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Sin, The Carnivore Essay

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Sin is a common carnivore. It just eats and stuffs itself off of its victim until it is content--which it rarely is--and only leaves the picked off bones as evidence. So, as sin gorges off of humans fallen to the Devil, its nature is evident in numerous places. Sin’s tendency to eat away at a person’s character and reputation, though be forgivable if repented, is represented in the character’s of the The Scarlet Letter. Revealed sin dulls Hester Prynne’s personality and identifies her as notorious in the community and although it remains with her like a meat sauce stain, it is shown to be forgiven after a time. Dimmesdale’s sin is inscrutable under the napkin and, while it seems to go ...view middle of the document...

She shows that while voluntary sin is a bit more revealed and feared by the community, it still gives the sinner apprehension. Sin naturally hurts a person and scrutinizes them in public, but is capable of forgiveness, as can be seen in the example of Hester Prynne.
Hester’s revealed sin constantly atrophies her character and reputation, but while it is forgivable over time, it cannot be completely expunged from existence. When Mrs. Prynne is wearing her daily trial, the scarlet letter, she finds herself the object of sermons and the example in lectures to young people. “‘She will be a living sermon against sin, until the ignominious letter be engraved upon her tombstone’” (Hawthorne 59) one person says, speculating that her scarlet letter will haunt her everyday and nibble at her confidence a little more each day. Hester’s public shaming for reveals that sin pigs out at her self-confidence and isolates her as “what not to be,” ruining her reputation and listing her as the town’s symbol of infamy. During Hester’s meeting with Dimmesdale in the forest, the woman is gloomy, run-down, and ghost-like. The scarlet letter and Pearl have worn her down so much that she is barely recognizable any longer. She immediately becomes beautiful and happy when she takes the scarlet letter off, because she is attempting to clean her name off the menu and forget she ever sinned. It backfires, though, when she learns that her sin is a stain that cannot be taken off because Pearl makes Hester pin her scarlet letter back onto her bosom, keeping her a prisoner in her past. As shown, sin has the effect of becoming an assimilated part of the sinner and cannot be gotten rid of. Instead, sin makes a person gloomy, unappealing, and miserable. After the long period of seven years, Hester begins to immerse herself back into the community, but with the catch that she only shows herself in the darkness of the night. Her ‘A’ becomes interpreted as ‘able’ by the people whom she helps and “...her breast, with its badge of shame, was but the softer pillow for the head that needed one” (Hawthorne 146). Determined to consider the humility of her wrong as intangible, she lets no one whom she helps show her gratitude, because she will always be corrupted. Over time, Hester realizes, revealed sin may be forgiven by those who scorned it through repentance, but just because it is forgiven does not mean it is forgotten. Hester’s revealed sin represents how a major sin is capable of damaging a person’s character and eminence, be forever present, and be forgivable overtime, but these consequences are not limited to revealed sin.
Concealed sin, as represented by Reverend Dimmesdale, results in guilt that builds and forces its way to the surface, consuming the person until the end unless they reveal their sin. Everyday that Reverend Dimmesdale preaches, Dimmesdale views himself as the ultimate sinner and hypocrite of the world. “He had attempted to cheat upon himself by making the avowal of...

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