Man's Unforgivable Sin
The society we live in today is one very different then in Boston during the 1600's. Our technology, our educational systems, our morals, and even the way in which we think is different. However, one thing which has remained the same is our nature as humans. In the novel The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne has some interesting views on the human heart. Although Hawthorne believes in the existence of good and evil,
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about human nature are eminent in this quote. He feels that Chillingworth is "evil, but Hester and Dimmesdale are human. They made a mistake and sinned, and are atoning for it, which both of them do by the end of the book. Chillingworth, however, is never forgiven for his pure hatred and maliciousness for Dimmesdale, and to Hawthorne, this is a much worse sin than adultery. This is the one sin which is entirely unforgivable.