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"Be authentic! Be true! Be authentic! Show freely to the world, or even the worst, yet some trait whereby the worst may be inferred" (Hawthorne). As this sentence is read in the Scarlet Letter, the reader will understand that the main subject of the publication is the sentence above. Through the book, secret sin damages the lives, soul, and the integrity of the main characters. Nevertheless, it could have easily been evaded through open confession of their sins. Nathaniel Hawthorne's purpose in writing this novel is an attempt to affect the reader to publicly confess their sins rather than be ashamed of who they are. According to Levine, " even though we convey ourselves as saints, we're really sinners (Levine 64). The Scarlet Letter is a traditional work of Hawthorne due to the themes it portrays and the relevancy to the modern society. By definition, "A classic is a work of art so universal that it has transcended the boundaries of time and place; it has survived the 'test of time''' (Lazarus). In the highly emblematic book, "The Scarlet Letter", Nathaniel Hawthorne investigates the ramifications of concealed sin and his characters' ultimate discharge from guilt once they know to get their sin. Everything started when Nathanial Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804. Among his ancestors was a judge in the Salem witchcraft trials, so he added the letter "w" to his last name to create any relations ambiguous. "When he was a child, he took great interest in classical literatures of both Shakespeare, Edmund Spenser, John Buyon, Sir Walter Scott, along with unlimited gothic romances"(Bloom 11). "He attended Bowdoin College in Maine where he combined the Athenean Literature Society and composed many short stories" (Bloom 11). The time spent studying at Bowdoin College, significantly affected his upcoming caree...