In The Scarlet Letter, how is the new sin that Hester is coming to realize worse than the one committed with Dimmesdale? (Chapter 15)

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Watching her husband, Roger Chillingworth, gathering herbs one day, Hester recognizes the intense hatred that she feels for her husband. She chastises herself for feeling this way, as she knows that it is sinful to hate someone, but she cannot shake the feeling, even though she knows it's wrong. She can hardly even remember their past life together without revulsion, despite the fact that there were, apparently, moments of their married life that seemed pleasant enough at the time. She shudders when she recalls that she believed herself to be happy then. Hester begins to feel that Roger has committed a "fouler offence . . . than any which had since been done [to] him" when he "persuaded her to fancy herself happy by his side." She feels that he has committed a far worse sin than the one she did, because his sin "betrayed'" her, in her mind. Roger essentially exploited her youth and innocence, irrevocably linking her to him for as long as they both continue to live, and persuaded her to think that marrying him was a good idea. He prevented her from having a real relationship with real "passion."

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Hester is struggling with Pearl during chapter 15. Pearl wants to know what the letter on her mother's breast stands for and why the minister too always puts his hand over his heart. Hester's new sin is not telling her child the whole truth about the letter. Hester even skirts the question by saying that she likes the gold stiching around the letter. Hester avoids Pearl's repeated questions. Hester's sin is lying to her child.

This is worse because in order for children to learn from their parents, they must be able to trust their parents. Pearl will discover the truth... it is like she already has. This lie to her daughter keeps happening as opposed to her singular encounter with Dimmsdale that resulted in little Pearl having life. This lie is giving birth to the evil that is seen in Pearl. Although Hester sought to raise Pearl perfectly, this lie will one day lose Pearl's trust and will make all the other work Hester did in raising her purposeless.

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