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Extra Credit, Quarter 1

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John Balliro | 2 comments Mod
Answer the following question in at least 250 words:

In the Scarlet Letter, each of the three main characters sins in some way. Which of them could be considered the "worst sinner"?
a) Hester Prynne, who cheated on her husband
b) Reverand Arthur Dimmesdale, who slept with another man's wife
c) Roger Chillingworth (Prynne), who gets revenge on the man who slept with his wife by befriending him and torturing him in secret

message 2: by Victoria (new)

Victoria Morgan | 1 comments C) Roger Chillingworth is a far worse sinner than either Hester or Dimmesdale. Chillingworth knew that Hester never really loved him and had not wanted to marry him but he forced her into it regardless. When he did not come to meet her in America after two years of her waiting for him she committed her sin. Hester and Dimmesdale committing adultery was a great sin and was wrong. However, there were other ways Chillingworth could have handled the situation without being so malicious. Seeking revenge to the extreme of death is a huge over reaction to the problem. Furthermore, Chillingworth is disguised as a doctor trying to nurse his sick "friend" back to health when in actuality he is giving the sick reverend a slow, torturous death. Murder is a far worse sin than adultery.

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Lauren Roche | 1 comments C) In the novel the Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne each of the main characters has committed a significant sin. However, I believe Roger Chillingworth could be considered the "worst sinner". Accumulatively, he has committed more grave sins than both Hester and Dimmesdale combined. For instance, he has taken it upon himself to try and make Dimmesdale's life as miserable on a daily basis as he can. He often makes comments and asks him questions that only make Dimmesdale feel more guilty and helpless. In addition, Chillingworth has deceived his entire community of his true identity, and in doing so is endangering the lives of others by pretending to be a legitimate doctor. Chillingworth has also refused Hester and Dimmesdale forgiveness, one of the most important teachings of Christian morality. Instead, he has chosen to seek revenge on the people who have wronged him. Unlike Hester and Dimmesdale, who have felt remorse for their sins and have taken steps toward redeeming themselves, Chillingworth continues to sin, despite being aware of the fact that he is destroying himself.

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Natalie Flynn | 1 comments C). In my opinion, I beleive that Roger Chillingworth is by far the worst sinner in the Scarlet Letter. Although both Hester Prynne, who cheated on her husband, and Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, who slept with another mans wife, both committed a horrible act, everybody makes mistakes. Numerous time, both Hester and Dimmesdale repeated the same mistakes. But, Chillingworth is going of his way to get revenge. He could be the bigger person and move on in his life and forgive both Hester and Dimmesdale, but he chooses to sneakily get revenge on Dimmesdale for what he did. This shows that Chillingworth has no respect for himself, he is willing to spend his time making someone's life miserable. Chillingworth could move on with his life and forget about what his wife and Dimmesdale has done to him, instead he treats Dimmesdale worse than he was treated.

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John Balliro | 2 comments Mod
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