Motivation In The Scarlet Letter Summary

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Edward C. Sampson’s article, “Motivation in The Scarlet Letter” is a rebuttal against a past articles about the motivation behind Dimmesdale’s confession in the final scenes of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. Other critics- one of which includes Anne McNamara argue that Pearl is the sole cause of Dimmesdale 's confession of sins, which Sampson highly disagrees with. He strongly believes that it is Dimmesdale himself who causes his own confession and if any outside force is at fault it would be Hester, certainly not Pearl. Rather than Peals actions, it was Dimmesdale’s “sense of what is right and his feelings of guilt,” says Sampson, that provided a powerful motivation for confession. According to Sampson, it was also the dramatic revelation
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