What Is The Biggest Sin In The Scarlet Letter

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What even is sin? Is it something that you learn just not to do? To some, it may be more like something inside of themselves. Something against a person's own morals. Something that he or she cannot get over or stop thinking about. In The Scarlet Letter, a book written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale committed the biggest sin. This is not only because he had sexual relations with a woman who was already married, but also because he would not confess what he had done. It ate his soul away. He could not escape the guilt. He became a hypocrite.

The Bible talks a lot about how people should not have sex with anyone until the two are married. Then, once married, the two must remain faithful to each other until death. Considering that Chillingworth was a minister, he should probably know about this sin of the flesh (adultery) and stay away from it. He does not though. And once in sin, Dimmesdale thought he was too far gone to come …show more content…

He even begs Hester to tell everyone in the town who the father of the child was because he could not. He lets her stand on the scaffold and accept the punishments while he stands blameless. The book, where Heser is on the scaffold, even says, “Be not silent from any mistaken pity and tenderness for him; for, believe me, Hester though he were to step down from a high place, and stand there beside thee, on thy pedestal of shame, yet better were it so than to hide a guilty heart through life.” So, Dimmesdale committed the biggest sin because he sinned against God, Hester, his community, Chillingworth, and himself. If he would have owned up to what he had done, and asked for forgiveness, he could have been forgiven sooner and the guilt would not have eaten him away. A minister should know to ask for forgiveness and things would be easier. If he would not have been such a hypocrite, the sin would not have killed

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