Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale And The Scarlet Letter

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Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale and the Scarlet Letter As the loved pastor whose undisclosed guilt destroyed him and the secret lover of Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale is an interesting character in The Scarlet Letter and plays an important role throughout the book. Dimmesdale is a “Reverend” and pastor at the church. His interactions with the other main characters in the book such as Roger Chillingworth, Hester Prynne, and Pearl are secretive and painful, and display his inner pain. Hester had committed adultery, against her husband with one that she would not name! The scarlet letter would burn forever on her chest and secretly, on his, as the guilt sears him and kills him slowly.
First of all, Dimmesdale was known as an excellent pastor throughout his life, only increasing in performance as he aged, even though he was really breaking inside. In Characters in ‘The Scarlet Letter’ by Edward Wagenknecht, Wagenknecht says that Dimmesdale “know the Puritan theology as [Hester] does not know it, and has a far firmer grasp upon the Puritan faith…”(Wagenknecht 5). In the beginning of the book, when we first encounter Dimmesdale, he is somewhat of an apprentice to Reverend Wilson. Hester is brought to the scaffold, after she has walked the streets in shame, and now Dimmesdale stands before her. The Reverend asks Dimmesdale to ask Hester who her fellow adulterer is. Even after multiple requests to Hester, she still refuses, and Dimmesdale nearly resorts to begging. “...Take heed…
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