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. God shows mercy on those who repent, and He showed mercy on Dimmesdale by, in a way, taking away his shame. He took away his shame by taking away
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
Through the characters of Hester Prynne, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth, there is a common factor of a fatal flaw. Hester Prynne’s constant attempt to atone for her sin causes her to diminish her unique personality, instead conforming to the norm of being a Puritan woman. Dimmesdale’s incapability to forgive his sin with Hester leads him to deteriorate physically and psychologically to the point of death. Roger Chillingworth’s cruelty and desire for revenge lead him to become an evil, deformed
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.
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
I dare no longer stay.” (4.3.171-172). Consequently, the Friar happens to leave just before Juliet kills herself due to the amount of grief faced, with no consoleing. Friar Lawrence caused this based on his own obsession with his rank in Verona, and not wanting to get caught made him flee before he could comfort Juliet into not killing herself. Thus, making his own self image and his perception from the people of Verona force him to leave, as his ego and need to be of a prestigious rank allowed Juliet to be left alone in the Capulet Crypt, depressed and with a knife.
According to the narrator, every living thing is flawed in some way, nature’s way of reminding us that every living thing eventually dies. Aylmer’s revulsion for his wife’s birthmark suggests the horror he feels at the prospect of death. He is a smart man, but his misinterpretation of the symbol on Georgiana’s face leads him astray. He mistakenly comes to believe that if he can root out this symbol of transience, it will mean that he has the power to prolong life indefinitely. Aylmer also mistakenly believes that the birthmark represents Georgiana’s moral decrepitude and spiritual flaws even though she isn’t a woman prone to sin at all.
Dimmesdale is the minister of the Puritans which devours him alive because of the shame and guilt of his true identity as Pearl’s father. He is so ruined that his health becomes putrid and he begins to decay in a sense. Hawthorne describes his looks, “...the health of Mr. Dimmesdale had evidently begun to fail…the paleness of the young minister’s cheek was accounted for...his form grew emaciated… his hand over his heart, with first a flush and then a paleness, indicative of pain” (92 Hawthorne). The reverend decays more and more as the guilt of his true identity lingers in his heart. Chillingworth, mostly referred as ‘The Leech’, is in a similar situation where identity tests his well being.
He discovers he is he killer he has been searching for and has married the woman that has given birth to him. Caught up in pride and continuing down the path of bad judgement, Oedipus blinds himself because he cannot bear to look at himself nor does he desire to see what others are seeing in him. Oedipus has chosen to live out the rest of his days blind so he does have to face the harsh reality that he has caused hoping it will soon vanish from his memory. Although Oedipus didn’t intend to cause any harm, his actions brought suffering to himself and those around him. His character flaws an strengths of determination, pride , and error in judgement led to his dreadful discovery and resulted in him losing everything he once
Something In Between by: Melissa De La Cruz An ISU by: Keren Main Characters Jasmine De Los Santos is hardworking, passionate, motivated. She has sacrificed and stayed focused from the time she began grade school. In part one of the book, she wins a title of National Scholar – one coveted by students across the United States. Unbeknownst to her until the end of chapter five, she is also an illegal immigrant. Her parents moved to the States from Manila, Philippines and forged their documentation.
The first thing I learned was how keeping a secret from everyone destroys a person. “This feeble and most sensitive of spirits could do neither, yet continually did one thing or another, which intertwined, in the same inextricable knot, the agony of heaven-defying guilt and vain repentance” (Page 144). This quote is showing how Dimmesdale’s guilt and secret is destroying him, and turning him into a madman of sorts. I think this lesson still hold true in our society today. A majority of people have a very strong conscious, and when they are guilty of something, or they have a major secret and they don’t tell anyone, it will tend to destroy the person.
Moreover, another important crucible someone had in the story developed from the very beginning all the way to the end. In the beginning of the story before even the trials really began we learned about the adultery of John Proctor. While in the house talking to Elizabeth, they have a conversation about what John has done and how she cannot forgive him, he must forgive himself, “You will not judge me more, Elizabeth” (54-55). He says she forgets and forgives nothing but he will not forgiving himself.
In the book The scarlet letter , Nathaniel Hawthorne questions the reader by questioning whether it is okay to punish sinners since we all have committed sins. Scarlet letter takes place in massachustes in new england in the time of colonization of the new world.at the time massachustes is very religious and the church has alot of power over the people, they control almost evry aspect of their life and punish thoose who commit sins. Dimmesdale is the head of the church in salem massachusetts and he is defined by how people admired him and how people liked him, this traits affect the theme and other characters in the story because it makes dimmesdale look pure and sin free making people make wrong assumption and decisions when it come to dimmesdale. At the beginning of the book Dimmesdale is liked by his community and is well respected.