Author Dimmesdale In Christian’s view, Bible teach that God will save them by admit their sin. Although in Buddhism’s view, concept of sin is not clear, in order from them to jump out of the transmigration, they need to admit the sin. Human are living in a world that flood with sins and evil behavior, that people not only not acknowledge their sin, but also try to deny it. Author Nathaniel Hawthorne viewed the corruption of the church and government and their hidden sin. Hawthorne portrayed Dimmesdale ,a combine of sinner and saint, change by his hidden to show people the power of hidden sin. Hawthorne describe Dimmesdale as a young faithful prayer, that came to the new world and to save the people. In the eyes of the people, he is pointed by God as a saver and he will use his knowledge to serve people. In the eyes of the church, Dimmesdale’s knowledge is better than any priest in the town, as a reason of that, Dimmesdale earned the supreme …show more content…
As a faithful believer, Dimmesdale put all of his heart in to God, but he cannot admit his relationship with Hester. He did not realize his mistake until he talked with Hester at the forest. God plans a perfect place for Dimmesdale to claim his sin, the same place Hester reveal seven years ago. He admit his sin as a winner who fight with sin.Author use irony to show those do not admit sin that sin will reveal no matter how you hide it. “ ‘Thou hast escaped me!" he repeated more than once. "Thou hast escaped me!’ ”( Chapter 23 Scarlet letter), although Chillingworth try to stop Dimmesdale to tell the truth, but Dimmesdale is firm his in his stand and admit his sin. Finally, seven years of fighting with the hidden sin he win and died as the winner of the fight with evil. After he admitted his sin, he can embrace God’s mercy and grace. God set Dimmesdale free when he admitted his
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The societal view on sin in Puritanical colonial Massachusetts was that sin was inevitable, but should be avoided as often as possible and when committed should be repented for. Sin was going directly against the word of God and, based on the severity of the sin, it could possibly determine one’s place in the afterlife. Dimmesdale knows full well what is and isn’t sin, being a Reverend in Boston. Dimmesdale is tasked with dealing with others’ sins on a daily basis, and often has to help sinners repent. It is easy then to predict that Dimmesdale cares about sin when it comes to others as well, and might have empathy for the sinners despite the sins the enact.
In the short story “The Minister’s Black Veil” and the novel The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne tells the stories of two men who keep their sins secret and are hurt deeply. In The Scarlet Letter, Reverend Dimmesdale does not reveal his sin to the community and experiences far more pain than Hester, whose sin is revealed. Years after the original sin, Hester has healed and is accepted by the community, while Dimmesdale still feels guilty, as can be seen when he mounts the scaffold. Dimmesdale’s experience is similar to that of Reverend Hooper, who covers his face after a secret sin and is eschewed by the community. When we refuse to admit our faults, we will feel guilty
“What can thy silence do for him, except it tempt him— yea, compel him, as it were — to add hypocrisy to sin?” After the different approaches Dimmesdale brought forward to the community, she is being asked to reveal his name by asking what does she get from adding on to the sin. How does her hiding the name save him, from a sin he has already done? He tried in every way to get it out of her. He asks why was it okay for her lover to perform the adultery, do the sin, but then suddenly not okay for him to take on the punishment with her in front of the community.
And the shame!—the indelicacy!—the horrible ugliness of this exposure of a sick and guilty heart to the very eye that would gloat over it!” , thus presenting verbal abuse. He then guilts her into apologizing for not revealing that Chillingworth was her husband until then, by saying, “Woman, woman, thou art accountable for this!—I cannot forgive thee!”. Dimmesdale went further in putting down the images of others by immediately adding how awful he viewed Chillingworth, saying that he “has violated, in cold blood, the sanctity of a human heart” and implying that Chillingworth was “the worst sinner in the
Dimmesdale's guilt overtakes him. With the stress from the congregation viewing him as someone who is "holier-than-thou", and Mr. Chillingworth bating him, he becomes conflicted with his feelings of sinfulness and feels the need to keep this a secret from the congregation. The more his guilt overtakes him, the better his sermons got. Because he is so overwhelmed with remorse and shame his sermons have become famous. he connects more with the audience because he believes that he is more sinful than they are.
