Which Character is the Worst Sinner? In most biblical context, sin is defined as any act that violates divine law, which is any law that comes directly from the will of God. Sins of careless living, or venial sin, is any lesser sin that does not result in a complete divorce from God. Most religions believe that venial sins do not result in damnation but only hurt your relationship with God. Although venial sin is a only a small fracture in His eyes, it is very destructive and can lead to someone committing one of the Seven Deadly Sins.
Hester=s most serious sin isn=t marrying someone she doesn=t love or committing adultery, it is wasting her life because of these sins. Roger Chillingworth is the one condemned sinner with an unredeemable soul. This is because he deliberately chooses evil. He commits the unpardonable sin according to Hawthorne. He not only doomed himself, but he violated the sanctity of another human heart.
His life's work has been dedicated to God, and now his sin has tainted it. He feels that he is a fraud and is not fit to lead the people of the town to salvation. His secret guilt a much heavier burden than Hester's since he must hold it all within himself. This also reveals Dimmesdale weakness. Arthur wanted desperately to admit his sin to the world, which is shown throughout the book.
From the congregation’s point of view, Dimmesdale is seen as “the saint on Earth” and that no sin is present within his pure and “white soul”; however, the truth is that he’s “vile,” he’s “the worst of the sinners” (149). In the Puritan community, lying and adultery are both viewed as a sin. Dimmesdale’s fear to confess his sin only makes the sin worse, making him a “viler companion of the vilest,” or, in other words, viler than Hester (149). Dimmesdale has a tremendous amount of guilt that he hides from the community, making him physically ill and for him to submit himself to torture. Though, his weak frame and sickly appearance only make his congregation think he is even more holy.
This goes against the Puritians ways of being holy which means Hester is not only a sinner but a criminal as well. Prynned had commited one of the seven deadly sins which is lust. She is put onto a platform so society may look down at her for commiting a sin. However Hester doesnt view herself as the worst sinner in the town of Boston but, views Chillingsworth as the worst sinner of all. In chapter 15 Hester states how Chillingsworth has "done me worse wrong than I have done him."
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. Thou and I, Hester, nev... ... middle of paper ... .... The consequences of his admittance to the grievous sin were also a factor in his decision and ended up being too much for him in the end leading to his passing as soon as he took Pearl and Hester’s hands on the scaffold and told the world he was a sinner.
Chillingworth proved himself to be a hypocrite because although he was a doctor he inflicted harm upon Chillingworth rather than healing and only cared about revenge. Most of all the Puritans showed themselves to be hypocrites because they acted as if they never sinned. They judge Hester extremely harsh for her sin and yet were still willing to associate with her for the sake of vanity. Everything in The Scarlet Letter is covered with a layer of hypocrisy and evil. Both Hester and Dimmsdale knew that the secret they had should be revealed.
Although the main theme of this sermon was the Anger of God, this sermon is meant to depict the relationship between the Holy God and sinful man. First of all, Edwards describes the natural condition of man as being bleak. He says that God’s fury “burns against them”, that God’s “glittering sword is whet, and held over them, and the pit hath opened its mouth under them” (196). What he means by this is that “unconverted men” are in a standing with God that is precarious (196). They have not yet fallen under the judgment of God, but could at any given time be swallowed whole by the wrath of God.
For most of The Scarlet Letter, Dimmesdale chose to lie. Dimmesdale also believes that his sin has taken the meaning out of his life. His life's work has been dedicated to God, and now his sin has tainted it. He feels that he is a fraud and is not fit to lead the people of the town through their Puritan beliefs. Dimmesdale knows that he has done wrong.
The Middle Ages was a time of instability and corruption, which was when Dante Alighieri lived. Dante wrote about the horrible era because he wanted to show his hatred towards the current leaders. In the Inferno, he illustrates the unethical community vividly by the use of influential figures that disobey the laws. Additionally, Dante uses imagery in Hell that shows the connection between the Earthly sins and gruesome punishments that portray a vivid image emotionally attached to the church. Furthermore, Dante’s orthodoxy expresses mockery because the church did not always have a clear interpretation for the placement of a multiple sinner, thus exposing the inconsistent church.