Sins And Purity In The Scarlet Letter

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The process of reading “the Scarlet Letter” reminds me of the feeling of enjoying a cup of tea--- as I explored more about the plot, the complex themes gradually revealed chapter by chapter. After reading the first three chapters I estimated that Hester would probably end up dead tragically. While the next chapters made my thought drastically change and then I believed Hester and her daughter Pearl would go on their lives peacefully. The fact that Dimmesdale was Pearl’s real father didn’t surprise me, yet I was hugely astonished when I found out Dimmesdale confessed his sin in public and then passed away. The dramatic story really attracts readers’ attention, and what’s more, the meaningful themes of this outstanding work laid the foundation of its unique significance. The first theme I would like to discuss about is the sin of the three main characters, which is prevailingly illustrated in the novel. At the very beginning the sin is Hester’s adultery: a very serious breach of Puritan morality. Then it had its forms of Dimmesdale’s disguise and Chillingworth’s revenge. I have no beliefs in Christian, so Hester only appears to me as a woman who pursues her liberty and protects her true love. But when her love story took place in a puritan-oriented society, she deserved to wear a burning “A” her entire life and live humbly. Unexpectedly, the society deprived her of everything except hope--- her little daughter, a wonderful child. Despite all of her sorrow, she manages to find redemptions compensating for her sin. And because of this, she later becomes a very respectable member of the community. Even though Hester's sin is the most overt of the three main characters, she actually suffered the least serious. Dimmesdale, Pearl’s secret father, was a decent minister bothered by his guilt. He failed to publicly admit that he committed adultery with Hester;

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