1."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. Thou and I, Hester, never did so!"
Crime can be defined as an action or omission that constitutes an offense that may be prosecuted by the state and is punishable by law.
While a sin can be defined as an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law.
A sin is connected to ones religion and is not necessarily connected to ones government. They are not always one and the same. But most governments consider some types of sins as crimes. An example of crime would be going 100 miles over the speeding limit. An example of sin can be cheating during a test. An example of a sin that is also considered a crime would be perjury.
2. Hester feels the hatred that the people of the village have put upon her. At the beginning of the book she walks with "natural dignity and force of character" towards the scaffold as she holds her sin, the baby. She takes her punishment with humility; and does not act out against the people of the village by becoming a witch or creating havoc in the town. Hester works in her little hit making clothes for the rich and the poor. She refuses to hide her letter because she refuses to let it define her, “the scarlet letter has not done its office.” Gradually throughout the book Hester turns cold, suicidal and self-reliant.
Chillingworth obsession with finding our the man that shares Hesters sin consumes him, and pretty soon even Hester 's infidelity becomes subordinate to his twisted relationship with Dimmesdale. In Dimmesdale, Chillingworth...
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...ontinue to strengthen throughout her struggle. Hawthorne’s depiction of Hester showed us that even women can be heroic figures.
5. The society built by the Puritans was stern and repressive, with little room for individualism. In this society, the "path of righteousness" was very narrow and taught through stern sermons on guilt and sin. Puritans were not able to look past a person’s sin and separate it from the sinner. I don’t think we have lost any values that we may want to take from the Puritan society. There is no freedom of religion; it is a society that limits ones freedom. The whole book I believe is a criticism of the Puritan system. It shows the hypocrisy of people in authority. Puritans believed that women would take over the domestic duties of the household and were given little to no freedom. Honestly a lot of Puritan laws were silly and extremely harsh.
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