Scarlet Letter

Reverend Dimmesdale
Reverend Dimmesdale
Reverend Dimmesdale Life is hard, but accepting that fact makes it easier. this common phrase has been proven true in many people's lives, but is also a harsh fact that Boston's Rev. Dimmesdale, a key character in Nathaniel Hawthorne's the Scarlet Letter, had to face. In this twisted story of deception and adultery set in the Puritan era, Hawthorne introduces Dimmesdale as a weak and cowardly man who refuses to take responsibility for his actions. Yet, he transitions to a person who accepts h
The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter Adultery, betrayal, promiscuity, subterfuge, and intrigue, all of which would make an excellent coming attraction on the Hollywood scene and probably a pretty good book. Add Puritan ideals and writing styles, making it long, drawn out, tedious, wearisome, sleep inducing, insipidly asinine, and the end result is The Scarlet Letter. Despite all these things it is considered a classic and was a statement of the era. The Scarlet Letter is a wonderful and not so traditional exampl
One of the most significant writers of the romantic period in American
One of the most significant writers of the romantic period in American
One of the most significant writers of the romantic period in American literature was Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hawthorne wrote stories that opposed the ideas of Transcendentalism. Since he had ancestors of Puritan belief, Hawthorne wrote many stories about Puritan New England. His most famous story is the Scarlet Letter. This novel tells of the punishment of a woman, Hester Prynne, who committed adultery and gave birth to Pearl. A minister of Boston, Arthur Dimmesdale, had an affair with Hester whi
In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynne and her daug
In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynne and her daug
In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynne and her daughter Pearl are isolated from society; this is shown by where they live, the action from people toward Pearl and Pearl's reaction, and finally the response of the community toward Hester's scarlet letter. Hester and Pearl are isolated by living so far out as they do. Pearl shows signs that she is brought up without a friend in the world but her mother. The response toward Hester's scarlet letter from the town's people show how
In Hawthorne's revered novel The Scarlet Letter the use of Romanticism
In Hawthorne's revered novel The Scarlet Letter the use of Romanticism
In Hawthorne's revered novel The Scarlet Letter, the use of Romanticism plays an important role in the development of his characters. He effectively demonstrates individualism in Hester to further our understanding of the difficulties of living in Boston, the stern, joyless world of Puritan New England. It is all gloom and doom. If the sun ever shines, one could hardly notice. The entire place seems to be shrouded in black. The people of this society were stern, and of course repressive. They a
Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne are two of the most influentia
Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne are two of the most influentia
Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne are two of the most influential authors in American Literature. Both men wrote about similar themes, creating great admiration between them. The relationship that had grown between them was a source of critic and interpretation that would ultimately influence each of their works. Melville in particular was moved by Hawthorne’s intellectual stimulation and inspired him to write Moby-Dick, a dramatic novel that has proved to be one of the greatest in Americ
Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter provides us with intricate ch
Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter provides us with intricate ch
Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, provides us with intricate characters to analyze and evaluate. Hawthorne carefully constructs his characters, giving them each different emotions, values, physical attributes, and thus creating different souls. One sees character development throughout the book, until at the end, one is left with an image of a seemingly real person. One of Hawthorne's carefully constructed characters is, Arthur Dimmesdale. With Arthur, one sees how sin changes him dra
Pearl's Contribution to the Scarlet Letter
Pearl's Contribution to the Scarlet Letter
Pearl's Contribution to the Scarlet Letter In Hawthorne's epic novel, The Scarlet Letter he discusses Pearl, a main character, and her contribution in making the novel a romantic one. Hawthorne uses three types of romantic topics relating to Pearl. Stereotypical characters, supernaturalness of characters, and the imaginary aspect of characters are all qualities of romantic language Hawthorne uses to better develop Pearl's character. Over the course of the novel Hawthorne uses all of the aspects
Evil can be defined as That which is the reverse of good physically o
Evil can be defined as That which is the reverse of good physically o
Evil can be defined as, That which is the reverse of good, physically or morally; whatever is censurable painful, disastrous, or undesirable. In the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mistriss Hibbins can also be defined in those terms. She is believed to be evil by many of the characters. Henry Louis Mencken once said, It is a sin to believe evil of others, but is seldom a mistake. In this novel he was right, Mistriss Hibbins is evil. However, she is an important character
