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Arthur Dimmesdale

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“On a field, sable, the letter A, Gules.” (240) The novel The Scarlet letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Arthur Dimmesdale, Reverend of a small Puritan town of Boston, Massachusetts, falls guilty to sin that only death brings to light. As he is seen to be an angelic, godly figure that can do no wrong in the eyes of the colonists, scandal breaks through the colony when a young Hester Prynne, a married women, pregnant by an unknown lover. She is punished to stand on the scaffolding with her child, and is made to where a red letter A, standing for adultery. Dimmesdale is a victim of the most basic human weaknesses of sin. His fall from grace creates an inner struggle of guilt, and pride that propels him on a self- destructive path that ends in his salvation on the public scaffold.
Arthur Dimmesdale is the co-sinner with Hester in the creation of the child Pearl. Arthur worried about reputation could not admit that he should be standing beside her, because he was too cowardly to admit his part because of his guilt and that guilt literally ate him alive. “His fame, though still on th...
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