This internal conflict of sin over reputation is a huge burden for him. This desire to have redemption and respect is unattainable but he tries to find a solution by trying to find a way to redeem himself by any other means so he can still keep his respect within the community. “ in order to purify the body, and render it the fitter medium of celestial illumination—but rigorously, and until his knees trembled beneath him, as an act of penance…. he tortured, but could not purify himself” (96). He does this by whipping himself when he is alone but in the end, he still knows that even though he thinks that he brutally punishes himself he still feels the guilt and he knows that he will never have salvation from hs sin unless he confesses his
dimsdale was praised because people could sympathize with the sermons he gave about committing sins and people were always willing to listen to his advice because of the role he played as the head of the church. People in salem admired dimmesdale lot this admiration created respect for dimmesdale within the community.when people in the community talked to dimmesdale they addressed him in a praising manner. “good master Dimmesdale “said he “the
Arthur Dimmesdale, the minister, a clergyman had committed the horrid sin of adultery, the same sin as Hester. Dimmesdale’s holy affiliation gave him a kind and pure disposition and this was solidified by his dimwittedness, making him seem almost childlike. By having a character with these qualities, Hawthorne contradicts the stereotype he has set up by having Dimmesdale be “unworth... [y] to [complete his] humblest mission” (71), a quality virtually unheard of among ministers. The author then has Dimmesdale confess his “sin so awfully revealed!”(211) in order for both Hester and Dimmesdale to redeem themselves of sin and restore the goodness.
In order to reveal Dimmesdale's sorrowful nature. Hawthorne describes the different actions the poor minister takes in order to attempt to atone for his sins such as “[fasting]” and his use of a “bloody scourge” he genuinely believed that this would help to purify himself of his sins and to relieve the burden that he was forced to bear upon his shoulders, however his attempts to atone ultimately lead to even more torment. Hawthorne discloses this by describing Dimmesdale’s visions of the “herd of diabolic shapes, that grinned and mocked at the pale minister” this further reveals the utter anguish that he is going through another example of this is the vision of his mother “turning her face away as she passed by” the emotional
As the moving of story, the “side effect” of the hidden sin has reveal. Dimmesdale become more sick and powerless. As the end of the story, Dimmesdale concede the sin and died as the winner of the fight with hidden sin. Dimmesdale as a combination of saint and sinner, his sin is not committed adultery, but it is that he cannot face the sin and admit it. He wanted to be all perfect in the eyes of the masses, but destroyed his perfectly in the eyes of God.
Mentally, his guilt strains his mind, which causes his physical deterioration, and the weakening of his body. As Dimmesdale finally admits his sin to the townspeople, his guilt is lifted, and he is able to release himself from his captivity. Though he deteriorated both mind and body from his guilt, by telling the townspeople of his sin, it was as if “a spell was broken” (238). He no longer needed to force himself to hide his sin, which was what was hurting him. By finally dealing with his sin in a similar way to Hester, Dimmesdale was able to free himself of his self-imposed captivity and
In Dimmesdale not confessing and facing a punishment in the eyes of the church as well as the townspeople, causing him to take to his own means, while Hester is able to face a punishment. Dimmesdale does what he believes is right for his punishment by doing acts that damaged his mind and body. Dimmesdale, in creating his own punishment, holds vigils that last all night, fasted to the point that he barely ate anything at all, beat himself, and lost the will to live. Dimmesdale's sin stays with him throughout the book, and the readers see his mind and body deteriorate through his mysterious sickness, while the readers see Hester become a closed off outcast trying to repent. The townspeople in the book see DImmesdale's sickness, and how devoted he is to his faith and begin to believe that he is holy, and an angel sent to sent to save them, while Hester has repented and become able, as well as an
... He longed to speak out, from his own pulpit, at the full height of his voice, and tell the people what he was. His deception over the people increases his stress level which add onto his decline of health. Dimmesdale’s suffering and guilt drives him to physically abuse himself.
Dimmesdale had achieved a brilliant popularity in his sacred office. He won it, indeed, in great part by his sorrows. (Hawthorne 128) The guilt of his sin has eaten him alive, so much that his visage and demeanor are almost cadaverous. Dimmesdale does not confess his sin until the end of the novel because he does not want to disappoint his congregation.