The Worst Sinner In The Scarlet Letter

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Scarlet Letter Essay Who would you define as the worst sinner in The Scarlet Letter? The Scarlet Letter is about a young woman named Hester Prynne who came over from Europe with her husband who was supposed to follow after her. Hester Prynne had been waiting for her husband to come over but it had become prolonged. So Hester Prynne ended up committing adultery with the minister of New England named Arthur Dimmesdale. This story is about committing a sin against the Puritan culture that is all about holiness and living right before God. Their culture really took ‘living by the Bible” seriously and condemned those who didn’t obey God’s laws. It became a widely-known scandal all around the town and many people condemned and had hateful feeling for Hester. But the real effects of the hurtful sin actually affected the minister. The first character who…show more content…
He is the minister of New England and he’s supposed to be living a life that is holy before God and His people. Arthur Dimmesdale had made a huge mistake when he had sexual relations with Hester. It affected not only him but: Hester, Pearl, the townspeople, God, and Roger Chillingworth. Dimmesdale first acts like he didn’t do anything at the first scaffold scene by stating, “I have thought of death, have wished for it, would have even prayed for it, and were fit that such as I should pray for anything.” (Hawthorne 67.) How it affected him had a huge impact. After the sin he had his hand over his heart due to the stress of the situation and he ended up dying of a stroke/heart attack. Towards the end of the story he claims to Hester: “I freely forgive you now. May God forgive us both. We are not Hester, the worst sinners in the world.” There is one worse than even the polluted priest! That old man’s revenge has been blacker than my sin. He has violated, in cold blood. The sanctity of a human heart.” (Hawthorne
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