Transformation of Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

Transformation of Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

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The Scarlet Letter:  The Transformation of Rev. Dimmesdale


"Life is hard, but accepting that fact makes it easier." This common phrase clearly states a harsh fact that Rev. Dimmesdale, a character in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, had to face. In this story of deception and adultery set in the Puritan era, Hawthorne introduces Dimmesdale as a weak and cowardly man who refuses to take responsibility for his actions.  The Rev. Dimmesdale is a transitional character in that he is, at the beginning of the novel, outwardly good but inwardly deceitful and by the end of the novel he becomes both outwardly and inwardly truthful.

               At the beginning of the novel, Dimmesdale has established quite a reputation for himself.  In discussing individual members of the magistrate, the towns people describe Dimmesdale as a "God fearing" gentleman, "but merciful overmuch (49)". Due to his actions all of the people respect and look up to the Reverend.  Throughout the story, Dimmesdale desperately tries to confess, envying Hester, for her courage, he says, "Happy are you Hester, that wear the scarlet letter openly upon your bosom” (188)!  Even at the end of the novel, when finally attempting to confess, people are compelled by his final sermon, raving that "never had a man spoken in so wise, so high, and so holy a spirit, as he that spake this day” (243).   Proving that he was a very loved and influential man in the small town.

               In further developing Dimmesdale's character, Hawthorne portrays him as a hypocrite.  His outward demeanor deceives the villagers, appearing as a completely holy man.  However, before the action of the novel begins, he stumbles into sin, by committing adultery with Hester Pryn...


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...and a character other than Dimmesdale could not have painted such a vivid, and memorable picture in one's mind.

 

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