The Scarlet Letter

What is the author's message? Include a few facts and develop interests in your response.

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This is largely a thematic question. I think sin and judgment is incorporated with many other themes. Hawthorne's novel consistently calls into question the notion of sin and what is necessary for redemption. Is Hester's initial crime a sin? She married Chillingworth without quite understanding the commitment she made, and then she had to live without him while he was abroad, then fell in love with Dimmesdale. Is that a sin? Should Hester be judged by others who perhaps have done equally private sinful acts? Please check out the GradeSaver themes page link below for more theme related information.


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