Dimmesdale In The Scarlet Letter

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Dimmesdale’s True Colors Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, also the father of Hester’s child, showed prominent parts of his character throughout the story. The first trait the reader becomes aware of is Dimmesdale’s cowardice. He has no intentions of revealing his sin to the public, due to how highly he is seen in the community’s eyes. Remorse, or guilt, is another term that can be associated with Dimmesdale, growing increasingly more prominent as the novel goes on. 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 …show more content…

Hester can wear her scarlet letter in public, and has adjusted enough to continue living a normal life. Dimmesdale, on the other hand, lives in secret with his scarlet letter affecting him more every day. He envies how Hester has managed to embrace her scarlet letter, while his guilt is only increasing. At one point, Dimmesdale feels so much envy that he says, “Happy are you, Hester, that wear the scarlet letter openly upon your bosom! Mine burns in secret! Thou little knowest what a relief it is, after the torment of a seven years’ chear, to look into an eye that recognizes me for what I am!” (Hawthorne 107). Green, for envy, was around used red to show how Dimmesdale truly loved Hester, despite his moments of envy towards her. I kept the green on the very inside of the mandala because I assume that secretly, a lot of envy was held inside by Dimmesdale; it would be hard not to have any envy with a situation that seems to have no positives to it. It seems that as time goes on, Hester is transitioning back to normal, while Dimmesdale’s guilt is pushing him closer to

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