He is exemplary in performing his duties as a Puritan minister, an indicator that he is one of the elect; however, he knows he has sinned and considers himself a hypocrite, a sign he is not chosen.
Now that she has suffered, she can give what Dimmesdale could not: His ministry aids people in leading good lives.
Would they look at his sin, and be disgusted? He wants to confess, but he is scared. As a minister, Dimmesdale must be above reproach, and there is no question that he excels at his profession and enjoys a reputation among his congregation and other ministers. These thoughts explain why he can so easily write his Election Day sermon, which is filled with the passion of his struggle and his humanity.
Hester agrees to keep his secret. As demonstrated later, his weakened condition makes it easier for him to associate himself with the Black Man in the forest.
Chillingworth, sensing what is about to happen, pleads with Dimmesdale to stop before it is too late. They could not be together in life, but in death they share a scarlet letter. And her love and generosity toward Hester are obvious.
One can also say, that he was a good man, who was too overly conscious of what other people were going to think. Dimmesdale is skeptical at first, but eventually agrees.
He has large, melancholy eyes and a tremulous mouth, suggesting great sensitivity. One really cannot understand Dimmesdale or his dilemma without at least a cursory understanding of the Puritans who inhabited Boston at this time see the essay "The Puritan Community" in the Critical Essays and Hawthorne's psychological perspective through which he presents this tragic character.
As a sinner, he is weakened to temptation.
During the sermon, one of the sailors, from the boat on which Dimmesdale, Hester, and Pearl were to make their escape, approaches Pearl. At this point, there are no more secrets, in this triangle of sin.
But, soon enough, the truth comes out. With him, one feels pity, anger, and frustration. If he publicly confesses, he loses his ability to be effective in this regard.
He knows his actions have fallen short of both God's standards and his own, and he fears this represents his lack of salvation.
Before they leave the town, Dimmesdale has to give his election day sermon. Hester is frightened, because Roger has found out.
For Dimmesdale, however, his effectiveness betrays his desire to confess. Still other observers claim that the minister's death serves as a parable showing that even the most saintly of us are sinners. Later on in the novel, Dimmesdale and Hester speak with each other in the forest. Dimmesdale added character and flavor to this novel.
Most people say they saw a scarlet A imprinted on Dimmesdale's chest, but there is conjecture as to its origin.
Hawthorne, perhaps, leans toward the latter idea when he views her as a seer of a future age where "a new truth would be revealed, in order to establish the whole relation between man and woman on a surer ground of mutual happiness.
As a minister, Dimmesdale must be above reproach, and there is no question that he excels at his profession and enjoys a reputation among his congregation and other ministers. His ministry aids people in leading good lives.
In the long run, Dimmesdale has not the strength of Hester Prynne or her honesty. One realizes that Dimmesdale is a weak person.A Life Sentence in Cowardice: Arthur Dimmesdales Secret Conflict In Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter, behavior is centered around a rigid Puritan society that leads to great consequences in the lives of Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale.
Their act of adultery greatly effects their. In Hawthorne's indictment against secret sin and the psychological effects of sin, The Scarlet Letter,the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale commits sins against the Ten Commandments; also, he commits one. Nathaniel Hawthornes's "Scarlet Letter:" Dimmesdale confronts the demands of a private passion that conflicts with his responsibilities.
Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale from Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and Judge Danforth from Arthur Miller's The Crucible were bound to suffer from the Puritan values which Conflict in The Scarlet.
full title · The Scarlet Letter. author · Nathaniel Hawthorne. type of work · Novel. genre · romance, historical novel. major conflict · Her husband having inexplicably failed to join her in Boston following their emigration from Europe, Hester Prynne engages in an extramarital affair with Arthur Dimmesdale.
When she gives birth to a. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, set in an old Puritan community, is centered on several conflicts of human nature that result. Hester may not recognize it, but Chillingworth does. He tells her, "his spirit lacked the strength that could have borne up, as thine has been, beneath a burden like thy scarlet letter" ().
In other words, Arthur can preach a good sermon about the consequences of sin, but he sure can't deal with them himself.Download