Chilling worth. She commits adultery with Mr. Dimmesdale who is the minister of the Puritan community. She accepts her mistake and she is publicly shamed in front of all the community for committing the crime. People standing in front of the scaffold passes hateful comments to her because they think she has committed a serious crime and she just stands on the scaffold carrying her daughter which is the result of her adulterous behavior listening to the negative comments passed on her. Hester Prynne is also made to wear the Scarlet letter ‘A’ on her chest which reminds her and the people of the Puritan society about the sin she committed.
The town minister, Dimmesdale, is the man who committed adultery with Hester, except he chooses to keep this sin a secret. Hawthorne uses Dimmesdale to represent dimming the light of truth, being dumb about not telling the truth, and the light of his life dimming due to not telling the truth. Hawthorne says, “about this period, however, the health of Mr. Dimmesdale had evidently began to fail … his form grew emaciated; his voice … had a certain melancholy prophecy of decay in it; he was often observed … to put his hand over his heart, with a flush and then a paleness, indicative of pain” (Hawthorne
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter tells the tale of Hester Prynne as she is led from a towns prison to the scaffold with her infant in her arms with the Scarlet Letter which is an A, on her chest which symbolized the crime she as committed. When a man in the crowd asked why Hester Prynne is on the scaffold. The man answers that Hester has committed the sin of adultery. The father of Pearl Arthur Dimmesdale must live with the guilt of the sin he has committed. While Roger Chillingworth is out to get revenge.
In obedience to God, Hosea married Gomer. His relationship with her, her adultery, and their children became living prophetic examples to Israel. With Gomer, Hosea had a son named Jezreel, whose name means "god sows," and a daughter named Lo-rhamah, which means "unloved." In this personally painful experience of marriage to a woman of bad name, Hosea discerns the message that God considers the people of Israel unfaithful to the covenant of the Hebrew people to
First, Dimmesdale reinforces the theme of guilt because he feels remorse for not confessing his sin of adultery. Hester and Dimmesdale, a minister, both commit adultery with each other and the consequence is Hester becoming pregnant with Pearl. Being too much of a coward to reveal he is Pearl’s father out on the scaffold, Dimmesdale punishes himself for seven years by carrying his burden all on his own. The name Dimmesdale represents dimming the light of truth, therefore, his life is fading when he will not confess his sins. Hawthorne states, “He (Dimmesdale) thus typified the constant introspection wherewith he tortured, but could not purify, himself.” (Hawthorne 132).
In The Scarlet Letter, a novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne, a narcissistic personality is seen in the character of Dimmesdale, the reverend in the Puritan town of 17th century Boston, and secret lover of Hester Prynne. Hester, having given birth to a child out of wedlock, is forced to wear the letter “A” on her chest as punishment for her adultery. She is ceaselessly insulted and ostracized by the other Puritans for the rest of her time in the town. Meanwhile, Hester refuses to reveal who her lover is and thus, Dimmesdale is able to maintain his facade of a pure and holy reverend. However, Dimmesdale belittles Hester’s suffering while punishing himself out of shame, revealing his narcissistic tendencies.
Uniquely, Hester Prynne is displayed by Hawthorne to expatiate how being driven to live through the effects of sin eventually lead to redemption. Altogether, Nathaniel Hawthorne presents his idea for redemption in colonial America by allowing characters to fail and succeed in pursuit for redemption in order to prove that one must be driven in surviving the effects of sin to break through the barricade of their puritanistic crimes. The puritanistic monster of sin is a barricade between the characters and redemption. The struggling characters face puritan backlash from within their community which rejects some of them from reaching redemption. Hester was forced to endure this ignominy for adultery in which crushes her feelings, making her seem worthless in her mind.
He even put some of the blame on God by claiming God was punishing him for getting a divorce from his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Henry actually had a lot of fault for the crumbling marriage. He pushed Anne Boleyn away, began acting cruel towards her, and started an affair with Jane Seymour. Anne went into such despair over the affair that she miscarried her child. And when it comes to their child`s deformity, you can`t blame anyone for that.
Do You Know Where I Am? consists of a dark and bleak tone as David, the narrator, describes the journey of life with his wife, Sharon. Going in depth about their hardships and the unforgiving nature of their marriage, the mood of the story remains heart-wrenching. When David lies as the cat incident occurs, Sharon still agrees to marry David since that relationship is all she knows; however, she realizes in her heart that he is not the man she desired to marry originally. Sharon states, “I am going to marry a liar”, and on her deathbed, she still exclaims, “You’re a liar”.
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is a story of how Hester Prynne committed a sin and is punished but learns to live with herself with her daughter. According to Benjamin Kilbourne, in his article “Shame Conflicts and Tragedy in The Scarlet Letter,” the” ‘A’ of Hester Prynne, shed light on what makes shame unbearable, and on what makes shame conflicts tragic” (465). Dimmesdale, Hester lover that is a preacher, and Chillingworth, Hester husband also had much shame throughout the book, the two-character showed different types of shame, but they both felt similar. Another thought from Kilbourne has he thought The Scarlet Letter was a very well-written novel with different disputes and how the people showed shame in different ways (465). The essay is about the minor shame of Hester and major shame of Dimmesdale and the tragedy in the novel.