Scarlet Letter By Arthur Dimmesdale

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Secrets eat away at the soul, wearing it down piece by piece until there is nothing left. This causes guilt to completely cloud a vision of a person making sure the secret is concealed. This leads to the person to become consumed by the secret and can damage a person into becoming ill for keeping confidentiality. The soul suffers from containing the truth becomes ill as well. The soul becomes just as damaged as the person wounded by the truth not being exposed. Eventually, in the end, the truth always comes out, causing more adversities of the repercussions of secrets. Dimmesdale in the novel the scarlet letter was respected by all and distrusted by none. Arthur Dimmesdale becomes so intertwined with hiding his sin from the townspeople, that …show more content…

Dimmesdale presumes, “That my labours, and my sorrows, and my sins, and my pains, should shortly end with me, and what is earthly of them be buried in my grave, and the spiritual go with me to my eternal state, rather than that you should put your skill to the proof in my behalf.” As mentioned before, the truth always comes out and Dimmesdale is naive to think the townspeople can be deceived into having a perfect image of the Reverend. Arthur Dimmesdale is the image of a reverend on the path to heaven but, after the sins committed, becomes a man of hypocrisy. Dimmesdale believes dying with the sins would end the transgressions, however, the Reverend soon finds out that the soul and body of Dimmesdale would be tortured into revealing the …show more content…

Dimmesdale’s sins completely take over the sunshine that used to shine over the reverend. The sin that Dimmesdale eats at his soul from the inside and out. Dimmesdale had been transformed into a mirror of his transgression. Dimmesdale’s battle with sin was evident, “The Glow, which they had just before beheld burning on his cheek, was extinguished, like the flame that sinks down hopelessly among the late decaying embers.” Since Dimmesdale had been withholding his sins, the reverend becomes ill from hiding the truth. Dimmesdale is consumed with so much guilt that the reverend started to punish the body God gives Dimmesdale for the sins committed. The Reverend believes that the punishment God is giving the reverend is to torturing the body given to Dimmesdale. Dimmesdale wants to expose the sins committed and live a life of truth just as Hester Prynne is living with her sins. Dimmesdale begins to envy Hester living a life of truth without having to punish the body God gives Hester, for the crime of adultery the woman commits with

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