The Scarlet Letter Essay
After reading The Scarlet Letter Hawthorne left many questions unanswered. Did God
forgive them for their sins? Has “sin” paid its debt to “conscience”? Hester and Dimmesdale do
share a tombstone, but their earthly dust has no right to mingle. Here I will present my outlooks.
First, do Hester, Dimmesdale and Chillingworth deserve forgiveness? I would not grant
them forgiveness, because they have already committed the sin. Adultery, the worst thing you
can do in the Puritains eyes. Hawthorne states “But she named the infant ‘Pearl,’ as being of
great price- purchased with all she had- her mother’s only pleasure.” They normally punish
people who perform this sin with death, but they didn’t kill Hester. Not killing Hester made it
easier to figure out the mystery of who fathered pearl. If she would have told them, the outcome
would have changed to something different.
Next, has “sin” paid its debt to “conscience”? I believe it had paid its debt in many ways.
In one way, conscience ‘Pearl’ looked out for sin ‘Hester’. Hawthorne states in the book “But
this had been a sin of passion, not of principle, nor even purpose.” Adultery, the crime that made
conscience the punishment for sin. The first way, conscience always made sure sin could not
commit more sin. So, yes, I think sin did pay its debt to conscience.
In the other hand, eventually Hester buried next to Dimmesdale, but with a space
between them so they can have no connection. Hester and Dimmesdale do share a tombstone,
but, their earthly dust has no right to mingle. “No man for any considerable period can wear one
face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may
be the true.” I think the Puritans wanted Dimmesdale and Hester to end up together, but the
crime they committed allowed them not to by god.
Therefore, because of Premise One and Premise Two, Hester and Dimmesdale has not
received forgiveness for their sin. Although, Hester did a lot of good in the book, she also did
the worst sin, there is, Adultery. Puritans have a very strong belief against adultery, the worst
crime you could do. I do not think that you could do anything to get out of it according to God.
All in all, God did not grant Hester and Dimmesdale forgiveness.