The Greatest Sinner In Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Scarlet Letter'

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English 11- H 8 October, 2012 The Greatest Sinner Sin is very immoral; and is a despicable act that defies divine law. Anyone who is a sinner is thought of as an offender of what is pure. In the novel, The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne which is a novel about an adulterous and her secret lover who wanted to escape the society of old time Puritan Boston and their own personal sins. One of the characters, Roger Chillingworth, wants them to pay through humiliation and guilt and so he wants them alive and to stay in Boston. He foils their plans to escape so the only other escape options were death. Hawthorne left it to the reader to determine who the real greatest sinner was; was it the committer of adultery, Hester Prynne, Aurthur…show more content…
This though is invalid and not true because sin comes out of happiness and Dimmesdale does this for the joy of his heart. He does not intend to hurt anyone he only seeks to be happy but he simply isn’t “man enough” to step up. Chillingworth has the greatest sin because he seeks his revenge which has blinded him. He intends on harming others and putting Dimmesdale in a miserable slow death. Sin is a crime caused by wanting joy but Chillingworth is not like that. His actions are purely evil which is true sin. “ At first, his expression had been calm, meditative, scholar-like. Now, there was something ugly and evil in his face...” (Hawthorne 120.) “ Old Roger Chillingworth, throughout his life, he had been calm in temperament , kindly, though not of warm affections...but, as he proceeded, a terrible fascination, a kind of fierce...” ( Hawthorne 123.) This example shows that Throughout the novel chillingworth has changed for worse and that he used to be good and scholar-like but now he is “ugly” (Hawthorne 123). “I shall escape thee now!” ( Hawthorne 249). Here dimmesdale reveals everything and dies but while revealing this chillingworth argues and tries to stop him because he wants to do the harming and not have dimmesdale get out of his

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