Being True To Oneself In The Scarlet Letter

Being True To Oneself In The Scarlet Letter

Being True To Oneself In The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter, a novel that takes place in a New England colony, depicts a lady
named Hester Prynne who is being punished for committing adultery by wearing a scarlet ?A? on
her chest. Hester and her daughter, Pearl, live with disgrace and mocking from the colonists.
Reverend Dimmesdale, Pearl?s father, is also being tortured by his deceptive friend, Doctor Roger
Chillingworth, who is Hester?s husband. There are many instances of characters not being their
true selves. Not being true to one?s self causes unhappy consequences.
Reverend Dimmesdale suffers for not being his true self. The governor chooses Reverend
Dimmesdale to be the judge of Hester. This shows that the people think he is righteous enough to
judge her, even though he is just as guilty. Hester takes the blame, but Dimmesdale does not
because he is a coward. Reverend Dimmesdale stops being true to himself, and puts on a facade
for the colonists so he will not ruin his reputation or lose his job. The only person that Reverend
Dimmesdale can show his true self to is Hester. In the darkness of the forest or in the shadows of
the night he can be his true

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