Discuss sin and isolation in The Scarlet Letter as a theme.

Sin and isolation are arguably the two most prevalent themes in The Scarlet Letter. While Hester and Dimmesdale committed the sin of adultery, Hester's husband committed the sin of abandoning his wife. This ultimately leads to all three characters feeling betrayed and isolated.

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Sin and isolation are both prevalent themes in this great novel. As a result of her sin of adultery, Hester Prynne is isolated and made to stand out by being branded with the letter A. Reverend Dimmesdale, the man who she had the affair with, ultimately pays for his sin with his life.

Hester is found guilty of adultery after giving birth more than a year after her husband has mysteriously disappeared. The theme of sin is driven home by her being forced to stand on a...

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