Good versus Evil
Ever since the start of time, from stories being told by mothers to their children all the way through modern films, good versus evil has been a very common theme. Disney classic movies such as Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Hercules, and many others would always have a plot centered on this idea, along with love, for little kids. The kids that watched the movies since they were little would always be glad to watch it again when they are older because it is a very simple theme that outstands the test of time unlike any other movie that’s a trend now such as the annoying, overrated, Twilight series. At least for me I still love the Disney Classics and probably always will. In The Scarlet Letter there are many interpretations of good versus evil and how they are viewed as either good or evil.
The scarlet letter is the first sign of good versus evil in the book. “At the very least, they should have put the brand of a hot iron on Hester Prynne’s forehead” (pg. 59) The market is filled with people and a group of women are talking about how Hester has such a beautiful punishment. They view the letter as a sin and that it should be ugly on her for such an ugly crime she committed. Whereas Hester knows she has committed a sin but being punished for it now on Earth she knows she will go up into heaven. At the start of the book the “A” stood for adultery and progressively starts becoming accept by the society. “ Such helpfulness was found in her-so much power to do and power to sympathize-that many people reused to interpret the scarlet ‘A’ by its original signification. They said that it meant ‘Able’” (pg. 156) The villagers started seeing the “A” for able was because Hester did not shut herself down after she was released from jail, she took care of herself and her child surprising many people.
Surprising the villagers in the book was exactly what some of the characters did in the book. Showing good and evil; Chillingworth, Pearl, and Dimmesdale all had an impression of one or the other. Chillingworth thought he was doing good for revenging Hester and himself by getting revenge on Dimmesdale. Hester at first was unsure if she wanted him to revenge her but quickly realized revenge was not the way. Hester and Dimmesdale deem Chillingworth as evil for torturing Dimmesdale even if Chillingworth believes he is doing good. Pearl is also viewed as good and evil. The towns’ people believe that Pearl is a devil child for being the child of a sinner. Hester believes that Pearl was paid with the greatest treasure “Pearl keeps me here in life! Pearl punishes me too! See ye not, she is the scarlet letter, only capable of being loved” (pg. 103). Being faced with good and evil, just not as publicly, was Dimmesdale. Many saw Dimmesdale as a...