Summary of Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter
Summary of Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter
Summary of Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter The story takes place in the Puritan village of Boston, Massachusetts, during the first half of the 17th Century. Several years before the novel begins, Hester Prynne came to the New World to await the arrival of her husband who had business to conclude in Europe. However, Hester's husband was captured by Indians upon his arrival in New England and did not arrive in Boston as Hester expected. While living alone in Boston and believing her hus
Symbolism of the Letter A Throughout Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet
Symbolism of the Letter A Throughout Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet
Symbolism of the Letter A Throughout Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter includes many profound and important symbols. This device of symbolism is portrayed well in the novel, especially through the scarlet letter A. The A is the best example because of the changes in the meaning throughout the novel. In the beginning of the novel, the scarlet letter A is viewed as a symbol of sin. The middle of the novel is a transition period, where the scar
The Puritan Society in N Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter
The Puritan Society in N Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter
The Puritan Society in N. Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter In the introductory sketch to Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel the The Scarlet Letter, the reader is informed that one of the author's ancestors persecuted the Quakers harshly. The latter's son was a high judge in the Salem witch trials, put into literary form in Arthur Miller's The Crucible (Judge Hathorne appears there). We learn that Hawthorne feels ashamed for their deeds, and that he sees his ancestors and the Puritan society as a w
The Scaffold's Power
The Scaffold's Power
The Scaffold's Power Recurring events show great significance and elucidate the truth beneath appearances. In The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne chooses the scaffold scenes to show powerful differences and similarities. Each scaffold scene foreshadows the next and brings greater understanding of the novel. By beginning with the first, continuing with the middle, and ending with the last platform scene, we can gain a better understanding of this masterpiece. At the beginning of the book, Hes
The Scarlet Letter - Hesters Alienation
The Scarlet Letter - Hesters Alienation
The Scarlet Letter - Hester’s Alienation Throughout his book The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne is preoccupied with the relationship between the individual and society. Hester’s sin and subsequent condemnation alienate her. No where is this alienation more apparent than in Chapter 5, Hester at her Needle. Condemned by her sin of passion, Hester is separated from her community, not only physically, as she lives on the edge of the town, and socially, as she this chapter Hawthorne presents t
The Scarlet Letter is a book of much symbolism One of the most complex
The Scarlet Letter is a book of much symbolism One of the most complex
The Scarlet Letter is a book of much symbolism. One of the most complex and misunderstood symbols in the book is Pearl, the daughter of Hester Prynne. Pearl, throughout the story, develops into a dynamic symbol - one that is always changing. In the following essay, I will explore some of the symbolism which Pearl came to represent throughout the novel. In The Scarlet Letter, Hester, for her sins, received a scarlet letter, A which she had to wear upon her chest. This was the Puritan way of tr
Visions of a Past Society
Visions of a Past Society
Visions of a Past Society In a world where society is disorganized, unhappy, and chaotic, it can be extremely difficult to provide an honest, and just law system. As a result, in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, people use their religion (Puritan), as judge, jury, and executioner. For some people, it can be very troublesome to live a normal life when you are surrounded by biased and chauvinistic men and women. In this story, Hester Prynne is a victim of her religion, and her fellow tow
Biography of Edgar Allen Poe
Biography of Edgar Allen Poe
Biography of Edgar Allen Poe Edgar Allen Poe was one of the most successful writers of all time. He is known for his tales of the mysterious and macabre. He is reported to be the first master of the short story form (Edgar Allen Poe). About 12 of his works are known for their flawless literary construction. Poe had a rough childhood which definitely contributed to his writing. Poe was born in January 19th of 1809 in Boston. Poe was the son of David Poe, an actor and Eliza Poe, an actress. Poe a
An American Tragedy
An American Tragedy
An American Tragedy by: Jamie Newlands 2nd hour American Literature October 30, 1996 Two American authors, of two distinctly different time periods had one very similar task, to turn a piece of American History into a believable tragedy. Arthur Miller with The Crucible and Nathaniel Hawthorne with The Scarlet Letter. Perhaps one might wonder which author did a better job in doing so, but with such different pieces of work, this is hardly a question that can be answered. Miller's the Crucible wa
