The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn - to not make evil...

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Recently the AP English class read the book The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn. In the book, The Scarlet Letter , Hester Prynne, a New England providence woman, commits adultery, and is punished by wearing a scarlet a over her breast. Her long lost husband, Roger Chillingworth, appears during her punishment, and decides to take revenge on her partner of adultery even though he says he won’t. Arthur Dimmesdale, the partner in adultery, keeps his sin a secret while he preaches against all sin, but eventually does come forth and repents. All three sinned and even though God views all sin as equal, man does not view it as equal. In my opinion Chillingworth committed the worst sins. Now if they were in order from worst sinner to least sinner, then Arthur Dimmesdale would be second and Hester Prynne would be third. First, Roger Chillingworth committed the worst sin, because he planned his sin and lied about it. The bible, in Zechariah, even says
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Unformatted text preview: to not make evil plans against your neighbor. Chillingworth even lied about it! He told Hester, in chapter four, that he would not take revenge on her partner. Arthur Dimmesdale would be second. He kept his sin hidden instead of repenting of that sin. This causes him to be abusive to his own body, which is a sin since the body is the temple of God. The secret even pushes him to want to do evil near the end of the book. Finally, Hester Prynne would be the least sinner. Yes she committed the horrible sin of adultery, but she confessed her sin. She probably even repented to God. So all three sinned, but I believe Chillingworth was the worst. God, however, says that all sin is equal in sight, and that he will judge on the appointed Judgment Day. This means that all three equally sinned and will have to answer to God for it....
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