Modeled by Thee Scarlet Letter’s Dimmesdale and The Crucible’s John Proctor, this is encouraged by their own self-judgment as well as the judgement of those around them. . Dimmesdale’s morality and disdain for his own hypocrisy causes him to castigate himself, physically and emotionally, due to his own moral fiber and the emotional torture Chillingsworth conducts on him. He realizes how dishonest he has been towards his congregation, and proclaims that he should’ve “long ago have thrown off [his] garments of mock holiness”, and shown himself to the people as God will see him (Hawthorne 134). John Proctor experiences a similar personal realization.
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.
Dimmesdale knew that his choice to step back and allow Hester to bear all the punishment was not morally just, and that choice forever ate at him until he revealed his true self. As the guilt grew stronger, he grew sicker and weaker. He was so afraid to ruin his reputation that he would rather suffer in silence. Hawthorne states, “…all the dread of public exposure, that had so long been the anguish of his life, had returned upon him; and he was already trembling at the conjunction in which- with a strange joy, nevertheless-he now found himself.”(140). Dimmesdale became lost within his identity due to the self-inflicted shame and guilt, and he finally came to the conclusion that he would be healthier if he came forward and revealed himself.
This is the society Hawthorne portrays in The Scarlet Letter. Hester Prynne faced one such discipline, in the form of a scarlet ‘A’ for adultery. She is forced to wear this letter upon her clothing, and made a social exile. Despite these harsh punishments, Hawthorne believed that keeping the sin to yourself was even worse. Hawthorne proved through Hester and Dimmesdale that hiding sin, above all, has a negative effect on the sinner; and that revealing sin will free you.
However, the contrasting characteristic of Dimmesdale’s hand over his heart indicates the fact that his life will be always filled with guilt and torture because his inability to be true. Hawthorne presents the scarlet letter and Dimmesdale’s hand over his heart both as the token of sin, but he eventually draws the differences between these two to convey the message that people will experience a stronger and permanent pain when they are unable to confess their sin to the
And the author also set a very satirical thing here--Demetrius once loved Helena and then loves Hermia after he met Hermia while he was in love with Helena. It is obviously that Demetrius is a bad man to fall in love with, but Egeus persists in marrying his daughter to him without any distinct reason. It is ridiculous for a father to marry his daughter to someone who is not loyal to love. However, this happens to Hermia and because of the home dictatorship that the daughter must obey her father, no one can change it, even Lysander`s accusement to Egeus and Demetrius. Comparing the Lines in the Original Version to That in the No Fear Version I insist that the lines in the original version is better than that in the no fear version, besides I love reading the no fear version because it is easy to understand.
Macbeth suffers greatly as a result of his choices. His inability to resist the temptations or chose to maintain a moral code, and staying true to his conscience are the major culprits to his final outcome. This is evident beginning in Act 1 when the Weird Sisters give his and Banquo 's prophecies regarding their future status, he remains rational and doubtful about the level of truth in their words. However, in the end, he is responsible for betraying his moral code and letting Lady Macbeth influence him into committing regicide in order to fulfill the Witches’ last prediction of his kingship. He acknowledges the wrongs and due to this regretful act that he has done, he was troubled with sleepless nights while being mentally exhausted as
“Guilt is the source of sorrows, the avenging fiend that follows us behind with whips and stings.” - Nicholas Rowe. This message is shown in The Scarlet Letter, through Hawthorne’s character Dimmesdale. Dimmesdale was created by Nathaniel Hawthorne representing a weak character in many ways. One of the many weak decisions made by Hawthorne that stood out was the guilt he had built up, eating away at him causing an internal struggle if he should do right and confess or if he should let the one he loves suffer because of his actions. Hawthorne sent messages throughout this film, people must accept responsibility for their actions or suffer the consequences and the choices people make determine what they become.
7-8) Father Garnet also insisted he lied for the conspirators for God's sake, to which the Porter speaks of also in Macbeth (Huntley).The Porter describes the equivocator, "Who committed treason enough for God's sake, yet could not equivocate to heaven. O, come in, equivocator" (Shakespeare II.ii. 8-10). Shakespeare also uses a theme of equivocation in Macbeth, by characters repeatedly concealing the truth. For example, Macbeth is brought to his death by the witches insinuating that Macbeth is safe.
Similarly to Winthrop, Hawthorne’s writing contains a lot of references to Christianity, but they run contrary to the character’s supposed natures. Hester, a sinner, looks like the Virgin Mary. On the other hand, someone who should never sin - the Reverend Dimmesdale - has sinned and is connected to the devil. Pearl, notices that Dimmesdale’s sin has poisoned his body and yells “‘Come away, or yonder old Black Man will catch you! He hath got hold of the minister already!’” (Hawthorne 118).