Punishment In Scarlet Letter

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Punishment in The Scarlet Letter In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, physical punsihment is nothing compared to how the mind can cause punishment. In the Scarlet Letter, Hester Phynne is isolated by the members of Purtian society and left with her child Pearl, a constent reminder of her sin. Dimmesdale’s choice to not feese up to his sin leaves him with mental punishment that makes him sicker and weaker. Chillingsworth does not receive pain, but he does inflict pain to those around him. The main characters of The Scarlet Letter are left to tourment by themselves, the worst punishment of them all. Hester’s punishemt for her sin is more mental then physical. Punishment for adultery during the time of the Purtians was usually death. Hesters is spared this punishment and is left to wear a scarlet letter A on her chest of the rest of her life. As a result of this punishment, Hester is isolated by society and left with no one but Pearl. This is the equvilent of a child being sent to the “conner”, where the only thing to do is think about the wrong that has been committed. To add to this personal torment, she is left with Pearl who just reminds her even more of her sin. The first thing Pearl notices is the A that she…show more content…
He constently tells Hester that he will find out who her adulter is. This adds to Hesters going pain because Hester still loves Dimmesdale and does not want to see him hurt. Chillingsworth is the main cause of mental pain to Dimmesdale. Chillingsworth is supicious of Dimmsdale that he is the adulter and sets out to find his answer. He pries Dimmsdale’s subconsitous trying to get him to confess. This adds to Dimmsdale’s growing self torment. Chillingsworth overall is a cold person and his persona as leech fits him since he feeds of the livelyness of others. His apperance of disformity and ugliness also suggest that he is a symbol of the “black man” or sin that no one can
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