Scarlet Letter Sinful Quotes

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Avenging and vengeful is the man who is wronged! This statement could be applied to several characters throughout the novel The Scarlet Letter, written by American author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Sinful acts are inflicted upon many of the minute cast of characters, which impose a riveting journey for the reader to endure. Even more so are the reactions these prominent characters have toward their anguish and adversities as they heave themselves into the depths of solitariness, self-inflicted agony, and woe. Among these richly intriguing personalities is the town’s sinful stain, Hester Prynne, who has committed adultery; the demon-child, Pearl, who was a product to her mother’s adultery; the unholy clergyman, Arthur Dimmesdale, the other adulterer; and the implacable Doctor, Roger Chillingworth. Each of these individuals is subject to being exiled from either their position in society or their status of wearing a golden halo. Yet, there is a character who never wore a ring of purity and aspired to be a prominent figure …show more content…

As stated by Hester, he is a reserved scholar. He is also stated to not be inherently cruel in the duration of having an unproblematic marriage with Hester. Upon arriving in the town he originally meant to intercept months prior, the physician is met with his wife, standing on a scaffold. Marinating in her shame and putrid sin is Hester Prynne for all to see. Before modern times, women were a reflection of their husbands, especially in the days of the Puritans. Thus, the Prynne name is stained, and with a scarlet color in the shape of an “A” for Adultery. His initial response is one of revulsion, “A writhing horror twisted itself across his features, like a snake gliding swiftly over them,” (Hawthorne 58). Chillingworth is revolted beyond measure; his once pure wife has tainted herself and his name crimson with

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