As the story progresses, it is apparent that Dimmesdale is the father of Pearl. As a an important member of the Church, he conceals his sin in an attempt to make it to go away. Unfortunately for him, the concealment of his sin takes a toll on his mental and physical health. He becomes a manic-depressive. Not only had he committed adultery, he also was being a hypocrite, as reverend calling for the acceptance of your sins.
Sin and the Sinner The Puritans were a fairly extreme religious sect, seen as radical even by 17th century England’s standards. Seeking a better life, many sailed to New England. They formed a characteristically harsh and hypocritical society. The Puritans punished sins harshly, punishments that certainly would not be permitted today. This is the society Hawthorne portrays in The Scarlet Letter.
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.
Hester in the scarlet letter and the adulteress from John 8 are very alike. They both committed Adultery, otherwise understood as voluntary intercourse including a married man or woman and a man or woman that is not the others spouse. Both of these women’s communitiesacknowledged their sin. And both if these women felt condemned by their sin. Their similarities are very evident, their differences however must be explored.
Secrets play a big role in the plot of the story. Dimmesdale and Chillingworth both die as a result of secrecy. Dimmesdale finally comes clean and claims pearl as his daughter and then “holds his hand over his heart” and dies. Chillingworth dies shortly after because his only will to live was when he wanted to find out the father and then punish him but now Dimmesdale is dead therefore he has nothing to live for. He strangely leaves everything he has to Pearl.
When we keep secrets we also keep guilt and guilt will destroy us from the inside. In the book of scarlet letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and how one woman who committed adultery with a character named dimmesdale who is the town revered. Dimmesdale kept secrets to maintaining his reputation but actions the guilt eats him from the inside. Dimmesdale the town revered for the puritan religion. He commits adultery with Hester and has a child, but instead of facing his sin he keeps inside for no one to know.
A Passage of Opinions The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne depicts a town of harsh judgment and unrelenting criticisms. In the puritan society described by Hawthorne the reader is given insight into their way of life. Due to the radically religious population, the town members were under constant scrutiny from their peers. One woman, Hester, committed the crime of adultery and was convicted to public humiliation. Adultery was a sin and not taken lightly.
While exploring the power of love and, manipulating people 's emotions the Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne was written on the battle of someone who was convicted of being a sinner living in a puritan society. The Scarlet Letter was a very influential novel because it was like a change in time, because it’s so different from what we see today. The story talks about Hester, who committed adultery and instead of giving her the punishment of death, she got the leeway of public humiliation. Throughout the novel the author uses characterization, tone and symbolism to help the readers better understand. First, there were the characters that helped to connect the theme sin, crime, and punishment.
The Scarlet Letter In the Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne introduces two male characters who play significant roles in the life of Hester Prynne, a Puritan woman who is sentenced with the lifelong embarrassment of wearing the scarlet letter of adultery during the early Boston era. Arthur Dimmesdale, who is the beloved minister of the Puritan community, is revealed as the man who committed the adulterous act with Hester. As Hester stands upon the scaffold for her public humiliation, Roger Chillingworth, her missing husband, appears in the crowd to Hester’s great horror to return from where he has been these past years. When Hester refuses to reveal her lover, the interaction between Dimmesdale and Chillingworth is set to begin. Throughout the
(Ahmadzai and Emal 1) When Layla's parent died with her husband she was sentenced or forced to make a promise to spend two years of isolation and solitude mourning, she compromised with the death of a broken heart. Which as previously mentioned she possibly killed the well being of herself through destructive emotions. Shortly after, Munjan died where to next to her. Both motives of death were caused by the irrational feeling of love, of each other. After Layla’s husband died, the reader finds “two more years without her beloved was enough to cause the women to give up on life” (Ahmadzai and Emal 2) This completely proved Layla's desperation.