Not only is Young Goodman Brown betraying his own loved ones and beliefs but the ones he cares for are disregarding him right back. This plot is quite frankly like a train of dominos; one does bad, the same receives bad. Each example of betrayal helps move along and set up yet another example. Hawthorne gives his readers a harsh reality of betrayal in all types of relationships and the penalties that come with it. The message behind this story may be hard to discover but it needs to be widely
He feels guilty for having an affair with Hester and keeping it a secret. As a result, he punishes himself physically, going to great lengths to try and rid himself of guilt. He lives his life hiding the truth from others, while watching Hester struggle to come to terms with the truth. The height of the hypocrisy in the situation comes when Dimmesdale tells Hester, "Be not silent from any mistaken pity and tenderness for him; for, believe me, Hester, though he were to step down from a high place, and stand there beside thee, on thy pedestal of shame, yet better were it so, than to hide a guilty heart through life. What can thy silence do for him, except it tempt him-yea, compel him, as it were-to add hypocrisy to sin (Hawthorne 58)?"
Cowardice, a lacking of bravery when facing danger, was a trait that Dimmesdale carried. Hester and Dimmesdale have both committed adultery, but Hester accepts and embraces what has happened. Alternatively, for Dimmesdale, enduring seven long years of guilt and sin are required to get him to finally reveal the truth. Taking so many years to do so shows how
He knows what is right and wrong but one example has been haunting him in his life. Now in a Puritan society, sin had to have been confessed publicly and they must bear their shame. This however goes against what the Word actually says and this is what created Arthur Dimmesdale as a character. He most likely has already repented to God but his guilt will not leave until he confesses it to his congregation and it leads him to other “ways” of repentance. Being reminded of his guilt 24/7 causes his his health to deteriorate to the point of death, possibly alluding to the fact that the wages of sin are death.
This made Sage understand that the past should not be the reason to live by. In addition, regret is another emotion that is evident throughout the novel. It is especially apparent with Joseph. He feels that he needs to be punished for all the things he has done in the past. When Sage asks why he is so desperate to die, he replies, “Because I should be dead, Sage.
In the book, Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer writes of his personal experience to add more to Chris McCandless’ story and to the readers understanding of his character. After Krakauer had written the article on Chris, many people had believed that Chris was a suicidal kid who wanted to rebel against the world and his parents. Krakauer, however, did not believe that this was the case because at one time he and Chris had similar characteristics and dreams, “As a youth, I am told, I was willful, self-absorbed, intermittently reckless, and moody. I disappointed my father in the usual ways. Like Chris McCandless, figures of male authority aroused in me a confusing melody of corked fury and hunger to please.” (Page 134, paragraph 3) Regarding this, Chris and Krakauer were very similar people when they had decided to
In Robertson Davies’ novel Fifth Business, the author utilizes the characters to illustrate that a person’s guilt may become a deadly venom to their conscience if it is carried as a burden throughout their life. This only leads to the deterioration of the characters, themselves. Paul Dempster’s guilt begins as a child when his father, Amasa Dempster, starts to blame him for his mother’s simple behaviour. Being a gullible child, Paul’s father is able to strictly reform how Paul thinks of himself. The words of Amasa’s verbal abuse continue to form Paul’s life as he immerses himself with guilt over what his mother has become.
The narrator of “The Seventh Man” should forgive himself because the blame he puts on himself, is not logical, because he couldn’t have done anything to save his best friend, K. In the short story, “The Seventh Man” the narrator describes the guilt and burden he carries throughout his life and how he lives a difficult life full of sorrow. The guilt he feels is called “survivor guilt”. The thought that someone could of done or should of done differently is considered “survivor guilt”. The blame that the narrator feels is very irrational. Others who also deal with survivor guilt know the irrationality but still take responsibility.
Arthur Dimmesdale, the embodiment of “human frailty and sorrow” is one of the most interesting characters in The Scarlet Letter. Dimmesdale, a pastor revered by all around him, strong, but a cowardly individual. For example, Dimmesdale lived with the guilt of committing adultery with Hester Prinne for about seven years. Dimmesdale inward struggle mimicked his outward appearance of emaciation. Even though, Hester bore the cruel burden, punishment, and ostracized of their sin, he continued to keep their sin secret no matter how much it pained him.
This quote holds literary significance because it symbolizes the destructive effects that love can have on an individual. After Catherine stops communicating with Linton he grows even more ill and literally starts dying of heartbreak. This extreme reaction to a lack of love represents the destructive power that love can have on a person’s health and life. The quote symbolizes the destructive nature of love by emphasizing the intense effects of Catherine 's relationship and its effects on Linton’s rapidly deteriorating health. This quote holds literary significance because it characterizes Hareton by emphasizing his desire for Catherine 's validation.
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is set in a gloomy, distressed, religious atmosphere in Boston, Massachusetts with multiple main characters known for the sins they have done. One of those being a man named Arthur Dimmesdale who is known for being a sinful and hypocritical individual. He is part of the Puritan community who are very judgmental people, so readers can more likely see the conflict that will arise. Nathaniel Hawthorne illustrates his theme that secrets that are hidden will have its consequences. Dimmesdale is very conflicted with himself and also with the community; he struggles with doing the right .