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  • Dimmesdale

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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

  • Dimmesdale a Sinner or Not?

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    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

  • Arthur Dimmesdale

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    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

  • Dimmesdale and His Tale

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    Guiltiness possesses Reverend Dimmesdale. Unlike Hester, Dimmesdale fails to come clean about his sin of fornication until moments before his death. Therefore, he struggles with his guilt throughout the entire book, almost until his death. Hester learns to cope with her scarlet “A,” but Dimmesdale cannot without confessing. When he does not confess, he becomes depressed and self-inflicts punishment on himself by carving an “A” into his chest by his heart, among other actions. In Hawthorne’s The

  • Character Analysis : Dimmesdale

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    Character Analysis : Dimmesdale Dimmesdale is one of the most intriguing characters in The Scarlet Letter. I think this because he demonstrates in this story that he is a coward, and that he is strong, yet not courageous. Dimmesdale proves that he is a cowardice individual many times in The Scarlet Letter. He does this by not admitting his sin. Dimmesdale had many opportunities to admit his sin and get the guilt off his chest. The first opportunity was when Dimmesdale was making his speech in front

  • Reverend Dimmesdale Is a Sinner

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    Arthur Dimmesdale has continually suffered because of the sin he has committed. He is tortured by his only friend who is really his enemy. He grows weaker day by day because he will not confess his sin. He starves himself and whips himself. He has a daughter but no one can know. People look up to him and he does not want to let them down. If only people knew that he committed adultery with Hester Prynne. In Nathaniel Hawthorne's, The Scarlet Letter, the author writes, “While standing on the scaffold

  • Arthur Dimmesdale As A Tragic Hero

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    The Tragic Hero Reverent Arthur Dimmesdale in The Scarlett Letter is a tragic hero due to the fact that he was able to right his wrongs. After committing adultery with Hester Prynne, his conscience started to get the better hold of him. This started to affect his health and caused him to break down. In the end, he was able to confess his sins, however, shortly afterwards he died. The tragedy entailed in this circumstance is of course, his death. However, heroism plays a part in this tragedy for he

  • The Demise of Hester and Dimmesdale

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    tenderness for him; for, believe me, Hester, though he were to step do... ... middle of paper ... ...Roger Chillingworth, becomes a leech to Dimmesdale. Psychologically torturing Dimmesdale about his guilt, Chillingworth attacks Dimmesdale’s mind, making him believe that there is no way of escaping his sin. After the psychological torture, Dimmesdale hits his lowest point, being engulfed by his sin without a way of escape. Hester’s actions and the actions of her husband cause Dimmesdale’s downfall

  • Compare And Contrast Hester And Dimmesdale

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    There are always two sides to a story. In most cases, it can be the truth and the lie or the good and the bad but in some cases, although rare, it can be two different sides to the same truth, view or idea. Hester and Dimmesdale perfectly portray that thought. They are, you can say, two sides of the same coin. And if one side of the coin does not exist, then the coin is no longer a coin. It is a two dimensional drawing on a dull piece of paper. If they are two different ways of telling an idea, then

  • Love for Dimmesdale in The Scarlet Letter by Hawthorne

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    Love for Dimmesdale in The Scarlet Letter by Hawthorne *Works Cited Not Included Hawthorne's novel, The Scarlet Letter, is a brilliant story about truth and love. He wrote The Scarlet Letter during a time in the 19th century when romantic literature was popular in America. His tale dwells on the sin of adultery in a Puritan village. The first character that Hawthorne puts to life is Hester Prynne, a young bride awaiting her husband. Next, Hawthorne suspiciously sneaks Arthur Dimmesdale into the