What is Hester's sin in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne?

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In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, the protagonist Hester Prynne is condemned for committing adultery. The novel is set in 17th century, orthodox Puritan Society in Boston America. Adultery was one of the very serious sins in the Puritan society. Roger Chillingworth, Hester's husband, had left her almost two years ago. Hester gave birth to a daughter named Pearl in the absence of her husband. This made everyone in the town suspect that she is guilty of adultery. Because of this, Hester is made to stand on a scaffold where she bears immense public humiliation. As a punishment of her sin, she has to wear the badge of shame, i.e. the scarlet letter “A” embroidered on the bosom of her dress for the rest of her life. This red colour badge will make everyone know that she is an adulteress.

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is set in the Puritan world of Boston, Massachusetts, in 1642. Here a sin is a crime and a crime is a sin. The people are quite religious and use the Word of...

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