What was the author was trying to say/persuade in The Scarlet Letter?

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I believe that Hawthorne was suggesting that everyone is guilty of something and that it is human nature to use other people as scapegoats. Poor Hester Prynne is a scapegoat, as is her innocent daughter Pearl. Arthur Dimmesdale , the minister who fathered the child has to watch Hester being punished and ostracised for a sin in which he was equally guilty. This thesis or message alludes to the story in the New Testament in which a woman was brought to Jesus who had been caught in the commission of adultery. According to the law of Moses, the woman was to be stoned to death, and the men were ready to perform that execution immediately. They asked Jesus if he agreed, apparently in an...

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