Hawthorne through Pearl allows him to argue that everyone in the Puritan community has a “letter” of their own and should embrace that fact rather than hiding itHawthorne through Pearl allows him to argue that everyone in the Puritan community has a “letter” of their own and should embrace that fact rather than hiding it

Hawthorne through Pearl allows him to argue that everyone in the Puritan community has a “letter” of their own and should embrace that fact rather than hiding it, even shaming their actions as what they have done so far has been hypocritical. In the Puritan community, everyone is terrified of committing a sin and being open about that fact. They have transformed themselves into a community that has demonized the act of sinning and shuns anyone who has committed one. They become too self-absorbed and covered in fear to see that its human nature to sin. Yet for Pearl, an innocent and pure girl who doesn’t abide by the Puritans rules, have understood the fact that she is bound to sin one day and will carry a letter of her own. However she becomes outright confused when Hester treats the act of sinning in a negative connotation “”Nor ever will, my child, I hope,” said Hester. “And why not, mother?” asked Pearl, stopping short, just at the beginning of her race. “Will not it come of its own accord, when I am a woman grown?”” (126). For Pearl, she often sees things that others do not see and just bluntly says the truth. And she comes to question why people would see sinning as a negative thing, as she is able to see the fact that everyone is doomed to sin. That rather than hiding in fear or shaming it we should embrace the letter as it makes us who we are as a person. Yet the Puritans chooses to shame it rather than accepting it in hopes of control and order, but rather than order it resulted in corrosive hypocrisy and alienation, even though it doesn’t have to be. That the Puritan way of life and religion is ruining the freedom that comes with accepting one’s sin as human nature. Which goes to show, when Hester is publicly shamed of her sin and questions the truth of this community, “Had she sinned alone? … yet could not help believing, that it gave her a sympathetic knowledge of the hidden sin in other hearts and … if the truth were everywhere to be shown, a scarlet letter would blaze forth on many a bosom besides Hester Prynne’s” which shows how hypocritical this community as the people would rather cowardly hide behind a scapegoat (59). Even though Hester had to go through years of mistreatment it allowed her to see the world in a new lens. It helped her see that everyone has committed a sin and that there was nothing wrong in sinning as everyone does it. Yet it goes to show how hard it is to come to see that realization as the Puritan religion blinded everyone’s eyes. Even though they have all committed a sin before, they still punish Hester for her sin even though they aren’t much better than Hester. That their fear due to the Puritans ways have changed who they are for the worse and hinders them from seeing the freedom that has been taken away. Even though we now live in a world that is totally different from the Puritans, we at times still treat things the same way they treated sin. That when we as humans fear what we can’t fully understand, or control, we become unreasonable, and we judge, label, and punish people who think differently. All the while we think the result will be beneficial. However, it’s just the opposite and rather than helping it hurts many in the process. Rather we should be more open-minded and careful with how we treat things that are different and is out of our comfort zone.