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Dimmesdale in The Scarlet Letter and John Proctor from The Crucible

- Men are nothing more than children. They still squabble and misbehave, and must be punished accordingly for their safety as well as the safety of others. Dimmesdale in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter and John Proctor from Arthur Miller’s The Crucible were guilty of adultery, or extramarital sex, among other crimes. Proctor was accused of witchcraft which could involve anywhere from controlling spirits to communing with the devil. Punishments for such crimes included flogging or whipping....   [tags: dimmesdale, nathaniel hawthorne]

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Dimmesdale a Sinner or Not?

- In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter, the novelist suggests how Dimmesdale, a priest who is obligated to the church, has commited adultery, but keeps it a secret to keep the political and societal structure of the Puritan community. Throughout the first half of the novel Dimmesdale is portrayed as a small insignificant character that seems to have a strange liking for Hester Prynne in which the reader does not pinpoint why, until he and Hester meet in the forest. Dimmesdale struggles throughout the novel dealing with his private and public life....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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The Demise of Hester and Dimmesdale

- The choices that people are bound to make are not only going to affect themselves, but also could severely affect the people who are close to them. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter, exhibits the effects of choices that people make, and how they can also affect the ones around you. Hester Prynne, the protagonist of, The Scarlet Letter, is to be considered by many a tragic hero; however, Hester herself is guilty of causing her own downfall, as well as Arthur Dimmesdale’s. Hester’s life was forever changed after the choice she makes to break one of the fundamental laws of Puritan society....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlett Letter]

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- Arthur Dimmesdale, a character of high reputation, overwhelmed by guilt, torn apart by his own wrongdoing, makes his entrance into history as the tragic hero whose life becomes a montage of pain and agony because of his mistakes. The themes leading to Dimmesdale’s becoming a tragic hero are his guilt from his sin, and his reluctance to tarnish his reputation in the town. Guilt plays a huge role in defining Dimmesdale as a tragic hero. Dimmesdale has understood that by not revealing his sin, he has doomed himself....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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Reverend Dimmesdale Is a Sinner

- ... Chillingworth found out that Dimmesdale committed adultery with Hester and tortures Dimmesdale everyday because of it. Chillingworth will do anything to get Dimmesdale uncomfortable. Chillingworth says, “They grew out of his heart, and typify, it may be, some hideous secret that was buried with him, and which he had done better to confess during his lifetime” (Hawthorne page 123). He is trying to have Dimmesdale confess what he has done. Dimmesdale does not know that Chillingworth is Hester's husband but still refuses to Chillingworth that he had a child with Hester....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, character analysis]

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Theme Of Dimmesdale Guilt

- Guilt is defined as being “a feeling of responsibility or remorse for some offence, crime, or wrong… especially against a moral or penal law” (Guilt n.p.). Behind the almost soap opera-like plot of a married woman in a Puritan society committing adultery along with the revenge and affair storylines that ensue, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter explores the multitude aspects of guilt. The character of Dimmesdale is a perfect example of a guilt-stricken man ruined by the consequences of his feelings The author provides evidence on multiple occasions through Dimmesdale about how guilt can be brought about or evolved through the poisonous need for self-preservation, and how such guilt can...   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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Dimmesdale's Sin

- Everyone makes a mistake in life that they regret; in Dimmesdale’s case, he kept his sin hidden. Hawthorne uses various methods to depict Dimmesdale’s struggle to overcome the oppressive Puritan society and reveal his true identity. The laws, religion, and members of the community set high expectations for Dimmesdale to live up to. He is pressured to please his people and obey the rules of his society, but he knows that they will not accept who he really is. The community’s expectations cause Dimmesdale to punish himself for his sin instead of confessing....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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Dimmesdale’s Metamorphosis in The Scarlet Letter

- Dimmesdale’s Metamorphosis Life is unpredictable, and through trial and error humanity learns how to respond to conflicts and learns how to benefit from mistakes. Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is a character who changes and gains knowledge from the trials he faces, but first he has to go through physical, spiritual, and emotional agony. In the midst of all the havoc, the young theologian is contaminated with evil but fortunately his character develops from fragile to powerful, and the transformation Dimmesdale undergoes contributes to the plot’s climax....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter]

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Arthur Dimmesdale : Sin, Guilt, And Redemption

- Arthur Dimmesdale The Scarlet Letter is a story about sin, guilt, and redemption. The novel follows Hester Prynne as she battles with the guilt and criticism for committing adultery with Arthur Dimmesdale. Nathaniel Hawthorne uses multiple themes in this story, and ties those themes to certain characters. One of the biggest themes he uses is redemption. Arthur Dimmesdale epitomizes redemption in The Scarlet Letter for three reasons. His initial sin and the guilt it caused, his acceptance of his punishment and the pain it invoked, and his eventual understanding of his punishment and the peace it brought him all make Dimmesdale the perfect symbol....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]

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Evil/Sin Portrayed in Dimmesdale and Chillingworth

- In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, The Scarlet Letter many aspects of evil and sin are reflected through the characters Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth. Dimmesdale and Chillingworth made their own choice of being a sinner and being evil. Therefore, that is what Hawthorne believed to be the definition of evil and sin; an individual chooses to do an action that is considered sinful. Although Dimmesdale and Chillingworth both portray evil and sin they portray it in two completely different forms....   [tags: Character Analysis, Guilty Conscience]

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