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Dimmesdale's Burdens In The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the main characters have different kinds of burdens to carry depending on their level of ownership over their actions and identity. Dimmesdale has the worst burden to bear because he did not own up to his actions until the very end, Hester has to adjust to the punishment that the Puritans gave her, and Pearl has no burden because she is honest. Throughout the novel, they face different obstacles that contribute to their everyday lives that makes it hard to process everything at once. It’s also to show how the characters were able to face the problems and deal with them Hawthorne shows that Dimmesdale bears the worst burden because his health was in danger and he eventually dies after he tells the…show more content…
Hawthorne thinks that Hester should have revealed who the father was from the beginning of the story. Meanwhile she is still trying to adjust to the punishments she's been given. In order for Hester to be let off of the cruel punishment, they relied on her. By being able to share the punishment equally instead of just one individual. If she had revealed the father, Dimmesdale would have had to share the blame, or the community might have even understood since he is a person in power and the voice of the community. Instead, she was sentenced to an unfair punishment and had to give up her privileges as someone in the community. We are able to notice that throughout the story she is very loyal to those around her who she cares about. She puts those she is interested in first because it's a sign of respect. In all this, she never once put the blame on him or tried to force him to speak up. Hester wanted it to come out of his kind heart and the love he had for her. Although she was the only one to be there with Pearl and to be judged by many people she was still able to feel the love towards her child without question “In a moment, however, wisely judging that one token of her shame would but poorly serve to hide another, she took the baby on her arm, and with a burning blush and yet haughty smile, and a glance that would not be abashed, looked around at…show more content…
Dimmesdale. Ye have both been here before, but i was not with you. Come up, hither once again, and we will stand all three together!” She silently ascended the steps, and stood on the platform, holding little pearl by the hand. The minister felt for the child's other hand and took it “ (Hawthorne 143) From here they are starting to become closer and you notice the closeness that they have bythe way that they all stood together under the moon holding hands. Pearl feels liberated because even though it's night you are still able to see people around. It also implies that they are able to get through the struggles but does not affect them all that much because sooner than later Dimmesdale admits that he is the father of Pearl and Hester kisses Dimmesdale immediately “Partly supported by Hester Prynne, and holding one hand of little Pearl’s the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale turned to dignified the venerable rulers; to the holy ministers, who were his brethren; to the people, whose great heart was thoroughly appalled yet overflowing with tearful sympathy” (Hawthorne 379) It’s able to explain how truthful he was to share out his family and how Pearl accepted to grab his hand in front of all the people. Since she’s been truthful the whole time she was blessed with good fortune after Dimmesdale had died. She met a man who she married and
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