Scarlet Letter Paper

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Scarlet Letter Paper By: Kassie Scott American Literature Of course there could be numerous themes for a book; therefore the scarlet letter has what could be numerous these. These themes range from revenge, to women and femininity, hypocrisy, guilt and blame, isolation, to fate and free will, and sin. All of these were used in this book. Some more than others, but the biggest and the main theme is that everyone sins some or worse than others but everyone does it. We should each follow the golden rule. Revenge is the action of inflicting hurt or harm on someone for an injury or wrong suffered at their hands. In this book Chillingworth seemed to agree that revenge is a dish that is best served cold. He spent over seven years torturing Dimmesdale for taking Hester away from him. The revenge also brought forth the loss of humanity. Only God can place revenge on our lives. The way women carried themselves was a major thing back then. Having sex before marriage was and still is completely wrong biblically and physically. What was even worse was the fact she had a husband who was still trying to get to where Hester was. Hester lost herself by having an affair with Dimmesdale, especially since he was part of the church. People may say that they took things to far by making her wear the scarlet letter but back then things were way different then they are now. Rules were stricter, towns were smaller, and there wasn’t a lot to do. In the scarlet letter, hypocrisy was one of the worst things a man could do. Dimmesdale was a living lie. Having to be on your guard all the time so that no one finds out you are a living lie was possibly very hard. Hester refused to tell who Pearls father was, therefore Dimmesdale took it upon himself to punish himself. Pearl was the only one who could see through him. When he finally

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