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The Sins of Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth in The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is a report on the effects of sin to the hearts and minds of the main characters, Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, Roger Chillingworth. Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth. Sin strengthens Hester, humanizes Dimmesdale, and turns Chillingworth into a demon. Hester Prynne's sin has been adultery. This sin was regarded very seriously by the Puritans, and was often punished by death. Hester's punishment was to endure a public shaming on a scaffold for 3 hours and then wear a scarlet letter "A" on her chest for the rest of her life in the town. Although Hawthorne does not pardon Hester's sin, he also considers it less severe than people Dimmesdale and Chillingworth. Hester's sin was a sin of passion. This sin was openly acknowledged because she wore the "A" on her chest. Hester didn't commit the best sin of this novel. She didn't deliberately mean to commit her sin or intend to hurt other people. Hester's sin is her passions and love have been of greater importance to her than the Puritan moral code. This is revealed when she states to Dimmesdale, "What we did had a consecration of its own. We felt it so! We said to each other!" Hester fully acknowledged her guilt and exhibited it with pride into the entire world. This was obvious by how she exhibited the scarlet letter. It was elaborately designed as if to show Hester was thrilled. Hester is really a sinner, adultery isn't a light thing, even today. On the other hand, her sin has brought her maybe not evil, but good. Her charity to the poor, her relaxation to the broken-hearted, her unquestionable presence in times of trouble are all direct consequences of her quest for repe...