Scarlet Letter Compare And Contrast Essay

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Evolution is defined as a “process of change” and sin leads to changes in a person’s life. Hester Prynne was guilty of adultery. She committed the sin with Arthur Dimmesdale. In addition, Hester wears a scarlet letter in the form of an A on her dress as a sign of shame, but Dimmesdale has a burnt A on his chest, that is not visible to the public. Although they bear some minor similarities, the differences between Hester’s and Dimmesdale’s responses to their guilt are pronounced. Dimmesdale dealt with the shame in very peculiar ways. He puts his hand on his chest and at some point in the story, he fasts. He created his own hell. Furthermore, he hid the truth from everyone. This is because Dimmesdale wanted to maintain his positon in society. Over time, this causes him to fall apart physically and spiritually. Dimmesdale only…show more content…
She is brave and does not deny that she sinned. She realizes that she needs to let go of the misery that the scarlet letter has brought upon her. Rather than letting it define her, Hester uses the letter. She helps out in the community. It does not define who she is. The differences between Dimmesdale and Hester can be seen throughout the book, The Scarlet Letter. For instance, Hester accepts her sin and punishment and works past it. On the other hand, Dimmesdale, feels more and more guilty and eventually dies because of it. Dimmesdale suffered more internally and Hester suffered more socially. Hester makes most of the sin. Hester and Dimmesdale can be compared and contrasted in the way they handled their scarlet letters. While Hester is stubborn, Dimmesdale is extremely cautious. Hester and Dimmesdale both committed a sin and were affected by that sin greatly. Additionally, keeping a secret from others can be a sneaky task and may turn out bad for an individual. This action can result in someone paying the ultimate price. “She loved him and he loved her but it wasn’t that
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