In today’s society, humans look down on each other for their wrongdoings. These wrongs include adultery and acting as a coward. In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne depicts society’s oppressive actions toward Hester Prynne because she committed adultery; as well as Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale’s internal struggle against his own cowardliness. Hester is shunned and looked down upon because of her sin, just as women in today’s society are for committing the same act. Dimmesdale is petrified of speaking up and owning his wrongdoings; Dimmesdale sees himself as a coward, just as men in the same predicament feel.
Eventually she reveals the character that is more evil than her. “‘Be it sin or no,’ said Hester Prynne bitterly, as she still gazed after him, ‘I hate the man’... ’Yes, I hate him!’ repeated Hester, more bitterly than before. ‘He betrayed me!
Hawthorne wanted his readers to understand that two people who have sinned can seek forgiveness and receive it. Throughout the story many stereotypes are expressed and Hawthorne used the listed stereotypes to express the idea that all people, both pure of heart and evil of soul, commit sins. When Hester, a beautiful, young woman and Dimmesdale a minister have an affair, thus committing a sin, they both provide an example of a cliche that good people make poor decisions. Hawthorne used Hester and Dimmesdale as stereotypes to prove that all people, no matter the morale or disposition, commit
We are all flawed from O’Connor’s view. The essence of humanity is sin, everyone is a sinner. Apart from that, the moments of grace that O’Connor was referring to was the moment when her characters are stirred. According to Bible, “Until we see ourselves as sinners, we won’t recognize Christ as Savior” (Luke 5:31), I think this message is what O’Connor wanted to deliver through her stories; the moments of grace are when the characters realize they need grace, meaning that when the characters discern that they are also wrongdoer like the others who need to be forgiven. All should concede that they are smutty, rotten heathens who require grace before they can accept grace.
From the words that provide the perception of awe, ‘efficient,’ ‘mysterious,’and ‘awful,’ it depicts a sense of reverential respect yet incorporated fear within it. Although the purpose of the black veil was to expose the sinfulness of the Minister, it has not impede him from his duty but served as a motivation for the devoutness in his career. The awe tone employed further portrays how Hawthorne believes in the ‘educative effect of sin’ as opposed to the depraved effect on humans that Puritans believe sin would result. In this
The most important feature of a sermon is the application of a scripture text to the personal experience of the listener. Especially this last part is what reduced many of Edwards’s listeners to tears. In Edwards’s sermon the scripture text is “Their foot shall slide in due time”. This meant that eventually, all sinners would be punished by God, which could be at any time. Edwards speaks of a wrathfull God, a God who by Puritan standards is considered forgiving for not letting all of humanity fall into the deepest pits of hell.
Rhetorical Analysis Most people tend to believe that lying is a way of life, that without it the whole world could crumble and fall. While some tend to believe that any form of lying is a sin and there should be consequences. One author, Stephanie Ericsson, wrote “The Ways We Lie” published in 1993 she talks about how we all lie, it has become an everyday chore to make life easier. She begins by trying to strengthen the bond between the reader and writer showing how they are one of the same. She does this by referencing past experiences, adding informed opinions, and using quotes from other well acknowledged authors, her argument is strong throughout the whole article that lying isn’t just evil, it can be used for good when used the right way.
"This is the case that everyone one of you is out of Christ..." It is true, as according to the Puritan faith, that unconverted people will go to Hell." To further convince potential Puritans, he uses another logical appeal. Edwards points out something observable, that would seemingly contradict his assertion, and debunks it. “You probably are not sensible of this; you find you are kept out of Hell, but do not see the hand of God in it; but look at other things, as the good state of your bodily constitution, your care of your own life, and the means you use for your own preservation.
Equality suffers greatly from his cause. Equality’s cause is to be able to create an invention that will appease the council of scholars, and further the knowledge of the society. He also wants to use this as forgiveness for his sins. However despite Equality’s best intentions, he is persecuted for his individuality. “A street sweeper!
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, The Scarlet Letter, he explores the prodigy of love, crime, and revenge. It revolves around a sinful act of passion that impacts Hester Prynne, an adulteress forced to wear a scarlet letter “A”on her bosom; Reverend Dimmesdale, a respected minister in the puritans community; their daughter, Pearl; and Roger Chillingworth, Hester 's husband. Most of the characters portrayed can be analyzed as embodying both “good” and “evil” qualities. Dimmesdale is especially viewed as an ambiguous character. Dimmesdale’s moral ambiguity comes from his internal conflict between his devotion to the church and the guilt he feels for not receiving blame for his sinful act of co-adultery with Hester.
God has a right to be angry at the human world. Humans make mistakes left and right, but we don’t sin in purpose. God forgives us for our sins, but the Author of “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” said something different. Jonathan Edwards told many that even the smallest sin, even a sin that can easily be set right, deserves the same punishment as killing someone.
This shows a lesson in compassion which is another reason why she is a good mother figure for the kids. Another example of her thoughtfulness is when she purposely talks different in church. Since the members of Calpurnia’s church are not properly educated she does not want them to feel subordinate. She talks in a way that is normal to the members. One more reason Calpurnia is a better mother figure is because she brings Jem and Scout up just a little harder than a mother would.
The scarlet letter begins its role as a symbol in the novel by bearing a penal meaning, as a punishment for an adulterer. The scarlet letter initially manifested itself as the embodiment of sin. If the sacred command, “Thou shalt not commit adultery” did not exist the rest of Hester’s existence would completely change and the sin would disappear. But alas, for Hester the strict puritan community forces her to wear the scarlet letter. Consequently, she must bear with her the association between the ornate fabric has: “The magistrates are God-fearing gentlemen, but merciful overmuch,—that is a truth," added a third autumnal matron.
These beliefs depend on a fear of God rather than sole worship, as He is portrayed to be a spiteful, all-powerful being. In my teaching, the fear of God was not placed within me. Instead, a deeper trust in God’s saving powers was instilled upon my beliefs, which attempted to draw belief from love rather than fear. God was portrayed as an all-loving being attempting to free us from the control of sin, which quite evidently contradicts the image of a vengeful God. Religion has shaped the way the
She is described as one, “who is so kind to the poor, so helpful to the sick, so comforting to the afflicted”(Hawthorne, 159). In fact, because of this, people started to change their interpretation of the scarlet letter from its original meaning. “They said that it meant ‘Able’, so strong was Hester Prynne, with a woman’s strength”(Hawthorne, 158). However, because of Puritan law, no good deed can can make up for her sin. So though her community may be acknowledging her good work, people can technically only forgive her in the silence of their own hearts, for in Puritan society, that letter will forever leave a mark of shame on her.