His intense devotion to God in the Puritan society, along with his fear of being ostracized, makes him favor keeping his role of leadership in the church over his conscience, which tells him to own up to his sins. This is mentally very unhealthy for Dimmesdale, which leads to self-abuse from his guilty conscience. Dimmesdale uses a “bloody scourge” and fasted in order to “torture, but could not purify himself” (121). Not only did Dimmesdale whip himself, he almost killed himself through torture only in order to try and subdue the guilt that he could never get rid of. He even brands himself with the letter A, a mark of his sins that he is only willing to reveal to himself until the end of the novel.
Through the development of his journey, he loses his faith and welcomes sin. This encounter reestablishes the moral with the assistance of the climax. Young Goodman Brown, without his Faith, comments that the world is the devil’s. With the loss of Goodman Brown’s faith, the lesson that all men are sinners at heart is applied to
Can the way you behave change the way people perceive you? In “The Scarlet Letter,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the character Roger Chillingworth is perceived by other Characters in the story as evil. Roger Chillingworth is the husband of Hester Prynne, which he is ashamed of because of her adultery. He becomes a doctor, and has devoted all his time to try to treat Dimmesdale of his illness, and he becomes suspicious of Dimmesdale, trying to figure out why he is so ill, and he ends up guessing that it was a spiritual problem, and grows to the conclusion that he was Hester’s lover. Chillingworth has altered from a courteous scholar to an vengefulness, obsessed devil, and is perceived by numerous characters throughout the story, as an evil, demonic
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.
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
Sociologically, true alienation and loneliness leads to depression and suicide. Psychologically, guilt and regret drive the force of internal conflict and corruption. Half of those who know the truth about Dimmesdale and Hester Prynne have made the Reverend promise to never reveal the truth, while the other half intends to torture Dimmesdale endlessly, sending him into a downward spiral until what remains has no trace to the young and beloved Reverend Dimmesdale. For example, Dimmesdale exclaims, "I should long ago have thrown off these garments of mock holiness and have shown myself to mankind as they will see me at the judgement-seat." The Reverend wishes only to feel the relief and freedom that washes over Hester by shedding the facade of holiness that holds Dimmesdale in such Hugh regard.
How the Scarlet Letter Transforms Hester In The Scarlet Letter, when Hester is first brought out on the scaffold to by publically shamed for her ignominy, Arthur Dimmesdale pleads with her to name him as her fellow sinner so that he will not have to reveal himself when he exclaims, "Be not silent from any mistaken pity and tenderness for him; for, believe me, Hester, though he were to step down from a high place, and stand there beside thee, on thy pedestal of shame, yet better were it so, than to hide a guilty heart through life.” Hester refuses him and Dimmesdale goes unnamed and unpunished until the very end of the story. While Dimmesdale refuses to accept responsibility for his sin, Hester embraces the shame of the community. It is this difference which causes Dimmesdale enormous amounts of guilt and pain while Hester in able to find peace with herself and with her situation. By confessing her sin, Hester is able to move on and uses her punishment as a means to grow and improve
Mr. Dimmesdale's health began to steadily decline and he was in need of assistance, but was not able to get any until Roger Chillingworth appeared. Chillingworth and Dimmesdale formed a close relationship because Chillingworth believed that it was necessary for him to do so in order for him to try to cure Mr. Dimmesdale. Chillingworth began to show unkind qualities and became a thief of the riches that belonged to Mr. Dimmesdale. When Chillingworth asked Mr. Dimmesdale to reveal the wound and trouble in his soul in order for him to be healed, he lashed out at him and stormed off. Ultimately, Chillingworth had found Mr. Dimmesdale to be in a deep sleep
Expectations of Dimmesdale to be “morally pure” and free of sin have created a divergence between Dimmesdale’s reality and the expectations of the public. This divide causes a corruption of Dimmesdale that smolders underneath the façade of the public 's perception and his reality. The conflict manifests itself in Dimmesdale as illness; a metaphor that provides a clear view on Hawthorne 's views of society: how divergence of an individual 's reality and society 's demands sickens and corrupts an individual. Dimmesdale 's isolation within his house allows him to escape others and atone for his sins by prayer, but Chillingworth 's influence turns it into a place of evil, forcing Dimmesdale to hide his secret. Chillingworth 's constant presence becomes a corruptive force in Dimmesdale 's life, and his constant presence damages Dimmesdale 's physical state.
Dimmesdale develops because in the beginning of the novel, he is a devout Puritan, and as the reader gets more into the novel, they recognize that Arthur Dimmesdale does not truly know himself and “have it all together” the way that every other person thinks that he does. Dimmesdale, the human depiction of "human frailty and sorrow," is young, pale, and physically unhealthy. He has large, sad-looking eyes and a constantly trembling mouth, suggesting that Dimmesdale is sensitive. As an ordained Puritan minister, he is well educated, and he has a philosophical train of thought. He is obviously fully devoted to God, passionate in his religion, and effective behind a minister’s podium.