Confess, Conceal, Or Counterblow Essay

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We all try to do the right thing, but sometimes we can’t help but sin. Everybody has done it, is doing it, and will soon do it again.
But it is how we deal with the sin that matters. There is the choice of keeping it to yourself which might seem like a good idea at the time, but may not be such a great choice down the road. Then, there is the other choice is revealing your wrong doing to people though it may take a lot of bravery and courage to come clean, it will pay off in the long run. In the American classic novel, the Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne portrays examples of different ways of dealing with the same sin through his characters. The audience also gets to see how each ...view middle of the document...

Hester Prynne’s sin of committing adultery was exposed whether she wanted it to be or not. When the public found out that she was pregnant with another man’s child she didn't have to confess, it was now public knowledge. It was healthier for her to have her sin be revealed because the pressure of hiding the sin is no longer there. Even though she is living in ignominy, she can now live in peace with herself and her daughter.
Because of her revelation of sin Hester is now living happily while the minister lays in a sepulcher.
”Its spell, however, was still potent and kept the scaffold awful where the poor minister died, and likewise the cottage by the sea-shore, where Hester Prynne had dwelt. Near this latter spot, one afternoon, some children were at play beheld a tall woman....” (p.233)
In this quote, the book tell how Hester Prynne is now living happily in a little cottage with laughing little children surrounding her. The other part of this quote is how it tell us how the minister is dead because he didn't confess his sin sooner and if he did he would have been able to enjoy these laughing little children in the cottage with Hester.
Hester has found peace in wearing her scarlet A as she displays in conversation with Dimmesdale.
After a while the minister fixed his eyes his eyes on Hester Prynne’s.
‘Hester,’ said he, ‘hast thou found peace?’
She smiled drearily, looking upon her bosom. (p.172)
Her reaction to Dimmesdale’s question about if she has found peace tells the audience the she has but if she has concealed her sin such as Dimmesdale, then she would have never been able to create the peace that she has now.
”And Hester Prynne had returned and taken up her long forsaken shame!” (p233) The fact the Hester had come back to finish her punishment even though she was not required to proves once again that she has made peace with her sin and she has chosen to accept that now the scarlet A and her sin is part of who she is. But it is all leading back to her confessing her sin to the public and that made her the strong and happy woman that she is. Hester was not the only one that is responsible for the creation of Pearl. The father of Pearl has a very different way of coping with the sin.
Arthur Dimmesdale commits adultery with Hester but unlike his partner, this is unknown to the public. To the public eye as, their minister, he was the example of perfection and he had to keep up his reputation and a sin like this would ruin his perfect image. He keeps his image perfect but the price for it is his health and his happiness. When Hester asks Dimmesdale if he has found peace he answers that he is miserable here he elaborates and explains himself.
“‘What else could I look for,being what I am, and leading such a life as mine? Were I an atheist,-a man devoid of conscience,- a wretch with coarse and brutal instincts,- I might have found peace, long ere now. Nay, I never should have lost it! But, as matters stand with my...

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