Character Analysis of Arthur Dimmesdale
Character Analysis of Arthur Dimmesdale
Character Analysis of Arthur Dimmesdale The Scarlet Letter is a story of characters that have to live and deal with the effects of sin in different ways. Of these characters, the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale is the character portrayed as the most weak and unnoble. Despite this portrayal Dimmesdale was a stronger character than given credit for. His unbelievable amount of control in his way of handling his burdens displays his great sense of strength and intellect. We first see Dimmesdale portraye
Compare and Contrast Paper
Compare and Contrast Paper
Compare and Contrast Paper Rayona and Pearl were two characters that were very alike in the stories. They are also somewhat different. They lived lives that were very troublesome. Rayona had to go through the tough times of her mother’s sickness and the death of her brother. She lived away from most of it, but still had to live with it. Pearl had to go through the tough times of her mother Hester being charged with adultery, she also had to go through all of her trials. Rayona and Pearl are sim
Essay Darkness Illuminated
Essay Darkness Illuminated
Essay: Darkness Illuminated Since the conception of humanity, man has been fascinated with that presence which illuminates, yet cannot be touched. Mankind has brought it into his religions, giving it a great deal of importance in his creed. Following in the footsteps of his ancestors, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses light as a tool of God that illuminates the darkness of human iniquity and exposes its permanence. He studies the psychological theme of the impossibility of eradicating sin from the human
Do You Dread Guilt
Do You Dread Guilt
Do You Dread Guilt? What is guilt? We all have guilt about something. Maybe forgetting something, lied about something, or even did something that shouldn't of been done. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne we saw guilt fester in the minds and outward appearance of the main characters, Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth. When you hear the word guilt what do you think it means? Guilt means remorseful awareness of having done something wrong or of having failed to d
In Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynnes scarlet toke
In Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynnes scarlet toke
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne’s scarlet token liberates her more than it punishes her. First of all, Hester’s soul is freed by her admission of her crime; by enduring her earthly punishment, Hester is assured of a place in the heavens. Also, though her appearance is much hampered by the scarlet letter, her mind is freed by it, that an intellectual passion rises from her isolation and suffering. Finally, it defines her identity, for the letter makes Hester the woman
Evil of Isolation
Evil of Isolation
Evil of Isolation In the New Testament it states that the wages of sin is death. Though the penalty of sin in The Scarlet Letter is not a termination of life, the evil of isolation can be a physically, morally, and socially tortuous event in Puritan society. Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale, in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, are both victims of the cruel isolation from Puritan society on the basis of their sins. Hester wears her sin upon her breast where it stands as a constant reminder o
Irish novelist Brian Moore observed There comes a point in many peopl
Irish novelist Brian Moore observed There comes a point in many peopl
Irish novelist Brian Moore observed, There comes a point in many people’s lives when they can no longer play the role they have chosen for themselves (Bookshelf 95). From Hollywood movie stars to professional athletes, people have and will continue to lead false lives, under the public spotlight, concealing their personal travails. In literature, the preceding statement has held true numerous times, in works such as Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. Minister and respected citizen, Art
The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter Throughout Nathaniel Hawthorne's book The Scarlet Letter, Hester's attitudes toward her adultery are ambivalent. This ambivalence is shown by breaking the book into three different parts. In each part her attitudes change significantly. Hester starts by seeing her act as a sin that she is sorry for committing. She changes and no longer feels sorry for the sin. Finally, Hester sees the act as not sinful, but she regrets committing it. In the first part, covering the first six
Hester What a Change
Hester What a Change
Hester, What a Change! The Puritans came from England in the sixteen hundreds to break free from the laws and regulations made by the king of England. In the new world, they were able to practice their own form of religion. The Puritans believed in God and His laws. A Young Puritan’s Code was Being sensible, that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these resolutions so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ sake.
