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The Scarlet Letter Essay - 863 Words

In this novel you will find that the main characters are the prime examples of Love, Hate, Sin, and Purity. Although adultery is condemned and seen as sin, adultery isnt what Hawthorne focuses on. Through my analysis of the Scarlet Letter I noticed that there were three different types of love. The act of hatred plays a vile role throughout the novel. Hawthorne uses Pearl as a blatant symbol of purity, from her birth till the end of the novel. As you will see Love, Hate, Sin, and Purity does play a vital role in this story. Hester Prynnes love for Roger Chillingworth shall be the first that I will speak on. From the beginning Hester is placed on the scaffold with daughter Pearl. She is surrounded by the townspeople, and is†¦show more content†¦Hesters love is quickly revealed in the first scaffold scene at the Marketplace. It is then that Hester clutches Pearl in a tight grip, looking at the townspeople and probably thinking, that Pearl was hers, and that no one was going to harm her. Hester also shows her love for Pearl by dressing her in the beautiful garments that she would wear daily. Hesters love for Dimmesdale to me seems so strong that she is willing to bear the consequences of both her and Dimmesdales actions. She bears her love for him by wearing the Scarlet Letter openly, while his is hidden, and never gives his name up to anyone, not even to Pearl. I felt so bad for both Hester and Dimmesdale, because it was Dimmesdale who forced Hester to confess the name of her childs father. She also shows love for Dimmesdale in Chapter 17, by telling him to move away with her, so that they can start a new life together as a family. During the novel, Chillingworths main motive is to get revenge on the man who fathered Pearl. When he finally begins to suspect Dimmesdale as the father, he uses psychological pressure on Dimmesdale, torturing Dimmesdale while pretending to be of help and a friend. 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