Through the novel, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the reader learns that the Puritan religion looks down on sinning and punishes sinners harshly. Through several examples throughout the text, the reader can conclude that Hawthorne did not agree with the Puritans’ attitude toward sin. Hawthorne uses satire throughout the novel to make fun of the Puritan views. The main character of the novel is Hester Prynne, who is found cheating on her husband. As a result, she is forced to wear a sewn scarlet “A” on her clothing.
The Screwtape Letters is a book about C.S. Lewis’ insight into the human mind from the perspective of two demons, Screwtape and Wormwood. Screwtape sends his nephew, Wormwood, words of advice on how to stray the “Patient” away from the “Enemy” and towards “The Father Below”. Lewis had to put himself in the place of the elder demon, Screwtape, as an experienced tempter for Christian men. The Screwtape Letters is a book that uses Christian morals and values and takes the opposite side of them to try and condemn a young man to an afterlife in Hell.
Literary Analysis In this passage of The Minister’s black veil we see how the veil, a symbol of hidden sin, isolates and alienates the once loved Minister. In this excerpt, his once fiancé, is trying to understand the purpose of the veil. She, like the other towns people, inherent nature to speculate the horrific sins that he may be confessing through this veil fails to realize her own sin. The sin of her and the town’s people is that they shun him, because of a simple veil, and in doing so demonstrate how shallow and unappreciative their faith is. Hawthorne uses characterization to victimize the minister and point out the flaws of the wife.
The author Nathaniel Hawthorne explores this possibility in his literary works. In his short story “Young Goodman Brown,” a man forever gives up his faith after his sinful dealings with the Devil. He hides his wrongdoing and beings to see evil and deviltry in all humans; he becomes an actor, losing his genuine, honest self and becoming untrusting towards all. The results of his sin are paralleled in Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter; the Puritan minister Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale commits the sin of adultery, yet continues to live his life in a position of revered holiness. Dimmesdale loses himself in this falsehood, forgetting who he truly is, and assumes two distinct identities: one while in the public eye and another while in privacy.
The reader is plunged into a dim and melancholic atmosphere. Starting in the midst of things promotes a curiosity within the reader and seeks to contrast mood. The novel soon returns to the start of its chronological order and there reader is left to ponder how a character such as Michael Mompellion, who is seemingly likeable, can display such bitterness and contempt towards God despite his glorious reputation towards religion. It can be seen how the catastrophic nature of the quarantine that Eyam is placed in is testing of the community. We see a variety of responses but it is the inability of the majority to understand the roots of the plague that prevents them from undergoing personal transformation.
Satan and his minions have corrupted the minds of those people who listen to his deceptive ideas so as to continue their hell-based schemes. In relation to the end-time situation it is prophesied by our Lord Jesus Christ that "Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow coldâ¦. "(Matthew 24:12). Like St. Peter, we must accept Jesus as the Son of the Living God and experience the citizenship of heaven kingdom while living on this planet earth (Mathew
Sin Committed in Darkness is Exposed by Light Is it better to have your sin brought out for all to see or to quietly hold on to it, keep it hidden and lose respect and be eaten up with guilt. Throughout Nathaniel Hawthorne`s The Scarlet Letter we ask ourselves this very question. Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale holds on to his secret sin. This secret sin later will prove to be his downfall. Roger Chillingworthis sins are committed in a similar fashion, secretly.
Richard F 25 October 2011 Evil for All Life is the pattern of rises and falls of good and evil. A holy reverend is just as capable of committing a crime, just as a murderer might be selfless and give an innocent child a treat. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, characters ride the constant struggle between right and wrong and face the present and futuristic results of their actions. Hester Prynne, a single mother of a bastard daughter, faces this evil in form of the embroidered letter upon her chest. Chillingworth, Hester's undisclosed husband, falls under the evil spell of revenge, as well as Dimmesdale, a reverend in the Puritan society, also falls into the murky waters of lies and deceit when
What points does the playwright make about the Christian division of the world into good and evil? There is no middle in Salem, you are either a good Christian or you working for the Devil, if you show a sign of non-Christianity than your all for the bad and will be hung for it. What assumptions do the adults in the community, (apart from Rebecca Nurse), make concerning the children? All the adults make very sudden assumptions that the children have been touched by the devil and are actually being possessed by some form of evil. Comment on the ending of Act 1.
It caused deep psychological effects on everyone. Abandonment, even of friend and family members was common. Many devout believers were losing faith in God. In a letter, penned by Italian poet, Francesco Petrarch of Florence, to a friend in Avignon. He expresses his grief at losing close friends, as well as, resentment for an overly vengeful God, who would punish men not only their crimes, but also the crimes of their fathers.