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Hawthorne's Views of Sin and Society

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This question presents a sentence, part of which or all of which is underlined. Beneath the sentence, you will find five ways of phrasing the underlined part. The first of these repeats the original; the other four are different. If you think the original is best, choose the first answer; otherwise, choose one of the others.

Hawthorne’s complex treatment of his main characters in The Scarlet Letter seems to indicate that he viewed that the sins of deception and vengeance rooted in hatred were greater sins than the sin of infidelity, despite the social views of both the novel’s setting and Hawthorne’s own times.

A

he viewed that the sins of deception and vengeance rooted in hatred were greater sins than the sin of infidelity, despite the social views of both the novel’s setting and Hawthorne’s own times.

B

he believes that deception and hateful vengeance are greater sins than infidelity, despite the social views of both the novel’s setting and Hawthorne’s own times.

C

he believes that the sin of infidelity, unlike the view of his own society and that of the novel, was not as great as that of deception or the sin of hate-filled vengeance.

D

he viewed the sin of infidelity, which both his society and that in the novel viewed to be a great sin, to be lesser than that of deception or vengeance, which are rooted in hate.

E

, contrary to the beliefs of his society and the one in the novel, he believes that the sins of deception and vengeance, rooted in hate, are greater sins than the one of infidelity, which might be rooted in love.