Abstract: My essay's main objective is to tell who is the greatest sinner
and prove those who concealed his or her sin will suffer more than those who
confessed to the public.
Key words: sin, Dimmesdale, Hester
Sin is defined in Webster New World Dictionary as fault, the willful breaking
of religious or moral law.? Mankind is prone to some degree of sin: it is a
barrier that can not be avoided. But it is a question as to what mankind can
do in order to achieve redemption from sinister ways, and also how to redeem.
However great a sin may seem, it can only augment itself by the perpetrator
not owning up and taking responsibility for it. In the book The Scarlet Letter
by Nathaniel Hawthorne, perhaps the greatest sinner was Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale.
Many of Hawthorne's works centers around what is right or wrong, and the consequences of breaking the basic links between humans by committing acts of sin (Brown). In this book, Reverend Dimmesdale is Hester Prynne's secret lover, with whom he shares his sin, the sin of adultery. It is ironic that despite Dimmesdale's profession, he commits this sin. For a great amount of time in this book, author Nathaniel Hawthorne shows how this sin is frowned upon by many of the townspeople.
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