The Scarlet Letter Essay After reading The Scarlet Letter Hawthorne left many questions unanswered. Did Godforgive them for their sins? Has “sin” paid its debt to “conscience”? Hester and Dimmesdale doshare 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 grantthem forgiveness, because they have already committed the sin. Adultery, the worst thing youcan do in the Puritains eyes.
Hawthorne states “But she named the infant ‘Pearl,’ as being ofgreat price- purchased with all she had- her mother’s only pleasure.” They normally punishpeople who perform this sin with death, but they didn’t kill Hester. Not killing Hester made iteasier to figure out the mystery of who fathered pearl. If she would have told them, the outcomewould 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 “Butthis had been a sin of passion, not of principle, nor even purpose.” Adultery, the crime that madeconscience the punishment for sin.
The first way, conscience always made sure sin could notcommit more sin. So, yes, I think sin did pay its debt to conscience. Hunter 2 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 oneface to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which maybe the true.” I think the Puritans wanted Dimmesdale and Hester to end up together, but thecrime they committed allowed them not to by god. Therefore, because of Premise One and Premise Two, Hester and Dimmesdale has notreceived forgiveness for their sin. Although, Hester did a lot of good in the book, she also didthe worst sin, there is, Adultery. Puritans have a very strong belief against adultery, the worstcrime 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.