Rhetorical Analysis In The Scarlet Letter

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Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth all have sinned, although the question remains at the end of the book, has God forgiven the characters? Hawthorne writes where each side can be defended with points but the forgiven side exceeds the unforgiven. Whether or not from a biblical standpoint or an allegorical standpoint, there are a few signs in which the answer can be concluded. With all outlooks on the book and the story that it tells, they are forgiven. In the very beginning of the Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne presents the readers with a scene with the tone, at first, of a gloomy and drowsy prison door, but then the tone seems to change a bit as Hawthorne introducing the rose bush by the prison door. “It may serve, let us hope, to symbolize some sweet moral blossom, that may be found along the track.” (Chapter 1; The Prison Door. Line 19) The rose bush is part…show more content…
Throughout the story, Dimmesdale says quite often, “No kissing in the marketplace.” That seems to have importance to Dimmesdale that it does not happen. At the end of the book, as Pearl, Hester, and Dimmesdale and stand upon the scaffold, Dimmesdale asks for a kiss from his daughter. Pearl leans in to kiss him and it saids “A spell was broken.” That quote is parallel to saying that the sin was forgiven. Pearl acts as conscience and the guiltiness that the cowardly Dimmesdale presented throughout the story and even bigger allegorically when you take this into account. Dimmesdale finally confesses to the townspeople, himself, and probably in his mind God. He takes into consideration his “family” and he confesses for the better of him and his family. The confession, although, is going to improve more than his own inner self. Almost like as Dimmesdale stared into the face of God, his sins were
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