was the first step in releasing his own personal guilt. Dimmesdale felt terrible for the fact that he did not confess at the beginning of the book so he thought he would apologize now for all he had made them go through. This was not all that Dimmesdale had to do, it was building up to his public confession. Dimmesdale had announced that he was truly the father of Pearl and he admitted to be the other adulter. After doing so Hester had a very heavy weight taken off herself, and later on people started to appreciate her again. At the sight of Hester people would rejoice and would say “Do you see that woman with the embroidered badge? They would say too the strangers. “It is our Hester the town's own Hester, who is so kind to the poor, so helpful to the sick, so comfortable to the afflicted!” Hawthorne (13). This was all a very special gift to Hester, once being the towns shun now being known for her heroic deeds. Hester transformed into someone everybody learned to love, her prayers had been answered. “Heaven would show mercy” rejoined Hester, “Hadst thou but the strength to take advantage of it” Hawthorne

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