What does it mean to sin, and who are the novel’s real sinners?

Hester is spared execution only because the “Puritans of Boston” decided it would benefit the community to transform her into a “living sermon against sin”.

A sin may mean differently depending on your religion, point of views, or how severe the committed act is. For example, people lie all the time it can be a small, innocent lie or it can be a huge lie that can harm someone; People may think that is a sin but others don’t.  I believe a lot of people never notice when they sin and if they do they don’t care. People may think they are not sinner and that they are perfect but everyone is a sinner. My definition o f a sin is any act that harms God or anything against the church.

In the Scarlet Letter, everyone is a sinner not only Hester because she committed adultery she changes throughout the book and that makes her a better person. All of the other characters are sinners as well. For example, I think Dimmesdale might be the worst sinners.



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