The Scarlet Letter: The Big…..”A”


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The Scarlet Letter: The Big….."A"
“See ye not, she is the scarlet letter, only capable of being loved, and so endowed with a million-fold the power of retribution for my sin?” Chap 8, The Scarlett Letter
The Scarlett Letter is about the idea of sin, and asks us to define sin, and to question whether sin exists in the way that the Puritans defined it. Each of the main characters is guilty of something, but in fact Hester is the least guilty. Dimmesdale does not reveal the truth and becomes a hypocrite. He does not take care of his child, and is in this way guilty of harming the lives of Hester and Pearl. Chillingsworth is also guilty of doing harm to Hester and Dimmesdale. Hester’s only real fault is her having an affair with the minister...
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