The Scarlet Letter Christian Hypocrisy

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“Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.” Luke 12:2. Here the Gospel Luke is explaining that the truth behind a person is always revealed. Those who pretend to be Christians will soon be brought to light and seen for who they really are. There are many Christians who do not comply with what the word of God says and try to hide their sin. According to Luke the Gospel, “Nothing can be covered up.” Usually, whenever they do not obey a certain commandment, or rule, they do it surreptitiously. In other words, they are not proud of what they have done so they try to hide it. Christianity has been visible in American literature since the formation of this country thus, Christian hypocrisy has also been…show more content…
In this American classic a young woman is condemned to a lifetime of humiliation for giving birth to an eccentric child out of wedlock. This novel has an ironic twist when the reader finds out Hester Prynne’s lover is the pastor who receives great adulation for his holiness. Reverend Dimmesdale is a romantic hero because he is very naive. He believes he can continue to do God’s work and still hide his sin of adultery with Hester Prynne. This highly praised Minister is the epitome of Christian hypocrisy because he does not practice what he preaches. Reverend Dimmesdale’s conscience ate him alive because he always had to be on his guard in order for no one to find out about his sin. He is afraid of his American Dream of prosperity and adulation to turn into an American Nightmare. In this case, his nightmare would be the reaction of the townspeople to his sin. He is afraid they will be able to see through him and be able to see the scarlet letter he will have to carry around forever. Just like in “The Crucible” the town is appalled when the truth is exposed to them. As literature has advanced and more ideologies come to into play, Christian Hypocrisy is still…show more content…
This Southern Christian family has lived in hardship always having to work hard just to make ends meet. They were living The American Experience because of all the hardships they have to endure in order to reach The American Dream. One of these hardships being poverty. The Youngers were very frugal, but when the family gets ten thousand dollars from insurance money, they go into chaos. The family begins to break apart, so much that when the wife finds out she is pregnant they converse about killing the child. In this literary work, Mrs. Johnson is a prime example of a Christian hypocrite. She blesses the Younger family in their new home, but the author states that she does not really mean it, she is just there for gossip. Every member of the family is sanguine, Mama will spend the insurance money on something which will benefit them. They each want to live the American Dream in their own way. Walter Lee wants to invest in a liquor store and Ruth wants a house. Modernism is a style that aims to break classical and traditional forms. The character who does this is Beneatha Younger. She openly tells her mother that she believes God gets too much for human accomplishments. This is something unacceptable to the Younger’s morals and lifestyle. Because of what Beneatha does, she is not a Christian Hypocrite. She is open about her beliefs and not worried about what society has to say about her and her beliefs.
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