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The Power of Secret Sin in The Scarlet Letter One of the main topics from the Scarlet Letter is that of the secret. The plot of this book is centered on Hester Prynne's secret sin of adultery. Nathaniel Hawthorne draws striking parallelism between secrets held and the physical and psychological states of those who hold them. The Scarlet Letter demonstrates a secret or feeling maintained within gradually engulfs and destroys the spirit such as Dimmesdale's sin of hypocrisy and Chillingworth's sin of vengeance, while a secret made public, such as Prynne's adultery, can permit a soul to recuperate and even strengthen. If a secret is hidden inside it can engulf and even destroy a person. Arthur Dimmesdale, a revered young minister in the town, demonstrates what happens to the soul. Dimmesdale, as it is later known, commits the crime of adultery with a young married woman named Hester Prynne living in the Plymouth Colony. Hester is reluctant to show her partner . Dimmesdale's fear of persecution and humiliation compels him to keep his sin a secret. So he sees as Hester is put before her peers onto a stage in the front of the entire city and is then called to talk to her and impulse she reveal her fellow adulterer. In essence, he's called on to commit yet another sin, that of hypocrisy. Dimmesdale's gathered sins construct inside of him , always afflicting his soul till it begins to affect him . Believing himself a hypocrite he attempts to ease his conscience and requite his sin by scourging himself on the chest during the nighttime, fasting for days on end and even climbing the Identical stage on which Hester began her humiliation. Walking in the shadow of a dream, as it were, and per...