The Conflicts Of Being Weak Essay

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Julie Peach
Ms. Campanella
English 3 Honors Period 5
20 November 2016
The Conflicts of Being Weak

Professor Bryant H. McGill said, “Conflict avoidance often causes greater conflict”. Hiding and cowering from any kind of quarrel often leads one down a fatal path filled with many harmful obstacles. The novel, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, portrays the story of a forbidden love affair between Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale and the consequences of it.
Arthur Dimmesdale allowed his one mistake to consume his life, causing him to become weak and exposing him to great conflicts.
Arthur Dimmesdale was idolized by the people of Boston because of his powerful words of guidance and truth. Although this seemed like a gift, to Dimmesdale, it was punishment. Seeing how he was put on a high pedestal by others, he could not come clean of his sin because he was scared of what the people would think. This caused Dimmesdale to become weak and start an internal conflict within himself. When he met with Hester in the forest, she told him, “‘Heaven would show mercy’, rejoined Hester, ‘hadst thou but the strength to take advantage of it’” (Hawthorne 152). Hester proved that she was stronger than Dimmesdale so she was trying to convince him to be strong as well. In this quote, Hawthorne is revealing how sometimes when people are scared and weak, they do not see the bigger and more important picture at hand because they are only focused on themselves. In this case, he is
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