Throughout the story, Chillingworth’s sin of anger leads to more human-detested sin. Chillingworth’s sin is of a different nature. Chillingworth commits the sin of revenge without any sympathy. His sin demoralizes him and turns him into a devil. While in prison Hester asks her husband, “Art thou like the Black Man that haunts the forest round about us?” (Hawthorne 488).
Dimmesdale’s Punishment in The Scarlet Letter Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, a brilliant spokesperson and a devout and wise Puritan minister in Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, is the lover of a woman who commits adultery, Hester Prynne. Hester, a recognizable adulteress, wears the scarlet letter and lives as an outcast. Contradicting, Reverend Dimmesdale’s sin stays hidden from the Puritan community, known only to Hester and himself. As a minister, Dimmesdale believes he should suffer from punishments the way Hester did for committing the same crime, which leads him to fall into a terrible mental and physical state. Reverend Dimmesdale suffers a greater punishment than Hester by experiencing recurring guilt, physical harm, and Chillingworth’s torment.
Adultery, being a sin forbidden expressly in the seventh holy commandment, was a crime that was regarded with great shame from the community, as well as the disapproval from God. It was a transgression that not only betrayed the faith of a spouse, but one that demonstrated the priority of an individual (the sinner) over another. Proctor, in his weakness, betrayed his faithfulness to his wife Elizabeth and indulged in an affair with Abigail. Proctor notified Abigail that he will not falter again, telling her “Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut off my hand before I‘ll ever reach for you again.
Iago believes he has to destroy Othello, because he believes that Othello committed adultery with his wife, Emilia. This ironically is a lie. Othello finally does fall victim to Iago’s lies and Othello’s future actions are dictated by lies- ultimately proving Iago’s plan to work. Iago states, “And practising upon his peace and quiet/ Even to madness” (II.1. 310-311).
In obedience to God, Hosea married Gomer. His relationship with her, her adultery, and their children became living prophetic examples to Israel. With Gomer, Hosea had a son named Jezreel, whose name means "god sows," and a daughter named Lo-rhamah, which means "unloved." In this personally painful experience of marriage to a woman of bad name, Hosea discerns the message that God considers the people of Israel unfaithful to the covenant of the Hebrew people to
Power leads to the corruption of values, as shown by the Gilead setting, the Aunts’ character, and the use of Offred’s first person narrative. In the Gilead setting, the powerful leaders of the society twist both Biblical and secular values to justify their rules and actions. The Handmaids often use the phrase which says “Give me children, or else I die” (Atwood 61). This is a phrase the Handmaids have learned from the Gilead society leaders. It has been cherry-picked from a Bible story in which a sterile woman named Rachel begs her husband for children, using that phrase to express her sorrow.
In Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter, a women, Hester Pryne, who lives in the village becomes pregnant after her husband allegedly passes away. In the puritan community, this is a sin of adultery and Hester is brought to the scaffold in front of the entire village to be shamed. By the middle of the novel, it is realized that Arthur Dimmesdale is the father of Pearl, Hester’s baby. Roger Chillingworth comes back and conceives the idea of Dimmesdale being the father and starts his vengeance. In Hawthorne’s the Scarlet Letter, Chillingworth and Dimmesdale differ in their personalities, their positions in the village, and their relationship with Hester.
Despite the need for a constant principle of the Puritan life which included the need to purify and cleanse the church of all sin, John Proctor’s affair with Abigail Williams leads him to restrain from questioning and accusing others due to his extensive guilt and hypocrisy, while in contrary Abigail amplifies her sin by using her interminable love for John Proctor to manipulate the court and create a witchcraft hysteria in the town of Salem, in which many innocent people were accused. Although the affair has greatly affected both Abigail and John Proctor’s lives, there is no greater destruction that dwells upon them than the culmination of sin that their affair creates in opposition to the principles of the
In The Crucible, a drama by Arthur Miller, John Proctor demonstrates courage by speaking out for what he believes in while knowing his consequences, admitting his wrong doings with Abigail to save Elizabeth’s life, and choosing to be hanged over having his name posted on the church door because the second his signed confession is posted, his and his loved ones reputations will be ruined. In the beginning of the play all John Proctor cared about was his reputation. However, ultimately he sacrificed his reputation by telling the court he committed adultery. John telling the court he was guilty ruined his reputation, which made all hell break loose. He explains to the court that Abigail is involved with his crime, adultery.
This ‘injustice,’ which is a synonym for unfairness, can be caused by something as simple as race or gender and can be found in all parts of history. In the book The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the main protagonist, Hester Prynne, faces multiple accounts of injustice towards her and her child because Hester cheated on her husband with another man. In the beginning scene, she receives her punishment for this by being forced to stand on a scaffold with her child for everyone to look at with the scarlet letter ‘A’ embroidered on her chest. The crowd is so outraged at her adultery that one woman is heard saying “this woman brought shame upon us all, and ought to die” (Hawthorne). Further in the book, the townspeople continuously refer to Hester’s child, Pearl, as a ‘devil child,’ constantly connecting her to her mothers sin.