The minister dies after he confesses, and the woman is left to her solitude.
(240-41) Before we consider the moral value of the work, it is worthwhile to look at the literary worth of this masterpiece of beauty and power.
Then he goes to work to find him out, and he finds him out.
Then he does punish him with a vengeance and brings him to death, -- does it by the old man finds out and declares his intention to accompany them in their flight.
Hawthorne uses images in a very deliberate and artistic manner.
Waggoner observes that some of these are "explicitly symbolic, others seem obscurely to be so, while still others resist every effort at translation into abstract terms." (The Scarlet Letter) Among these are images having to do with color, shades of light and darkness, vegetation, places and the human heart.
The purpose of this essay is to examine the ethical and moral issues involving the major characters in The Scarlet Letter and to consider the effect of their actions on themselves and on their relationship with others.
Background Information The setting of the The Scarlet Letter is Boston during the Puritan era.
Hawthorne speaks of him as a soldier, legislator, judge and church leader who possessed all the Puritanical traits, both good and evil.
He bitterly persecuted the Quakers and whipped them openly in the streets.