Hawthornes four sins as evidenced in The Scarlet Letter

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The Four Sins in The Scarlet Letter Sin is a word that is definetely not universally defined. Sin is relative to a personís religion, or lack there of. Sin also provokes punishment, be direct (by law) or by a moral lesson. Severity in punishment is also conditional to the society in which the sin is commited. In Puritan society, much like that of TSL, sins are serious and punishment is very severe as compared …

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…on through the test of time must first be notoriously known and second be apparent. Generational sin is evidenced in TSL by Pearl. Since Pearl is the product of Hester Prynneís loathsome sin, the mere creation of her life was wrong. She was, for lack of a better term, an accident. Pearl was undoubtedly discriminated from the beginning and, as she grew up, her red dress and saucy behavior made her yet more notorious.