In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and Arthur Miller's The Crucible, Dimmesdale and Danforth's sins have similar motives, but the characters have distinctly different methods of sin and resolution. Dimmesdale is a selfish coward. He does not work toward anything substantial. Although he supposedly loves Hester, he refuses to admit that he was her ?fellow-sinner and fellow-sufferer? ( Hawthorne, 65).
His recognition makes Pearl feel complete. Dimmesdale confesses his sin directly before his death, but avoids paying the consequences afterward. It is difficult to have respect toward Reverend Dimmesdale, but at the end of the novel readers pity
His conscience makes him feel so bad that he wants to try to make up for his mistakes, but in the end he is still too tempted by the bad to abandon his altern... ... middle of paper ... ...is weakness to the evil because he can’t stop his acts, unless he goes that as far as to commit suicide. Gene also feels guilt, when Phineas dies he believes that he has also died with him and will never be the same again. Unfortunately neither one completely and whole heartedly repents or changes their actions allowing the reader to decide whether they ever are really worthy of receiving any forgiveness. In summary both Jekyll and Gene are in acknowledgment of their injustices and yet each still commit their crime making them guilty. In the world today a child cannot be put in prison for a crime.
Worried he will appear weak if he doesn’t punish them, he continues on in his defiance of the gods. Creon’s errors in judgment in conjunction with his superiority complex contribute to his downfall. Antigone continues to challenge Creon’s view. “Which of us can say what the gods hold wicked?... ... middle of paper ... ...t.” (Exodus, Lines 121-122) It took the deaths of his dearly beloveds, but he did come to understand that his own actions brought upon his fate.
(68)” This question of “why” shows that the society that Meursault lives in puts emphasis on reasoning. Since Meursault had acted on an instinct, he had no rational reason to explain his pause between firing the shots, and remains silent. However, the magistrate misinterprets this silence, and instead assumes that Meursault does not wish to share why, causing him to zealously preach to Meursault about God, and why he believes that Meursault needs o... ... middle of paper ... ...dead. When Meursault states that he does not believe in God, he is branded as “Monsieur Antichrist,” being compared to the devil. Later, his trial paints a false picture of his life, based upon his prior actions.
There's no point in saying he is sorry because God knows he doesn't really mean it. So, the best he can do is pray that God will make him sorry, by pleading, "Heart with strings of steel, be as soft as the sinews of a new-born babe." All of this shows that Claudius is introspective and honest with himself. It also does contradictory things to my opinion of him. Depending on how I look at it, this prayer can make me feel sympathetic towards Claudius as I learn about the inner torture he is going through and how awful he feels about killing Hamlet's father.
Dimmesdale’s sin and guilt ultimately shows that guilt will bring out the truth in the end. Dimmesdale is not honest about his adultery with Hester, and while he does not lie, by not saying anything about it, it’s just as bad as if he did. The text says, “No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true” (200). This shows how Dimmesdale wore a mask pretending he did not know anything about Hester’s pregnancy, but the truth came out. In fact, he is the father!
Hester's and Arthur's mutual sin is the source of their discontentment. They wrong themselves by breaking this sixth commandment. As Hester disavows her duties to her husband, Arthur denies his duty to the people of the community who look up to him with astounding reverence. He has polluted his soul, and says it best himself: "What can a...polluted soul [effect towards] their purification?" Arthur, through his own tainted actions, leaves himself in a position to either nullify the community's notion that the Reverend is a pure and godly individual or to lie to them.
He nearly fails in his quest to be a holy man, as the horrific deed that he committed nearly kills him through self-hate and illness of spirit. Eventually, however, he succeeds in conquering his fears of humiliation and stands triumphant, publicly repenting for his misdeeds and dying clean of soul. It is not known until well into The Scarlet Letter that Arthur Dimmesdale is Hester Prynne’s lover, but by this point, his conscience has already begun inflicting a woeful penalty on his spirit: "His form grew emaciated; his voice...had a certain melancholy prophecy of decay in it; he was often observed...to put his hand over his heart with...paleness, indicative of pain" (106). Although his reputation is flawless and his parishioners believe that through death, he is to be called to a higher plane of existence, Dimmesdale says with what is believed to be humility that his looming death is "because of his own unworthiness to perform his mission here on earth" (106). In retrospect, this marks the beginning of a critical and fatal duality of Dimmesdale’s character: the public believes he is a saint, while Dimmesdale knows himself the vilest sinner.
Question: Sir John Sheppard comments that Oedipus behaves normally, commits an error in ignorance and brings suffering upon himself. He declares that "Oedipus suffers not because of his guilt, but in spite of his goodness.” What is your opinion of this comment? I disagree with this statement. To a certain extend, I think Oedipus’s suffer is what he deserved. No one can be held fully responsible for actions committed under some kind of external constraint, and for the case of Oedipus, such constraint might be exerted by god.