Chillingworth came back into town and learned his wife had conceived a child with someone. He then made up his mind to find the other adulterer and seek revenge on him. When Chillingworth learned that Dimmesdale was the other adulterer, he did everything he could to make Dimmesdale feel worse. This crime was directed at causing pain and suffering to another, making this a terrible sin (“Who”). Chillingworth and Dimmesdale committed two completely different sins.
Certain crimes such as: Adultery, Murder and Theft, during the Puritan era were always diagnosed as inhumane and ruined a person's reputation, despite any attempt of redemption. Proctor’s crime of adultery is a key element in the starting of the salem witch trials and the devastating end. Proctors situation alternates throughout the novel consistently by other villagers and even Proctor himself. His crime at first is tried to be subdued by himself then it is later used as evidence in a trial and finally it is used as a confession however it ultimately is not believed. To begin Proctor first tries to hide is crime from the other villagers however Abigail seems to want to expose their relationship.
Hawthorne is not as straight forward with this symbol as he is in “The Birthmark”, but it is still a strong symbol when examined closely. The members of Reverend Hooper’s church are under the impression that he has committed an awful crime and is concealing a secret sin. Readers are comfortable believing his because of Hawthorne’s footnote in the original text concerning the Reverend Joseph Moody who wore a black veil after killing a dear friend (Hawthorne 8). The secret sin in “The Minister’s Black Veil” is an affair he had with the young woman who they laid to rest, and that he could have something to do with her death. The veil makes its first appearance on the day of her funeral, and Reverend Hooper says that it is a sign of mourning, but mourning who?
This was the most significant event in this book that showed lies and deceit. This also broke Eric and Arthur because now they have to go to jail and have lost the trust and admiration of everyone in lake Windsor downs, this also happens at the time that Paul’s grandparents show up for a visit. This was just like what happened ten years ago but instead of Grandpa asking Paul what's wrong with his eyes he asks eric and whispers him something when he
This story has a protagonist who wants to break free, this is a common characteristic of Romantic stories. Other characteristics include having a character going against the establishment which can be clearly seen by how Mr. Hooper was made an outcast and harassed by his people. For example, In the story when the narrator says " Old Squire Saunders, doubtless by an accidental lapse of memory, neglected to invite Mr.Hooper to his table..."(Hawthorn 5). This demonstrates how Mr. Hooper is an outcast because he is wearing a black veil. He struggled with his secret sin and was alone most of his life due to everyone being against his beliefs .
He knows what is right and wrong but one example has been haunting him in his life. Now in a Puritan society, sin had to have been confessed publicly and they must bear their shame. This however goes against what the Word actually says and this is what created Arthur Dimmesdale as a character. He most likely has already repented to God but his guilt will not leave until he confesses it to his congregation and it leads him to other “ways” of repentance. Being reminded of his guilt 24/7 causes his his health to deteriorate to the point of death, possibly alluding to the fact that the wages of sin are death.
Thus, this theme of light against darkness was seen throughout the entire novel due to various character’s problems with deciding what was good and evil to themselves and to the society. After it was discovered that Hester committed adultery and she was sentenced to her punishment, her beauty almost immediately deteriorated. Her hair was pulled back and hidden under a bonnet unlike its past looseness. The townspeople did not view Hester as an evil person, but her sin made her hide her light from everyone. The sun was used to describe the goodness and pureness a character has.
The effects of the tragic flaw gave bitterness between John and his wife, the truth of his adultery to his former house servant, Abigail Williams, and his execution leading him to become a tragic hero. The first paragraph demonstrates how John and his wife have bitterness in their relationship due to John’s tragic flaw. The second paragraph shows John Proctor confesses to having committed adultery with Abigail Williams, in order to save his wife and friends being tried for witchcraft. The third paragraph explains John Proctor’s death. The Crucible the story brought by love, betrayal and moral lessons, for those who have read this novel have been mind-blown and shocked through most of the entire
Once Ben began to talk to Dallas Susuki it wasn’t long till he fell in love with her, even though she confessed to him that she was raped and already had a son. After Dallas told Ben this secret Ben contemplated telling Dallas about his disease but he still refused to tell her. Eventually Ben told Dallas and she became very angry at him. “I couldn’t imagine you’d like me… knowing I was dying made me brave” (254). Dallas then made Ben leave his house because she was so angry that he hid this secret for so long.
Grendel by John Gardner has captured the attention of all who have read it and expresses the eventual loss of Grendel’s innocence. Grendel is depicted as a mass murderer in the original Anglo-Saxon epic poem and under normal circumstances one would not second guess that Grendel’s death was well deserved. However, opinions may change when one discovers that the monster is unaware of morals or has dealt with issues that corrupt his innocence. Grendel grew up lonely and his childhood was rather negative, ultimately changing his views of the world. In Chapter two Grendel wondered all the way to the human world where he ended up getting stuck in a tree.