The Scarlet Letter Essay Research Paper Seven
The Scarlet Letter Essay, Research Paper Seven years ago, my brother made a terrible mistake. He slept with a woman named Hester Prynne, and she became pregnant with a child. I am talking about the great Reverend Dimmesdale. The problem is that he has not taken responsibility for his actions for seven years. Hester Prynne was already married and her husband was away in England taking care of some business. By sleeping with her, he helped her commit adultery and sinned in front of God. I am the only other one who knows his secret besides Hester. It has been a secret for too long and now it is time for him to confess. This relationship may have been caused by a number of factors. One factor is that Hester was lonely. Her husband had been away for a long time and she had no one else to be with. Hester and Reverend Dimmesdale did not think of the consequences of their actions. They did not predict that a child would be born, but it happened. They may also have fell in love and couldn’t wait until Hester’s husband returned. The fact is that it was a mistake. As a result of their relationship, Hester became pregnant. The whole town then found out that she committed adultery. She was sentenced to wear a scarlet letter “A” to humiliate her the rest of her life. She was shunned by the town and forced to live a lonely life. Meanwhile, Dimmesdale did not receive any punishment, but he has had to live with the secret for seven years. This demonstrates the consequences of sin. There is no decision that does not come with some kind of consequence. This consequence can be good or bad, depending on the decision made. In my brother’s case, the consequence was not good. Outwardly, it seems as if Hester was the only one to receive the consequences for her actions. But the knowledge of the secret burns inside the Reverend. Each day he tells me how it tortures him inside. Yet he refuses to confess and let the public know his shame. The only way for him to stop the torture is to tell the public his secret. If not for himself, then he must do it for Hester. She does not deserve to be alone in her ignominy and embarrassment. She did not commit the crime by herself. It is not fair for a poor, lonely women to be alone for the rest of her life. It is also not fair to the child, Pearl. Pearl deserves to know who her father is and not be lied to her whole life. Pearl committed no crime, yet she has to suffer the consequence of her mother’s actions. She at least deserves a father to be by her side. By telling the town of his secret, my brother will be tortured inside no more. He will also take some of the shame off of Hester and put it upon himself. He is one of the well respected members of the community and can help convince people not to be so hard on Hester Prynne. He can explain what happened and why it happened. This way people may understand the situation better and not be so quick to judge. A confession from the Reverend Dimmesdale may be seven years too late, but late is better than never. This solution is the best and only way for my brother to absolve himself of sin. No matter what he says or does, God will always know what he did. If he were to run away from the problem, it would still be torturing him inside. He need to let out all of his emotions and face his fears. The is the only way he will be able to respect himself. By taking responsibility for his actions, he also asks for forgiveness from Hester. She deserves an apology after being put through her shame for seven long years.