Scarlet Letter sin of Hester.

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In Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter, indirectly given do the assumptions of irony exist between Hester and the community as well as with god. Irony existing within ironies and ironies aimed at everyone from anyone are all present in the writing.

Hawthorne implies that all the puritans are hypocrites from his social commentary of no one sinning in the religion, yet people know they do and did in the past. Everyone in the community knows that Hester committed an act that is unforgivable yet they stare upon her and make fun of her because they are a looking at themselves; meaning, they have committed these acts as well and they just look at her as comfort for their not being caught.

Hester lives in isolation from the community, ironically in the dark forest in a lonely cabin. Basically she is "shunned" from the community. The real irony however, exists in the fact that she makes products from her needle work for the puritan community. So if she wasn't good enough to live in the same area as them, but she was good enough to supply goods enough to live in their homes and be used by them. Ironically, the product in which she produces is like that of her produce of Pearl, both by products of Hester, so why is Pearl evil and the needlework not?

Pearl was given to Hester, as believed by the puritan community, as an evil by product and consequence of her act in adultery. Furthermore, the child was to be a continuous reminder and symbol of her sin. Pearl however, was also a blessing to Hester though because she provided the only company, love, and support to her mother. So a conclusion can be made that Pearl is both a sin and...