Knowing what only he and Hester know, the secret eats away at him and drives him close to insanity. Eventually leading to his very public death. Once he confessed his sin to the community, his guilt was gone too. Even after Dimmesdale repented, God still did not like the sin because his has still committed an unforgivable sin. But, once he repented, he felt as though he was separated from that sin.
The first line of the song is, “I hurt myself today, to see if I still feel.” Dimmesdale is hurting himself just because he thinks it will make up for his sin. The song talks about true pain that a person experiences throughout life. The song talks about a “crown of thorns” which relates to his shame and whatever mark is on his
He even brands himself with the letter A, a mark of his sins that he is only willing to reveal to himself until the end of the novel. He “stood on the verge of lunacy” (135), tortured by both himself and by Chillingworth. Even when he finally reveals his sin, he dies right after, admitting his cowardice in that he would rather die than experience public shame. He may have lived an easier life had he revealed his secret, but he was too focused on upholding his current moral righteousness that he could not bring himself to divulge his wrongdoings. His own shame was so strong that it led to
The person imagines something to be real, when it is not. The hallucination may be something the person sees, hears, or even smells. It involves a particular experience---an imagined experience---grounded in one of the senses.” (Harmon , 27) This hallucination has to do with the emotional guilt he feels toward the murder of his best and only friend. His guilt strikes him so deep that he can feel the disappointment that Banquo feels toward him. The sight of Banquo's bloody ghost coming back to haunt him strikes fear into his heart, causing him to become filled with guilt.
However this leads to his imprisonment and ultimately his death. During this journey, More is confronted with various characters who encourage him to neglect his morals. More gains insight into the dark heart of humanity when Rich and Cromwell accuse him of high treason on false claims. More accepts responsibility for his decisions and is willing to die in defence of his conscience and his own
Dimmesdale was a devout Puritan, and because of how hard they were on themselves he believed that he can no longer live a life of happiness. His despair was inflicted upon him once he committed adultery with Hester Prynne and decided to keep it secret.“While thus suffering under bodily disease, and gnawed and tortured by some black trouble of the soul…”(Hawthorne 117). The pain came from deep within Dimmesdale, and he believed that one sin can destroy his whole life. Puritanism is now looked upon as one of the hardest religions because of their strictness in their ways of life. They truly believed that if they sinned they would be looked at as if they were scum in the eyes of the church, and this was exactly how Dimmesdale saw himself.
Hester was punished for what she had done, and her and her new little girl went to live in exile. Dimmesdale, however, is facing a decision, to either confess his wrong doing or keep it a secret saving his job as a pastor. Everyone agrees that Dimmesdale committed adultery. Some people believe confession is the right thing to do. Controversy, others believe he
Hooper’s sacrifice acknowledges that sin comes at a high price, as he wore the veil, he isolated himself from the Puritan society and no longer accepted him as that was advent. The theme of the Minister’s Black Veil is that everyone has a secret sin, dying from others and that no one person can escape sin. “The subject had reference to secret sin, and those sad mysteries which we hide from our nearest and dearest, and would fain conceal from our own consciousness, even forgetting that the Omniscient can detect them” (Hawthorne). Reverend Hooper wears the black veil to communicate to his congregation and acknowledge that he has sinned. He sacrifices himself by wearing the black veil to recognize the sins committed by himself and the others townspeople; coming to terms with bad sins and remaining as part of humanity.
In both stories, these characters both struggle with their own sin, and attempt to make others realize sin that is inside of them. When Mr. Hooper wears his black veil, he becomes, “a man of awful power over souls that were in agony for sin” (Hawthorne 20). Mr. Hooper’s black veil makes him appear as a man who has committed an awful sin. This makes other people feel like they have a connection to him, and can go so far as to recognize their own sin. Similarly, Roderick Elliston attempts to make people view the sin within themselves.
Keeping this in mind, Dimmesdale is also ill, a punishment from god for his unspoken sin, as thus far the praised and respected reverend has yet to confess his sin of adultery. This unspoken truth is seemingly being punished by God in the form of pain within his chest, diminishing his health in petite spurs through his daily life. So long as his sin remains untold, the reader can collect that should Chillingworth not murder Dimmesdale on his own, he will be killed by his illness instead. Thus, all three devices are tied together in one, singular
As such, he commits the unpardonable sin, looking for sin in others. He fears that he has lost God’s grace, or fears that others may tempt him into sin. Uncertain of his place and of the intentions of others, he attempts to find the sin before it may taint him further. However, sin’s taint had already reached him. Weighted down by his constant search for certainty, Goodman Brown became “a sad” and “desperate man” (395).
Which he, being a puritan minister makes it worse. so, being to cowardice to admit his sin he punishes his self through self-harm. But his transformation always happens at the scaffold. Dimmesdale begins to punish himself by whipping himself, all night and does not get much sleep at night. He also grabs his chest in a way reminds Pearl of her mothers scarlet letter A. at this point in the story Chillingworth has