Tim Gibson
Tim Gibson
Tim Gibson Hour 7 HESTER PRYNE Hester Pryne, after being punished for her sin, lived an important life. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester was convicted of adultery. However, after her conviction, she managed to raise a daughter, became an important seamstress in her community, and set an example for her close-knit community. Pearl, the daughter of a convicted sex offender, grew up living a different life from her peers. Growing up with Hester, Pearl never really associated
History of Pete Dalberg Family
History of Pete Dalberg Family
History of Pete Dalberg Family By Jesse G. More This is Jesse G. More presenting a history of the Dalberg family starting with my Grandparents Pete and Ingaborg Dalberg. Both of my grandparents were born in Apple Bowl Sweden in the province of Dollernaw. Dollernaw is the province that is close to the Norwegian boarder that is in timber country. Pete was born in 1858 he died in 1943 at the age of 85. My Grandmother, Ingaborg was born in 1856 and died in 1944 at the age of 88. Pete actually was b
Hololiterature a Holographic Interpretation of the Scarlet Letter
Hololiterature a Holographic Interpretation of the Scarlet Letter
Hololiterature: a Holographic Interpretation of the Scarlet Letter Comprehension of anything requires a framework already in place in order to place it in out sphere of reference. Especially those that are fuzzy or difficult to nail down. The brain and the atom are not fully understood, but by comparing functions, structures, and similar operations to known items or concepts one can obtain a hold on the unknown and even extrapolate unknown processes from known ones. (For example, the brain is
The Scarlet H
The Scarlet H
The Scarlet H The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is about the trials and tribulations of Hester Prynne, a woman living in colonial Boston. Found guilty of adultery, Hester's punishment is to wear a visible symbol of her sin: the scarlet letter A. Through the book, the reader comes to know Hester, the adulteress; Dimmesdale, the holy man Hester had the affair with; and Chillingworth, the estranged husband of Hester who is out for revenge. The Scarlet Letter examines the interaction of t
Judgmentalality
Judgmentalality
Judgmentalality OJ Simpson was suspected of killing his ex-wife and her friend outside her home. Before he was arrested for the suspicion he was already tried, convicted and, executed in the minds of all of America. Before he went to trial everyone knew the truth, everyone had already decided his fate before the evidence was presented. No one knew what happened but we all formed our opinions and theories of how he did it, why he did it, and if he should be killed or just get life in prison. O
Letters from the Heart
Letters from the Heart
Letters from the Heart I'm lonely. Being alone makes me feel like I'm lost, an outcast that doesn't deserve to stay here with the ones I love. They all ignore me now, they all treat me like the sinner I am.It's cold outside and as I wander from door to door seeking warmth and, perhaps, a little compassion from my friends, I recieve neither. Perhaps I deserve it. They aren't sinners. How could they possibly feel what I'm feeling right now? The Scarlet Letter, written by Nethaniel Hawthorn, offer
Mitchell Hochberg
Mitchell Hochberg
Mitchell Hochberg English 1/11/96 Light and Darkness Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is one of the most analyzed and most discussed literary works in American literature and for good reason. Hawthorne’s ambiguity and his intense use of symbols have made this work incredibly complex and incredibly bothersome. In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses many symbols to give insight into characters and promote his views on society. The scaffold scenes in The Scarlet Letter tell the re
Nathaniel Hawthorne was one of the greatest Anti-Transcendentalist wri
Nathaniel Hawthorne was one of the greatest Anti-Transcendentalist wri
Nathaniel Hawthorne was one of the greatest Anti-Transcendentalist writers of all time. He utilized his writings to express his dark, gloomy outlook on life. Hawthorne, a descendant of a puritan family, was born in Salem, Massachusetts. Some of his ancestors included a judge known for the harsh persecution of Quakers, and another judge who played an important role in the Salem witchcraft trials. Hawthorne’s attitude was molded by a sense of guilt, which he traced to his ancestor’s actions. Afte
