Character Development In Dimmesdale's Guilt

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In Chapters 7-12 Dimmesdale's character development advances the power of guilt in this section of the text. We see Dimmesdale's guilt surface at the end of chapter 10 when Chillingworth finds some sort of figure on Dimmesdale's chest. Although we don't know what this figure is, the audience can assume that this is an "A" that has been spotted. This "A" helps to elaborate the guilt that Dimmesdale is bearing both internally and externally for his role in the bearing of their child Pearl. Dimmesdale's guilt continues to surface when we see his health continue to decline because of the weight he bears for not releasing his name along with Hester's as an adulterer. Hawthorne describes him as being “emaciated” and his voice as having a "certain
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