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.
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.
He suffers from guilt and sin, but above all this he carries his honor. Proctor states, “I have given you my soul; leave me my name,” (1357) because he feels he has to protect that name sense he only gets one. Proctor refuses to have his name shown to the public after admitting to witchcraft in respect to himself and he dies with his dignity. Reverend Hale changes his opinion of witchcraft in Salem by the end of the play. Hale sees what is right and believes Proctor after such justification.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Jem believe Maycomb is Unjust because The Maycomb he used to know is not like what it is now, Which is shown when the prejudice members of his community are against Tom, Lula refusing to let Jem & Scout enter their church, and When he was punished for destroying Mrs. Dubose’s flowers. To Start Off, Scout was explaining on how the final verdict of the jury & judge affected Jem & loss faith in the citizens of Maycomb. Scout says, “I shut my eyes. Judge Taylor was polling the jury: “Guilty...guilty...guilty...guilty…” I peeked at Jem: his hands were white from gripping the balcony rail, and his shoulders jerked as if each “guilty” was a separate stab between them” (282). Maycomb is an injustice town because as every time the Jury said “guilty” it negatively affected Jem like he was being stab inside which illustrates how he was very confident in knowing that Tom will be acquitted & be found innocent but, after the verdict it had made realizes & lose hope on the members of his community.
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
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
John’s affair has been put behind him, but he still travels with the guilt and sin of committing adultery. He is unable to address the situation involving witchcraft in the town of Salem due to the amount of hypocrisy it would involve. He has truly learned from his sin and aims toward reaching goodness. John’s mission to reach redemption is tested in the conclusion of the novel as he has to choose between honesty and death or the culmination of his sin and the salvation of his
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
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.
John Proctor, a character from The Crucible is a Rebel/Misfit Archetype. A Rebel/Misfit is defined as a character that radically rejects the values of a society and the restrictions placed on him or her. I chose to do my research project on John because Proctor is my favorite character from The Crucible and throughout the whole book he was feeling guilty for his actions but wanted to do the right thing. Proctor can also fit into the Hero Archetype for sacrificing his life to save his wife. Back in the 1690s, not going to church every Sunday was a sin and could be punishable by death.