In many works of literature a character makes a sacrifice that can aff
In many works of literature a character makes a sacrifice that can aff
In many works of literature, a character makes a sacrifice that can affect his life in order to achieve something more important. In the play The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, the character John Proctor sacrifices his life, while in the novel The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorn, the character Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, sacrifices his reputation. Both characters, Proctor and Dimmesdale, respectively, gained something more important than their life and reputation. In order to redeem himself
Nathaniel Hawthorn started writing The Scarlet Letter in 1847 and it w
Nathaniel Hawthorn started writing The Scarlet Letter in 1847 and it w
Nathaniel Hawthorn started writing The Scarlet Letter in 1847 and it was published in 1850. The Scarlet Letter is recognize by many critics as being one of the greatest of American novels.1 Hawthorn created his own individual style of romance, a style of writing. His own individual style of writing is now called Hawthorn's Theory of Romance. His theory of Romance is emphasized in The Scarlet Letter in many different ways. The techniques Hawthorn used in The Scarlet Letter are basically
Q If the book did not evoke any past memories or associations do you c
Q If the book did not evoke any past memories or associations do you c
Q: If the book did not evoke any past memories or associations, do you consider it literature? Based on which other criteria? I. I did not make a very clear connection with the text at all during my reading of it. Rosenblat said The readers attention to the text activates certain elements in his past experience-external reference, internal response-that have become linked with the verbal symbols. This rang true to me for, as I was plodding through the text, I saw a well crafted story with imp
Scarlet Letter Paper
Scarlet Letter Paper
Scarlet Letter Paper What is one man’s poison…is another’s meat or drink, Beaumont and Fletcher wrote in one of their plays. Almost everything in the world is interpretable in at least two conflicting ways. In The Scarlet Letter, the Puritan society shuns a character named Pearl, yet the author, who lived in the Romantic period, views her with awe and reverence. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s use of nature imagery in The Scarlet Letter reflects Pearl’s wild, capricious character that serves as a const
In Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter life is centered around a r
In Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter life is centered around a r
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, life is centered around a rigid, Puritanistic-structured society in which one is unable to divulge his or her innermost thoughts and secrets. Every human being needs the opportunity to express how they truly feel, or the emotion is bottled up until it becomes volatile. Unfortunately, Puritan society did not permit this expression, so characters had to seek alternate means in order to relieve themselves. Luckily, at least for the four main characters,
ENGLISH III AP Scarlett Letter
ENGLISH III AP Scarlett Letter
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ + ENGLISH III AP: Scarlett Letter + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Scarlet Letter A Reading Log by Brandon Moeller English III AP Fisher-7 8/7/96 CHAPTER 1- The Prison-Door- I found this one page introductory chapter to be very dramatic as it explained the history of the colony by telling the history of the prison-door. From the looks of this chapter, this story will probably be dragged out as much as possible. At first I thought the way Nathaniel Haw
Secrets We Have Them We Hide Them but Can We Live With Them
Secrets We Have Them We Hide Them but Can We Live With Them
Secrets. We Have Them, We Hide Them, but Can We Live With Them? Deception is defined by Webster's Dictionary as the art of misrepresentation. Throughout the history of mankind, the use of deception to promote oneself to a higher level, or to hide one's past, has been a common occurrence. In the novel The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne , Chillingworth and Dimmesdale both use deception to hide secrets from each other, and from the rest of the town. Hester Prynne is the only one who knows
