They didn’t believe in music or dancing, and they were especially cruel to sinners—even though everyone sins.
Sin as a theme asks the question, “What does sinning really mean?
In the end (spoiler alert), both Chillingworth and Dimmesdale die— showing the reader that their sins were the ones deserving death sentences, not Hester’s act of adultery.
For a thesis statement, I might write the following: In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne explores the theme of sin in Hester Prynne, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth.
Although it seems at first that Hester has committed a serious sin—adultery—it is Dimmesdale and Chillingworth who are the true sinners as they are consumed by the sins they commit.
Hypocrisy in The Scarlet Letter is shown through Dimmesdale.
You kind of root for him because he’s a much nicer guy than Chillingworth, but he’s living a lie. The Scarlet Letter shows just how dangerous living a lie can be.
The entire community respects Dimmesdale—he’s a great orator, and he helps people when they’re in trouble.
Then figure out what your thesis statement is going to be.
Mine might look something like this: The Puritans were a pretty intense group of Christians.