Chillingworth felt no guilt for what he was doing to Dimmesdale and sinned time after time again, eventually leading Dimmesdale to kill himself. This showed how much more serious the sin Chillingworth committed was in the story (“Who”) Although the sins were completely different, they had some similarities. Both of their sins were done in private and hidden from the publics eyes. They were aware that both of their sins were viewed upon terribly by the puritans. This lead them to keep their sins away from the public
Dimmesdale’s True Colors Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, also the father of Hester’s child, showed prominent parts of his character throughout the story. The first trait the reader becomes aware of is Dimmesdale’s cowardice. He has no intentions of revealing his sin to the public, due to how highly he is seen in the community’s eyes. Remorse, or guilt, is another term that can be associated with Dimmesdale, growing increasingly more prominent as the novel goes on. Cowardice, a lacking of bravery when facing danger, was a trait that Dimmesdale carried.
But indeed these things are nothing; if God should withdraw his hand, they would avail no more..." This works as a counter-argument for the fact that the audience isn't currently feeling the effects of their sins and asserts that they are going to feel them eventually. Additionally, he evokes the audience's own memories. He utilizes personal experiences, both from himself and the audience. " Those that are gone from being in the like circumstances with you, see that it was so for them; destruction came suddenly upon most of them; when they expected nothing of it, and while they were saying peace and safety; now they see..." Thus, he shows that even people who thought they were safe were at mercy to
According to Hawthorne, the consequence of sin is mental deterioration as represented by Reverend Dimmesdale. Dimmesdale is a priest that has committed a vile crime, although only a scanty amount of people know about it. Dimmesdale has not publically announced his sin, which in turn worsens his mental health due to guilt. Dimmesdale stood in front of the town when his past lover, Hester, was being publically humiliated and never uttered a word, only placed “his hand upon his heart” (59). The consequence of not admitting his immoral sin was ultimate guilt.
Another character who is used to show the dangers of acting without integrity is Reverend Parris. Throughout the whole play, Parris exclusively looks out for himself while letting others take the fall. He shows his lack of honour by allowing others to be harmed by the hysteria in Salem while attention is diverted from him and his wrong-doing. By the end, he does come to understand that the hangings of John Proctor and Rebecca Nurse would be detrimental because they are still respected in the town, but he comes to this conclusion for the wrong and dishonourable reasons, as he is still only trying to protect his
However, at the point he was worried about his own life, nothing mattered to him, when the little girl walked up to him, there was no compassion in him. He was enclosed in his own thought; the presence of the girl brought him back to the world and made him conscious of the world around him. He began to have a different meaning to life. His conscience could not stop thinking about the little girl that he said “It seemed to me that I could not die now without having settled something first” he felt the need to look for the girl because she had saved him from killing himself.
Some examples of questions that were directed towards the Chumash were: "Think about all your sins, then tell all the mortal sins without holding any back because of shame, sorrowfully repent them, and resolve to reform"(McCormack). The Chumash were not used to confessing their sins and the methods that were being imposed on them kept them
Yet, their different reactions to similar circumstances illustrate the different purposes for the two works. Every one of us is inclined to sin, but it is how we treat our sins that define our character. As a result of her repentance, charitable deeds and enriched life after her confession, the people of the town no longer judge Hester so harshly. The scarlet letter no longer serves only to remind the public of her private sin, but shows the dignity she possessed. The society begins to see Hester for who she really is, and she becomes an asset to the community.
Since Celie was raped and used by her stepfather and Albert, Nettie and her separated; she blamed God for everything that have happened to her, she lost faith but she never gave up. Celie faced her fears by accepting her past and by forgiving people who have done her wrong. When she fully forgave those people who thinks that she was not worth it, she also learned that forgiving them made her life so much better and easier, realized that they can rely on one another as a family, and just live happily ever after. “It refers to the person’s desire for self-fulfillment, namely, to the tendency for him to become actualized in what he is potentially.” (McLeod 3) At the end of the book, Celie said that everyone is contented and that she felt younger than ever before; this shows that Celie had dropped her fear and kept her faith. Learning is inevitable.
The punishments for sin of men and women, however, fluctuate over the course of the story. Although the town views Hester’s sin, adultery, as horrible and they punish her for life, they don 't equally punish the man who acted with her, ask or consider the whole story, and praise how Dimmesdale’s been acting, without knowing he’s also guilty of the sin. When Hester is outed for the sin she committed, adultery, the townspeople reacted very poorly. They see her action as the end of the world and punish her for the rest of her life, but they didn’t even ask or consider why she did it in the first place. To a member of the Vigilance Committee, Hester 's outward submission to the strictures of Puritan law might well appear a shameful knuckling under, the kind of failure of