Admitting Guilt Essay

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Alex Koran Mr. Simon English 11 CP 15 January 2013 Admitting Guilt “Those who admit that they are guilty are like the public sinners...of whom Our Lord said, “Amen, I say to you, [you]...shall go into the Kingdom of God before you.” This famous quote by Fulton J. Sheen, a bishop of the Roman Catholic Church, states that those who admit their sins are forgiven. Sheen touches on the topic of confessing one’s sin resulting in admittance to heaven. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, a young woman and her child struggle from the ridicule of a puritan society in the 1640’s. Hester must raise Pearl in a house on the outskirts of town in a society that does not accept them because Hester committed adultery. Hawthorne details the life and the guilt Hester struggles to deal with through symbolic reference in the novel. The embellished scenes in the forest are used to express Hester’s guilty thoughts about sin. Hester’s built-up guilt about her wrongdoing begins to pour out in the forest when she and Pearl escape the eyes of society. For example, Hawthorne narrates her feelings with a description about the brook: “The streamlet kept up a babble...melancholy, like the voice of a young child that was spending its infancy without playfulness, and knew not how to be merry among sad acquaintance and events of somber hue.” (Hawthorne 184) This excerpt is an example of Hester’s sin causing her guilt about Pearl because she recognizes qualities of Pearl within the brook, brought upon by her sin. Hester feels guilty about Pearl because she is forced to live alone, in seriousness because of Hester’s sin. It restricts Pearl from making any friends and causes her a sad and dreary life full of rejection. While the plot rises, Hester begins to become overwhelmed with this nearly unbearable feeling. Subsequently, Hester’s guilt intensifies throughout the novel. In the

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