An Evaluation of Adulterous Sins in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Scarlet Letter- Results of Sin
By: Alan Eugene Sims, Jr.
There are many methods to interpret literature. Nathaniel Hawthorne is usually considered
a very influential author of the American Transcendentalist period; his writing
deals a whole lot with the Puritan moments, including his popular novel, The Scarlet
Letter. The Scarlet Letter handles the adulterous sin of Hester Prynne
and Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, the vengeance of Roger Chillingsworth, and
the townspeople's frame of mind towards Hester and her girl Pearl. Sin can
be categorized many ways, but most of all, you need to remember that
bad things always develop from sin. The actual fact that Hester and the minister
sinned resulted in the townspeople looking straight down on Hester and Pearl, while Reverend
Dimmesdale concealed his criminal offense of interest making Hester's scarlet letter
'A' the central symbol of the novel.
As the persons of Boston scrutinized Hester and Pearl, their devotion to the