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“The Truth of Sin” The novel, The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a story that explores the effects of sin and its consequences on the souls of its two main characters, Hester Prynne, (the protagonist), and Arthur Dimmesdale, (her secret lover). In this novel, these two characters were unable to restrain their adulterous tendencies, ultimately ending with the unfortunate consequence of Hester bearing the illegitimate offspring of the love affair, Pearl, as a result. …

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…the novel. Hester remained the social hero throughout the novel in that she was able to grow stronger as an individual by confessing the guilt of her adulterous affair with Dimmesdale, and learning to survive when society mocks and outcasts you. Lastly, Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is one of the greatest symbolic novels ever written in American history that embodies the idea that Puritan theologies are based upon the conviction of sin. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ **Bibliography**