Effect of Sin and the Chance of Redemption Sin is a powerful action that has an everlasting consequence of guilt. Once done, the person wants to forget about his felonious actions; however, hopefully a person’s conscience is a constant, nagging reminder. In order to be free of the constant pain, redemption is pursued for even the person who sinned in public or private. In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne proves that the truth of sin eventually need to be confronted in order for a person to stop suffering.
The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne utilizes the scarlet letter as a symbol of punishment for Hester Prynne's sin and the ability of redemption. The scarlet "A" has many different meanings that can help and hinder the overall message. Firstly, the scarlet letter on Hester's garments symbolizes Hester's adultery and her sin in the Puritan Community, but she embroiders it with gold thread to show the possibility for beauty to emerge from her sin. She wears the letter constantly as punishment and a reminder for her sin. As the novel progresses, the letter turns Hester into an advocate for Puritan Society, because she becomes more involved in the community.
This takes a toll on his physical being. While Hester openly wears the scarlet “A” on her chest, and deals with the scorn and scrutiny of the community, Chillingworth hides his revenge. This hidden agenda, this anger, this hatred only serves to hurt him in the
Sin is inevitable. Every person sins, one way or another. Sinning is impossible to avoid even with “practice.” “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne shows readers that. Goodman Brown wants to believe he is a good man, and perhaps he is; but he is tempted by sin all the same.
The characters in these two readings also have a similar attitude towards their behavior and don’t take responsibility for their actions instead they make excuses. Francesca in Dante's
In his novel“The Scarlet Letter the symbolic significance of the Scarlet Letter, Dimmesdale and Pearl to contribute to the theme of guilt. First, Hawthorne uses the symbol of the Scarlet Letter to contribute to his theme of guilt. He makes the Scarlet Letter stand for secret sin like Hester’s. Her scarlet letter stands for her sin of adultery.
Hester Prynne is one character who makes a mistake that leads her to experience the hate and embarrassment that comes with it. Along with the severe consequences, Hester is able to find the good that comes from her transgression. Arthur Dimmesdale deals with the guilt from his sin in a different way and ends up in a very different situation than Hester. In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne uses Pearl, Hester 's daughter, to symbolize how the effects of guilt and sin have a dual nature. Pearl demonstrates how the effects of sin have a positive outcome on Hester.
The philosophic position the Misfit unknowingly gives voice to in rationalizing his actions is that he is a victim of the circumstances happened to him. As mentioned on page 972, the Misfit says, “I never was a bad boy that I remember of.” The Misfit believes he was innocent and still had to serve time in a penitentiary. The atmosphere of the penitentiary was so traumatic that he lost his innocence and turned into a criminal. When the Misfit says that Jesus has thown everything off balance.
Sakshi Verman Ms Kanika Dang English Thesis Paper 27th November, 2015 Khaled Hosseini explores the theme of sin and atonement in "The Kite Runner" It is human nature to sin but it is also the responsibility of humans to redeem those sins. According to Li Cunxin, redemption means "The salvation or deliverance from sin or evil of human being" (Li Cunxin, Levy93's Blog). For redemption, it is necessary for an individual to confront their sin.
Amir’s simple view of sin leads him to believe in revenge as repentance, he begs for “the punishment I (he) craved” from Hassan only to be greeted by cold rhetoric. The internal conflict he feels leads him to further commit acts of sin, he plants his “new watch and handful of Afghan bills” beneath Hassan’s mattress, a form of escapism from his guilt and shame. Hosseini anthropomorphises Amir as “the snake in the grass” and “monster in the lake”, creatures associated with deception and betrayal, conveying to the reader the depth of Amir’s morality. Sin in Amir’s life is not limited to his personal actions, his father for his words “when you lie, you steal
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale commits a mortal sin by having an affair with a married woman, Hester Prynne. As a man of the cloth in Puritan society, Dimmesdale is expected to be the embodiment of the town’s values. He becomes captive to a self-imposed guilt that manifests from affair and his fear that he won’t meet the town’s high expectations of him. In an attempt to mitigate this guilt, Dimmesdale acts “piously” and accepts Chillingworth’s torture, causing him to suffer privately, unlike Hester who repented in the eyes of the townspeople. When Dimmesdale finally reveals his sin to the townspeople, he is able to free himself from his guilt.
Arthur Dimmesdale is a very important character in The Scarlet Letter. He is the highly respected reverend of what is now present-day Boston; they called their little town the Massachusetts bay colony. Throughout The Scarlet Letter, Dimmesdale embodies a secret that the audience quickly finds out in the beginning of the novel. He has committed adultery with Hester Prynne. Dimmesdale is guilt-ridden because of the sin he committed with Hester.
guilt reflected by the letter’s nearness can only be achieved by the will of God, in contrast with Hester’s letter which only reaches her chest. Dimmesdale’s affliction resulting from his guiltiness affirms that the letter’s proximity reflects his guilt. “Gnawed and tortured” while “suffering under bodily disease,” Dimmesdale’s guilt subjects him to a wild and bestial pain (128). This intense suffering stems from “some black trouble of the soul” due to the darkness of his guilt spiritually afflicting him and perpetually agitating his heart. What is bothering him is tied to a spiritual level, expressing the idea that in a way the trouble has darkened his spirit.
Consequently, Arthur Dimmesdale is the cause of Hester Prynne's shame for he is the man whom Hester loves. No one knows he is the father of Pearl, Hester won't say and he isn't strong enough to speak up. He struggles with this knowledge that Hester is being punished and not him. The only truth that continued to give Mr. Dimmesdale a real existence on this earth was the anguish in his inmost soul, and the undissembled expression of it in his aspect, (Hawthorne 142). Being a minister of God the citizens look up to him, and he feels guilty about his hidden sin.
Hidden vs Expressed Sin Destroyed from the outside in or suffering for years on end; neither represents a favorable consequence, but one can lead to a rebirth. Consequences of sin can vary, because hidden sin and exposed sin express themselves in different ways. Hidden sin can eat away at a person, while expressed sin rehabilitates a lost soul. In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, two main characters, Dimmesdale and Hester, demonstrate their own dealings with sin. The two had committed adultery, but only Hester’s sin revealed itself to the community.