What Are The Paradoxes In The Scarlet Letter

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In the novel The Scarlet Letter, the novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote about the corruption in the Puritan community during the mid 1600s. “Even though they believed they could not earn salvation by righteousness, they rigorously sought to be righteous.”(“About the Novel” 8). Appalled by their tenets he wrote The Scarlet Letter to demonstrate how there were a number of paradoxes within them and their lifestyles. In particular, Hawthorne focused on adultery, a very scandalous topic to the Puritans. Before the Scarlet Letter begins, Hester Prynne and Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale have committed adultery. Resulting in Hester having to wear a scarlet letter over her breast while Dimmesdale kept it a secret. Arthur Dimmesdale suffered more than Hester
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