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Wicked Behavior In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

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Wicked behavior is inside of all humans in one point of their lives. Some behaviors are more wicked than others, but the severity is determined by a matter of opinion. Three of the main characters of The Scarlet Letter are Hester Prynne, Reverend Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth. The three of them are said to have sinned; two in the same way and one in another. I believe that Roger Chillingworth has committed a greater sin than the sin of Hester Prynne and Reverend Dimmesdale for numerous reasons. It also appears that Nathaniel Hawthorne expresses the same opinion as I do. The main character of The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne, is forced to wear a scarlet letter ‘A’ on her chest for committing the act of adultery while married. Since the novel takes place in a Puritan society, adultery is strictly against their rules. As a woman, Prynne is even more frowned upon and punished. The Puritans’ opinion on Hester can be seen in Chapter 2 of The Scarlet Letter. “The scene was not without a mixture of awe, such as must always invest the spectacle of guilt and shame in a …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that hester prynne, reverend dimmesdale, and roger chillingworth, the main characters of the scarlet letter, have sinned.
  • Analyzes how the main character of the scarlet letter, hester prynne, is forced to wear a scarlet letter ‘a’ on her chest for committing the act of adultery while married.
  • Analyzes how reverend dimmesdale is a central character in the scarlet letter. he was responsible for the adultery done with prynne.
  • Analyzes how chillingworth, the husband of hester prynne, has sinned the most out of the three characters.
  • Explains that hester prynne, reverend dimmesdale, and roger chillingworth are said to be wicked in the eyes of the puritans.

Since he possesses the title of “reverend,” he is expected to act as some sort of a saint. Dimmesdale was responsible for the act of adultery done with Prynne. Even though he is a reverend, he is also a man. Although Dimmesdale was aware of Hester’s marriage but not who her husband was, he understood the predicament in which she was in; he recognized her solitude. In Chapter 17, Hester made the revelation to Dimmesdale that Roger Chillingworth was her husband. Dimmesdale did not respond in a positive manner as stated, “Never was there a blacker or a fiercer frown than Hester now encountered.” (Hawthorne 149). Dimmesdale is the most innocent from the trio since he was constantly repented his sin, but was also a single man. He lived with this guilt inside of him day-by-day and physically hurt himself, intending to lose the

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