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With Honesty Comes Freedom Essay

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  • on November 24, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,380 words

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With Honesty, Comes Freedom

L. Ron Hubbard once said, “Freedom is for honest people. No man who is not himself honest can be free - he is his own trap,” (Honesty). Nathaniel Hawthorne provides an example of this truth in the Scarlet Letter. Roger Chillingworth, Hester Prynne’s husband, is not honest about his spouse, leads a challenging life that constantly contains lies, and dies an unhappy, untruthful man. Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, the preacher who is also guilty of the crime of adultery, is dishonest about his wrong-doings and almost reaches the point of death from inner struggle until he frees himself with honesty. Hester Prynne is bold enough to be honest about committing adultery and is somewhat relieved and free because of it. In the Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, creates his main characters to show that only through honesty can humans be free and have inner peace.

Hawthorne uses the character of Roger Chillingworth to show that being untruthful complicates situations in life and brings pain and struggle. Chillingworth does not want to taint his reputation as a physician with being the husband of an unfaithful wife: “' because I will not encounter the dishonor that besmirches the husband of a faithless woman. It may be for other reasons. Enough, it is my purpose to live and die unknown '” (Hawthorne 79-81). Because his reputation means everything to him, Chillingworth decides to lie about being Hester’s husband. He thinks lying and separating himself from Hester will make his life easier, however, it actually ends up restraining him from doing and saying many things throughout his life.   Chillingworth's dishonesty restrains him from many things in his life, while also bringing him inner pain and suffering: “which led him to imagine a more intimate revenge that any mortal had ever wreaked upon an enemy[...] All that guilt and sorrow, hidden from the world, whose great heart would have pitied and forgiven,” (144). Chillingworth suffers inwardly...

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