sin guilt and regeneration in the scarlet letter


Review Of Research Vol.1,Issue.IV/Jan; 12pp.1-4

Sachin Vaman Londhe Research Papers



Sin, Guilt, and Regeneration in The Scarlet Letter Sachin Vaman Londhe Assistant prof. in English K.N.B.College,Kudruwadi (Solapur University) Maharastra India 413208

Abstract The Scarlet Letter (1850), the romantic fiction, is written by renowned American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne. The present article analyzes sin, guilt and regeneration in The Scarlet Letter. Different types of sin are represented in The Scarlet Letter. There are sins of the flesh, sins of weakness, sins of will and the intellect. Hester stands on the scaffold wearing a dull gray dress with a large scarlet"A" on her bosom. She shows to the world the result of her sin in the form of little Pearl. While Hester's sin is noticeable to all, Dimmesdale's sin is hidden. The minister hides his wrong, the fact that he has broken the moral law. Rodger Chillingworth, Hester's husband, an older man is guilty of two sins. In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne is not overly concerned with the sin that has been committed; he is more concerned with the results of the sin. Hawthorne points out that while sin which is exposed and confessed, frees the sinner's mind and often brings about a transformation in the life, sin which is concealed and cherished tends to cause ruin and death. While Hawthorne's characters are sinners, many of them are presented as people who actually gain salvation and regeneration before the story ends. Introduction: The Scarlet Letter (1850), the romantic fiction, is written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. He was American novelist and short-story writer, a master of the allegorical and symbolic tale. One of the greatest fiction writers in American literature, he is best-known for The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables (1851). In the present article an attempt has been made to analyze sin, guilt and regeneration in The Scarlet Letter. A sin is an act that violates a known moral rule. The term sin may also refer to the state of having committed such a violation. Commonly, the moral code of conduct is ordered by a divine entity, i.e. divine law. Fundamentally, sin is rebellion against, or resistance to, the direction of supreme authority, and enmity toward, avoidance of, or hatred of the good. Guilt is the fact of being responsible for the commission of an offense. It is also a cognitive or an emotional experience that occurs when a person realizes or believes—accurately or not—that he or she has violated a moral standard, and bears significant responsibility for that violation. It is closely related to the concept of repentance. Regeneration means Spiritual or moral revival or rebirth. The purpose of this article is to examine the sin and guilt in the major characters in The Scarlet Letter Context: The setting of the novel The Scarlet Letter is Boston during the Puritan era. Anthony Trollope's summary of the novel reveals the plot of the novel: A woman[Hest

er Prynne] has been taken in adultery . . . and is brought upon the stage that she may be punished by a public stigma. She was beautiful and young, and had been married to an old husband who had wandered away from her for a time. Then she has sinned, and the partner of her sin, though not of her punishment, is[Arthur Dimmesdale] the young minister of the church to which she is attached. It is her doom to wear the Scarlet Letter, the A, always worked on her dress, -

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