Worried about sin and
the consequences of managing it, Hawthorne’s works identify his own feeling of
shame about his precursor’s aggrieving roles in the17th century Salem Witch
Trials. By implication dealing with his feeling of guilt through fictional
conditions, Hawthorne uncovers his exceptionally basic perspective of the
Puritans while teaching a solid moral lesson all the while. Many moral lessons
are managed in his works, including the impacts of pride as a bad habit like
that of Goodman Brown, or as a temperance like the pride of Hester Prynne which
empowers her to make up for herself; the different degrees of discipline people
put onto themselves in confronting their novel sins; the consequences of
guilt inside the spirit which prompt
deterioration of the body, as experienced by Arthur Dimmesdale and the results
of concealing sin, similar to Arthur Dimmesdale, and of openly recognizing it,
as Hester Prynne. Hawthorne acquired the Puritan convention of moral sincerity,
Puritans punished sinners as deviants of society and used punishments to
restate boundaries within the group” (Puritan Lifestyle). The impacts of
sin are distinctive in each character similarly as every character is punished
precisely. One character who shows the effects of punishment is Hester Prynne.
Hester confers adultery with Reverend Dimmesdale. As this act resulted in a
child, she can’t conceal her sin. In the meantime, Dimmesdale’s similar sin
goes unnoticed “The discipline of the family in those days, was far more
rigid kind than now” (Scarlet Letter, 121).
states that “sin is but a name” (Young Goodman). The inner and outer
impacts of sin on the human body are portrayed all through the themes Hawthorne
gives in his works.
describes himself as “an emaciated figure, his thin cheek, his white,
heavy, pain-wrinkled brow” (Scarlet Letter, 143). By taking the emotional
punishment of guilt Arthur Dimmesdale suffers more than Hester.
Dimmesdale from The Scarlet Letter commits adultery, the same offense as Hester
Prynne. The distinction between Dimmesdale and Hester is that Dimmesdale was
not openly punished for his sin while Hester was. Because of this, Dimmesdale
feels extremely guilty. This sentiment guilt is atrocious to the point that it
rationally and physically shrinks him, as he feels an exceptionally solid need
to atone and rinse his spirit.
impacts of guilt incur a significant injury to people in a various way. Guilt
is typically perceived as a form of punishment for committing a sin in
pride Goodman Brown experiences contrast from that of Hester Prynne. Hester
from The Scarlet Letter is a sample of pride, self-empowerment, and atonement.
The Scarlet Letter, fantastically embroidered with gold thread” (Scarlet
Letter, 45) is continually worn by Hester in pride and in honor. In the city of
Boston, many people decline to the interstate the scarlet “A” by its
main meaning. They say it means “Able”. – After several years, Hester
comes back to New England “There is a more real life for Hester Prynne
here, in New England than in the unknown region where Pearl found a home.
” Here is her sin; here, her sorrow; and here is yet to be her penitence.
She returns, therefore, and resumes, -of her own free will, for not the
sternest magistrate of that iron period would impose it. Never afterward did it
quit her bosom” (Scarlet Letter, 123). She continues wearing the scarlet
letter because that the past is a critical part of her nobility; it isn’t
something that ought to be eradicated or denied on the grounds that another
person chooses it is shameful. She makes a life in which the scarlet letter is
a symbol of difficulty overcome and of experience achieved rather than an
indication of failure and judgment. She accepts control of her own personality
and in doing as such she turns into an example for others. She is not, in any
case, the example of the sin that she planned to be. Rather she is a sample of
atonement and pride. Pride may overcome one’s life as it did to Goodman Brown
or engage one’s life like Hester Prynne.
says, “There were high dames, well known, and wives of honored husbands,
and widows, a great multitude, and ancient maidens, all of the excellent
repute, and fair young girls, who trembled lest their mothers should espy
them” (Young Goodman). He loses all faith in the community, as he says,
“my faith is gone! There is no good on earth” (Young Goodman). He
believes he is above them as he could confront the devil. He says, “Look
up to Heaven, and resist the Wicked One!” (Young Goodman). Goodman Brown’s
pride is his grievous imperfection since he has excessively consequently it
causes his destruction.
subject of pride might be perceived as a bad habit or as a virtue in
Hawthorne’s works, depending on the circumstance. Goodman Brown from
“Young Goodman Brown” turns into a victim of his pride and therefore
he suffers. Goodman Brown has a feeling of superiority over the rest of the
village. He got his feeling after he saw all the people that he considered were
good and pure participating in satanic rituals.
reading the Nathaniel Hawthorne’s works we can easily notice their prominence
for their treatment of guilt and the complexities of good decisions. Moral and
religious concerns, in short, are almost always present in Hawthorne’s works (Foster,
56). Given Hawthorne’s background, it isn’t an extension of the creative
ability to state that his books are evaluated of Puritanism. Hawthorne lived in
the totally scarred New England territory, which isolated from Puritanism by
just a single generation. His grandfather had been one of the judges in the
Salem Witch Trials. Individual issues associated in the different ways
Hawthorne’s family and particular occasions throughout his life impacted his
writing. Without much of a stretch perceive we can make sure that how “Young
Goodman Brown” related to the facts about his Puritan ancestors. His
descendants’ comments on him in The Custom House introduction to The Scarlet
Letter mix pride in Hawthorne’s noticeable quality and a feeling of inherited
guilt for his deeds as a judge. Hawthorne’s guilt of wrongs conferred by his
ancestors was fundamental in the advancement of his literary career. He
explores human weaknesses through of his ancestors’ period. For the most part,
Hawthorne’s writings contained capable symbolic and psychological impacts of
pride, guilt, sin, and punishment.