British Literature
British Literature
British Literature Matt Gordon 9-22-96 Symbolism In The Scarlet Letter Symbolism in literature is the deepness and hidden meaning in a piece of work. It is often used to represent a moral or religious belief or value. Without symbolism literature is just a bunch of meaningless words on paper. The most symbolic piece of work in American Literature is Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. Hawthorne’s use of symbolism in The Scarlet Letter is one of the most significant contributions to the ri
Pesaresi 1 Julia Pesaresi
Pesaresi 1 Julia Pesaresi
Pesaresi 1 Julia Pesaresi Burns 3rd Period Pre-Ap English 20 February 96 Solitude and Isolation: Three of Hawthorne's works Solitude and isolation are immense, powerful, and overcoming feelings. They possess the ability to destroy a person's life by overwhelming it with gloom and darkness. Isolate is defined: to place or keep by itself, separate from others (Webster 381). Solitude is the state of being alone (Webster 655). Nathaniel Hawthorne uses these themes of solitude and isolation for th
Winnie Yang
Winnie Yang
Winnie Yang Oct. 29, 1996 Hon. English III Hour I The Effects and Implications of Sin in The Scarlet Letter Sin is the transgression of a moral code designated by either society or the transgressor. The Puritans of Boston in the novel, The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, establish a rigid moral code by which to purge their society of deviants. As this society is inherently theocratic, the beliefs and restrictions established by religion are not only incorporated into law but constitute
The Effects of Sin in The Scarlet Letter
The Effects of Sin in The Scarlet Letter
The Effects of Sin in The Scarlet Letter Sin is the main theme in the Scarlet Letter. All of the characters in the book were somehow affected by the main sin, which was adultery. The three main characters were the most widely affected, and their whole lives were molded by the way they dealt with the sin. The sin surrounds, encloses, and strangles them. There was no escaping from its harsh consequences. Hester Prynne's sin was as an adulteress, and the result of this was that she had to wear the
The Living Symbol
The Living Symbol
The Living Symbol Pearl. A child born of sin. Conceived by lust. Created by impurity. As the result of her parents fall from grace, she represents the sinfulness of their act, and is a continual tool for the recollection of their dubious deed. Sent, was she, from the Almighty God as a gift, and a burden of the heart. ‘God gave me the child?’ cried she. ‘He gave her in requital of all things else, which ye had taken from me. She is my happiness!- she is my torture, none the less! See ye not, s
The Scaffold
The Scaffold
The Scaffold The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is characterized by three major events that occur on the town scaffold. What takes place on this platform will determine the path which the three main characters, Hester Prynne, Mr. Dimmsdale, and their daughter Pearl will follow. The three scenes mark the beginning, middle, and end of their ignominy. The scaffold is a platform where criminals are punished before all the townspeople. In this case, the criminal is Hester Prynne and the cro
March 181994
March 181994
March 18,1994 The Scarlet Letter: An Analysis of Symbolism The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is generally considered to be the first American symbolic novel. A symbol is something which is used to represent something broader in meaning. The most obvious symbol in the novel is the actual scarlet A which both the criticism and I agree upon. This A is the literal symbol of the sin of adultery. The letter A then appears in many different forms throughout the novel. The gold-embroidered
THE SCARLET LETTER
THE SCARLET LETTER
THE SCARLET LETTER Since the dawn of time people have read, studied andenjoyed books in which the hero or heroes fall from grace.No matter who those heroes are- the human race in The Bible,the demon prince Lestat in Anne Rice's Vampire Chroniclesor a certain Thane of Cawdor in Macbeth- sin plays a greatpart in all of their downfalls and subsequent ressurections.And the three main characters in Hawthorne's The ScarletLetter-Dimmesdale, Chillingsworth, and Hester Prynne- are no different.