The Scarlet Letter: 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 of her malfeasance. Shame and isolation strip her of all
passion and femininity, leaving her a shell of her former self. Though Arthur's
mark of shame is not visible, it is all the more tortuous for its absence. ...

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[forms] itself around
her." Devoid of any social contact, save that of her daughter, Hester must
endure of lonely existence. "In all her intercourse with society, save that of
her daughter, there was nothing that made [Hester] feel as if she belonged to
it."; therefore, she turns to herself for reflection of her shame. When Hester
must walk through the town, she suffers "an agony from every footstep." Frequent
suffering does not inure Hester to her inner torment; instead, the same grows"
more sensitive with daily torture." Hester's ostracism from a stoic society and
the burdensome nature of her shame, deprive her off life. Treated as a dangerous
delinquent by society, Hester begins to question her humanity. Due to her
intense suffering, "some attribute [departs] from [Hester], which had been
essential to keep her a woman." Stripped of her passion and femininity, Hester
is left as an iron character with a solemn manner. Hester's shame remains to
haunt her until her dying ...

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