An example of Stupidity would be to go along with whatever the media or anyone tells you. If you don’t question anything, or go along with everything you hear, you’re taking part of the biggest Satanic Sin. Also, Satanist cannot afford to be stupid they have to learn to see through the tricks, which is why stupidity is the number one Satanic Sin out of the nine. The second Satanic Sin is Pretentiousness. Which would be making yourself feel more important than others even if it’s not true.
He decides to try and change his destiny by being a good person. In broad terms he turns to a life with integrity. That for him was not an easy task because he knows, consciously, that he is naturally an evil person. Steinbeck makes sure this struggle is evident because it is the most representative struggle between good and evil in the novel. In East of Eden, Steinbeck makes Cal the main victim of the struggle between good and evil by emphasizing thou mayest.
Within Arthur’s coward self lies his guilt, and openly, lies Hester’s guilt. Arthur Dimmesdale and Hester Prynne commit an immense sin that causes different feelings to erupt throughout the novel, with guilt being the most rising. When it comes to secrecy and guilt, for Hester, it is undeniable.
Hypocrisy, the Ungodly Sin Above all others The question of sin is a reoccurring theme in “The Scarlet letter”, where various sins, from Hestor’s adultery, to Dimmesdale’s cowardice, or Chillingworth’s revenge are put on display to be judged by the Puritan society, and also by the reader. In his novel, Hawthorne uses these smaller sins to display a deeper sin; the sin of Puritan hypocrisy. From the beginning of the book Hawthorne ridicules the Puritan society. As one of the first buildings in their new town, the Puritans build a prison. For a culture that is based strictly on the bible that teaches forgiveness, strangely the Puritans are quick to punish, and Hestor also becomes a victim of this.
This was suggested as naïve optimism and unrealistic by anti-transcendentalists. They though that people who desired complete individualism would give rise to the worst aspects of human nature. Hawthorne in his story shows that relying on one’s self is a type of evil. An initial reading may show this tale to be about the idea that sin is in all men’s hearts and that there is a universal desire to keep it hidden. However much we may want others to be transparent, it is impossible because everyone wears a veil.
The Crucible and The Scarlet Letter share many themes that are still present in today’s society, such as the use of public humiliation as a punishment. Because of their sins, both John Proctor and Hester Prynne were alienated and punished by their peers and town leaders. The public humiliation that they faced helped shape the characters in the eyes of the reader and affected the way that they behaved and acted. The most obvious theme contained in both texts is sin. In The Scarlet Letter, the sin that has been committed is adultery where Hester Prynne and Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale conceive an illegitimate child, a daughter named Pearl.
The Price of Arrogance Regardless of theological stance, most are aware of the existence of the seven deadly sins. These sins are considered the basis for a multitude of sins, all of which branch from seven basic wrongs: greed, envy, wrath, lust, sloth, gluttony, and, perhaps the worst of all, pride. Arrogance and pride are not necessarily the same thing. Pride can be arrogant in nature but, as “The Crucible” reveals, it can also be a saving grace should the proper motives be behind it. Arrogance in pride has the potential to ruin a man’s integrity, destroy his life, and even drive a settlement to insanity.
For example, when Dimmesdale admits to his sins, the Puritan justifies it as a lesson to the public about the evils of sin. Dimmesdale’s reputation is still upheld though his confusion “establish[es] him a false and sinstained creature of the dust.” (p. 254) Through Hester’s punishment, Hawthorne uncovers the flaws of the Puritan society and the hypocrisy of their reactions towards Hester. Instead of forgiving Hester for her sin, such is the basis of their spiritual teachings; she is ostracized by the Puritans. When Hester returns, she surprisingly becomes a well-respected member of the community. People brought all their sorrows and perplexities, and besought her counsel, as one who had herself gone through a mighty trouble.
Effect: Throughout the novel, Nathaniel Hawthorne repeatedly focuses on a recurring idea in the story—the contrast between light and dark, and sunshine and shadow. In many cultures across the globe, darkness and dark colors represent shame, sin, and disgrace. Hawthorne takes advantage of this universal concept and applies it to the novel’s sequence of events. Hester is a sinner. She has committed crimes that defy the wishes of god himself, and she has been ridiculed and outcast from her community.
If we choose the path to evil then evil will consume us in our lives. We are made in Gods image but left to endure the temptation of evil and the tricks the devil has in store for us to test our faith and make us question our beliefs. We see some people as perfect and others as corrupt without really knowing what is inside a person’s soul. Either because of the way they perceive themselves to the world or because of the actions that we see ourselves. We are all guilty at one point or another of looking at the exterior of people and labeling them as what they appear to be from the outside looking in.