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  • Guilt Of His Sin
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    People everywhere, no matter how holy or evil, tend to conceal their sins and dark secrets. These sins, which many hide, eventually eat away at their conscience, building up guilt and bitterness. In The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, a man died with hidden secrets, which he never revealed. People should confess their wrongdoing before time passes away and causes on to regret not revealing their sin. All sins have its consequences and will eventually be exposed. Dimmesdale admits that hi...
  • Arthur's Conscience
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    A great deal of blood has been shed and many wars have been fought during the history of civilization; however, man's greatest battle and most formidable enemy is only himself. This has been made only more evident with the passage of time and the development of the human character. However, one factor that has remained constantin the human character through this development is conscience. Conscience can be man's saving grace or his damning affliction; its presence may simultaneously purify and M...
  • Sin Of Hester Pryne And Arthur Dimmesdale
    491 words
    The Affects of Sin on the Individual in The Scarlet Letter In the novel, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, there is a reoccurring theme of the affects of sin on man. The three main characters, Hester Pryne, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingsworth, are all affected by the sin of Hester Pryne and Arthur Dimmesdale. Hester Pryne is strengthened by the sin, Arthur Dimmesdale is weakened by it, and Roger Chillingsworth becomes evil because of it. The protagonist, Hester Prynne is, in ess...
  • Arthur's Flaw
    756 words
    The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne In Nathaniel Hawthorne's tale of The Scarlet Letter, Arthur Dimmesdale, a main character, is confronted with a number of circumstances, both in and out of his control, that lead to his ultimate demise. Arthur Dimmesdale, a minister, lives his life for the townspeople of Boston and, as a result, becomes a slave to the public opinion. His sin against Hester and Pearl is that he will not acknowledge them as his lover and daughter in the daylight. He keeps his ...
  • Arthur Lives As A Sinner
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    Arthur: Tragic Hero or Merely Tragic? In Nathaniel Hawthorne's torrid tale of The Scarlet Letter, Arthur Dimmesdale, a main character, is confronted with a number of circumstances, both in and out of his control, that lead to his ultimate demise. While it can be argued that Arthur is a tragic hero, he lacks the underlying goodness and strength essential for him to fulfill this role. Otherwise, it may be demonstrated that Arthur meets all the criteria as a tragic hero, though there are other disc...
  • John Proctor And Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale
    463 words
    In many works of literature, a character makes a sacrifice that can affect his life in order to achieve something more important. In the play The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, the character John Proctor sacrifices his life, while in the novel The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorn, the character Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, sacrifices his reputation. Both characters, Proctor and Dimmesdale, respectively, gained something more important than their life and reputation. In order to redeem himself f...
  • Arthur Dimmesdale In The Scarlet Letter
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    Arthur Dimmesdale In The Scarlet Letter, Arthur Dimmesdale was a greatly respected reverend in Boston. Although he was unmarried, he was guilty of sleeping with a young English woman named Hester Prynne. Hester was originally from Amsterdam, where she and her husband lived for a few years. Her husband, Roger Chilling worth sent her to the colonies and told her that he would soon join her. Dimmesdale's greatest sin was not committing adultery; however, it was his refusal to confess to the public ...

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