Dimmesdale’s Punishment in The Scarlet Letter Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, a brilliant spokesperson and a devout and wise Puritan minister in Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, is the lover of a woman who commits adultery, Hester Prynne. Hester, a recognizable adulteress, wears the scarlet letter and lives as an outcast. Contradicting, Reverend Dimmesdale’s sin stays hidden from the Puritan community, known only to Hester and himself. As a minister, Dimmesdale believes he should suffer from punishments the way Hester did for committing the same crime, which leads him to fall into a terrible mental and physical state. Reverend Dimmesdale suffers a greater punishment than Hester by experiencing recurring guilt, physical harm, and Chillingworth’s torment.
The story of The Crucible written by Arthur Miller tells the events of John Proctor and the Salem witch trials. John Proctor is a man who is haunted by his guilt of adultery and doesn’t want his good name to be ruined. Throughout the events of John Proctor which have led to the moment wear he tears up his confession that would of save his life but condemned those who didn’t confess or pled guilty to witchcraft. This act is believable for the character of John Proctor as well of his sense of goodness returning. With the events that happen to John Proctor that led to this final noble act is justify with who he is as a person.
Arthur Dimmesdale, the minister, a clergyman had committed the horrid sin of adultery, the same sin as Hester. Dimmesdale’s holy affiliation gave him a kind and pure disposition and this was solidified by his dimwittedness, making him seem almost childlike. By having a character with these qualities, Hawthorne contradicts the stereotype he has set up by having Dimmesdale be “unworth...[y] to [complete his] humblest mission” (71), a quality virtually unheard of among ministers. The author then has Dimmesdale confess his “sin so awfully revealed!”(211) in order for both Hester and Dimmesdale to redeem themselves of sin and restore the goodness. Hawthorne wanted his readers to understand that two people who have sinned can seek forgiveness and receive it.
Because of “the minister’s own will” (Hawthorne 198), he could escape the torment from his moral maze. He found his true self that eventually led to him confessing his sin. In the Puritan way of life, confessing a sin creates high-risk because the repercussions could consist of harsh punishment. Therefore, it took a lot for Hester and Dimmesdale to confess their sin of adultery. The sin they committed produced serious turmoil for them, but they both figured out how to deal with it.
He knows what is right and wrong but one example has been haunting him in his life. Now in a Puritan society, sin had to have been confessed publicly and they must bear their shame. This however goes against what the Word actually says and this is what created Arthur Dimmesdale as a character. He most likely has already repented to God but his guilt will not leave until he confesses it to his congregation and it leads him to other “ways” of repentance. Being reminded of his guilt 24/7 causes his his health to deteriorate to the point of death, possibly alluding to the fact that the wages of sin are death.
All Parris wants from the trials is land from people who get hanged, instead of the truth behind it all. He is most worried that he will be destroyed because witchcraft is in his family. Luke 6:27-28 says, "But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you," (Barker 1550). This is a perfect example of how Hale treated the people of Salem, and the exact opposite of how Parris treated the. Knowing this, it is obvious that Hale for the people in knowing the truth of morality; where as, Parris does not care about the truth but just wants what is best for
Procter than tears the paper and knows he basically has crumbled his life. Hale puts his word in “Man,you cannot! you will hang!” (Line 293). Proctor fights the argument and says he can as his name will not be ruined due to the horrible job done by the court. As Hale deals with demonic arts and works with exorcisms he knows that these trials are false and that the village will deny to avoid hanging there is a lot of lives that are depending on Hales investigation.
Another example of Public vs. Private punishment is when... Again, she is on the scaffold and has to be Humiliated publicly. Although internally she was dealing with the fact that the father. Dimsdale the father was present at Hesters "punishment" and he even spoke up and asked who the father was, this shows that Dimsdale was feeling guilty. Hester wouldn’t say who the father was because she still loved Dimsdale and didn’t want him to get in trouble.
In life can 't do anything without repercussions(good or bad.) For example with the The Scarlet Letter the entire story is about guilt, sin, crime, and punishment. It’s about a man and a woman who commit adultery, and what happens to their lives after the fact. For both Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale their experiences of throughout the book are completely different, but they deal with the same
This is where his mistrust starts to form and where he experiences his first temptations to sin. As a Puritan man married to “Faith”, his choice to continue into the unknown leads him to contemplate and create new opinions of his religion. This scene also shows many instances of symbolism that refer to the devil and sinning. Goodman Brown encountering the old man is significant in his transformation because it displays his crucial decision that leads