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The Benefits of Sin Revealed from The Scarlet Letter Based on Nathaniel Hawthorne in The Scarlet Letter, each of us is born with "original sin" we have inherited from the misdeeds of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. As Eve bit hungrily to the apple from the Tree of Knowledge, hungry for wisdom, little did she know that the whole human race would thereafter be tainted by her "sin" Hawthorne and lots of others think that ever since, human beings are inclined to evil, more likely to disobey compared to act in a godly way. That really is a faithless, cynical view of humankind, but one possibly justified by the actions of Hester Prynne and the Reverend Dimmesdale. Sin is apparently an inevitable element in their lives; though they are great people, their sin boils up and almost destroys them. Can they make a conscious choice to sin? Or does their sin simply take control, as it is bound to do in all human beings? Maybe this leads to a greater question of fate and free will, but in the long run, the one thing they can really change in their own lives is the way that they deal with sin, the way they attempt to atone for it and whether they view that the affair they had as sinful in the first place. Puritan society in the Massachusetts Bay Colony has been a method based on faith. The Bible and the legislation were intertwined and couldn't be separated, not in the heads of the people. Hence it was difficult to argue that there were any laws at all that were worth , if they weren't spelled out specifically in the Bible. Hester had committed adultery and given birth to a bastard child, and there was, at the Ten Commandments: Thou shalt not commit adultery. And so she had been punished. The Puritans nodded and were fulfilled, comfortabl...