One cannot look at the qualities of Proctor and Dimmesdale without discussing each author and the time period in which each story was written. Secrets and conflicts cause people to have mental illnesses and they come to the point where they can no longer live with themselves. Much to his surprise, the voice of Pearl answers him. Hawthorne uses many symbols in his novel to discuss the effects of this refusal. Here Hawthorne shows us just how strong Dimmesdale actually is, by allowing him to hide his sin and bear the weight of it, he creates an extremely interesting and tremendously strong character.
What can thy silence do for him, except it tempt him--yea, compel him, as it were--to add hypocrisy to sin? Selfhood can be achieved when a hypocritical persona is rejected and the true self consistently emerges. Dimmesdale is the true father of Pearl, goes on a subtle campaign to hurt the minister as much as possible. He knows that the only way to escape the guilt over his sin and hypocrisy is to confess before he dies, which he does. Throughout all of that time, he reverts to self-punishment in the form of fasting, consecutive, sleepless vigils, and relentless studying of the Bible. Yet, he seems to retain the unconscious desire that if he can somehow capture Dimmesdale's spirit, he will be able to gain Hester's love and allegiance. Chillingworth found out that Dimmesdale committed adultery with Hester and tortures Dimmesdale everyday because of it.
One night he decides that there might be a way for him to overcome his anguish, and he softly leaves his house. He believes that his suffering has been God's merciful intent. . Although the narrator pretends to disapprove of Hester's independent philosophizing, his tone indicates that he secretly admires her independence and her ideas. He is trying to have Dimmesdale confess what he has done. As such, sin cannot be judged or punished merely for the act. Despite this portrayal Dimmesdale was a stronger character than given credit for.
Therefore, his sin becomes even larger than hers, because while hers is an exposed sin. Character Analysis Thesis A character analysis thesis is a declarative statement with three important parts: 1. Toward the middle and the end of the story Reverend Dimmesdale changed as each chapter went on. Dimmesdale is described as the worst of sinners, yet he is seen as the holiest man in his community. Hester realizes that her perception of what is right or wrong differs from that of society as a whole. Rather, other considerations should be taken into account.
In the following essay, I will explore Hawthorne's symbolism of Pearl from birth, age three, and age seven. The country that is being attacked by a terrorist views the terrorist as evil, whereas the country that the terrorist is from views the terrorist as a hero. In death, perhaps he will find a gentler judgment that his own or that of his fellow citizens of Boston. First of all he let Hester be labeled an adulteress, while he just looked on. They suffer with the guilt of the sin of adultery that they committed. This section contains 458 words approx. Author Nathaniel Hawthorne writes of a puritan society, and it is the laws of that society, both written and unwritten, that Dimmesdale breaks and which causes the changes to occur.
It incorporates itself in our dreams, our thoughts, and our actions. Next, Hawthorne suspiciously sneaks Arthur Dimmesdale into the plot, an inspired Puritan minister who is beloved by the citizens. Dimmesdale does not confess that he has committed a sin with Hester, and for a brutal seven whole years, he withholds his guilt inside of him. During those long seven years he made no move to lessen her load or his own. Throughout the novel Pearl develops into a dynamic symbol; one that is always changing. The scaffold scenes are the most dramatic and foreshadowing and help highlight the most important events of the novel. He climbs the stairs and imagines that he has a scarlet letter on his chest that all the world can see.
Dimmesdale becomes so worn down that he is dying. But the daylight of this world shall not see our meeting! Dimmesdale knows that he has sinned in the very beginning of the novel, but kept all his feelings inside, letting the guilt overwhelm him until the end. As readers, we rarely slow down and really scrutinize the works of novels. On the scaffold in the chapter 23 the true sign of strength ids revealed. They still squabble and misbehave, and must be punished accordingly for their safety as well as the safety of others. 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. We will have a home and fireside of our own; and thou shalt sit upon his knee; and he will teach thee many things, and love thee dearly.
One symbol in the novel is Hester. She returns to her home, secluded from the town, and through her sadness, continues her lifestyle with her daughter, Pearl, by her side. At that point, however, he has several choices; he chooses revenge. Deeper it goes, and deeper, into the wilderness, less plainly to be seen at every step! What is pushing these couples to get married if half of the marriages fail anyway. The more he suffers, the better his sermons become. Despite this portrayal Dimmesdale was a stronger character than given credit for. Therefore, his sin becomes even larger than hers, because while hers is an exposed sin.