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In his criticism of The Scarlet Letter Harry Levin discusses the severity of the sins that are committed by Hester Prynne Reverend Dimmesdale and Roger Chilingworth Although all three main characters have sinned in the novel the ruthlessness of their sins is easily identifiable Harry Levin takes it upon himself to rank the three sinners in The Scarlet Letter based upon their sins and the circumstances that surround them The least severe sinner is Hester Prynne followed by Reverend Dimmesdale and the most severe sinner in Levins mind is Roger Chilingworth For Hester Levin states that her affair with Dimmesdale is pardonable Levin 10 because the lull in her relationship with Chilingworth was natural and there was nothing that she could do about it Her partner in sin Reverend Dimmesdale is stated to be an unwilling hypocrite who purges himself by means of open confession Levin 11 He also has seemingly been forced into his role but cannot publicly repent like Hester does by wearing a scarlet letter or wearing a black veil Levin continues by saying that by Hawthornes standard the Reverend has been more sinful than she has Levin 11 Although it is not discussed in the criticism the point that Levin makes can be proven in the story when Mr Dimmesdale is returning from the meeting with Hester in the woods Dimmesdale is described as being so full of energy that he decides that he wants to commit 4 sins Although they are not very severe the basic premise is that maybe he really is more evil than he appears Finally the crudest sinner in The Scarlet Letter is Roger Chilingworth Levin describes him in his criticism as follows Chilingworth whos assumed name betrays his frigid nature plays the role of the secret sharer prying into his wifes illicit affair spying upon her lover unawares and pulling the strings of the psychological romance Levin 11 Basically this means that no matter
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