Dimmesdale’s Punishment in The Scarlet Letter Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, a brilliant spokesperson and a devout and wise Puritan minister in Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, is the lover of a woman who commits adultery, Hester Prynne. Hester, a recognizable adulteress, wears the scarlet letter and lives as an outcast. Contradicting, Reverend Dimmesdale’s sin stays hidden from the Puritan community, known only to Hester and himself. As a minister, Dimmesdale believes he should suffer from punishments the way Hester did for committing the same crime, which leads him to fall into a terrible mental and physical state. Reverend Dimmesdale suffers a greater punishment than Hester by experiencing recurring guilt, physical harm, and Chillingworth’s torment.
How Claire controls the characters around her is best examined in the manner in which she carries out justice. Koby and Loby 's punishment are cruel and unconventional however they match their crime perfectly "Butler: What did you swear, Walter Perch and Jakob Duckling, before the court in Güllen? / The Pair: That we slept with Clara, that we slept with Clara." (33). The witnesses ' failure to testify truthfully equated to the punishment of blindness and castration for lying about what they saw and performed sexually.
Iago will continue his lies and deceptions as long as Desdemona and Othello’s marriage is intact. The use of dramatic irony reveal includes Iago’s claims that, “Or failing so, yet that I put the Moor/ At least into a jealousy so strong/ That judgment cannot cure” (II.1. 300-302). Iago believes that placing Othello into a pit of jealousy and paranoia will make him feel better. Iago believes he has to destroy Othello, because he believes that Othello committed adultery with his wife, Emilia.
The Puritans’ disgusting looks and hurtful words continually remind Hester of her sinful actions. Hester is originally tortured by the constant mental burden that the townspeople, her own daughter, and the scarlet letter enforce. The weight of her sin affects her physically and mentally. After seven years of punishment, her beauty and warmth have disappeared. Hawthorne writes, “her beauty, the warmth and richness of her womanhood, departed, like fading sunshine; and a gray shadow seemed to fall across her” (478).
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, seamstress Hester Prynne and Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale have a major love affair, resulting in Hester being outcast from society and Dimmesdale putting himself in a prison of shame and guilt. Adultery is extremely frowned upon in the Puritan community, which has very strict rules and is very oppressive. This love affair developed the consequence of their daughter Pearl, who was born into the shame due to the fact of her being a child born out of wedlock. The unconscious mind, portrayed by Sigmund Freud, is depicted vividly in the character of Hester Prynne whilst helping and tempting her with her decisions. The unconscious mind, as characterized by Sigmund Freud, an Austrian neurologist, consists of three parts: the id, ego, and superego.
Adultery, being a sin forbidden expressly in the seventh holy commandment, was a crime that was regarded with great shame from the community, as well as the disapproval from God. It was a transgression that not only betrayed the faith of a spouse, but one that demonstrated the priority of an individual (the sinner) over another. Proctor, in his weakness, betrayed his faithfulness to his wife Elizabeth and indulged in an affair with Abigail. Proctor notified Abigail that he will not falter again, telling her “Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut off my hand before I‘ll ever reach for you again.
In The Crucible, a drama by Arthur Miller, John Proctor demonstrates courage by speaking out for what he believes in while knowing his consequences, admitting his wrong doings with Abigail to save Elizabeth’s life, and choosing to be hanged over having his name posted on the church door because the second his signed confession is posted, his and his loved ones reputations will be ruined. In the beginning of the play all John Proctor cared about was his reputation. However, ultimately he sacrificed his reputation by telling the court he committed adultery. John telling the court he was guilty ruined his reputation, which made all hell break loose. He explains to the court that Abigail is involved with his crime, adultery.
This ‘injustice,’ which is a synonym for unfairness, can be caused by something as simple as race or gender and can be found in all parts of history. In the book The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the main protagonist, Hester Prynne, faces multiple accounts of injustice towards her and her child because Hester cheated on her husband with another man. In the beginning scene, she receives her punishment for this by being forced to stand on a scaffold with her child for everyone to look at with the scarlet letter ‘A’ embroidered on her chest. The crowd is so outraged at her adultery that one woman is heard saying “this woman brought shame upon us all, and ought to die” (Hawthorne). Further in the book, the townspeople continuously refer to Hester’s child, Pearl, as a ‘devil child,’ constantly connecting her to her mothers sin.
The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller and published in 1953. The play is about the Salem witch trials that happened in 1692. In these trials, people were hanged because the townspeople didn’t want the devil in their town. The people that lived in Salem were very religious so they believed that hangings would get rid of the devil, who was possessing and controlling certain townspeople. The Crucible starts out with a scene where a young girl is sick with a mysterious sickness.
“The idea of redemption is always, good news, even if it means sacrifice or some difficult times” (Smith). In The Scarlet Letter, composed by Nathaniel Hawthorne, a character named Hester Prynne commits adultery and her punishment is public shame; her daughter Pearl, sometimes seems very evil, but she is the main reason Hester chooses to continue her life. Hester’s husband, Roger Chillingworth, plots to get revenge on the man who is also involved but who will not confess and share some of Hester’s shame. The town reverend, Arthur Dimmesdale is becoming very sick because he is hiding a sin of his own as well. Many characters struggle with injustice and fight to find justice, but it is obvious that Hester Prynne responds to her injustice in a