The Psychological Transformation Of Arthur Dimmesdale

2019 Words Mar 30th, 2015 9 Pages
Noah Slon
Ms. Cella
English 10 HH
27 March 2015
The Psychological Transformation of Arthur Dimmesdale It is said that the physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing are interconnected among spiritual men. Should the spiritual wellbeing be compromised, through sin or some such disconnect with God, mental and physical health declines. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, a similar degeneration of health, both physical and mental, is undergone by the tortured minister, Mr. Arthur Dimmesdale. Dimmesdale is the secret lover of Hester Prynne, the young, passionate protagonist of the novel. Having sinned, he cannot reveal himself to the townsfolk, and thus is resigned to suffer with it himself for years. His subconscious guilt is constantly agitated by Roger Chillingworth, and as he becomes more and more guilt-ridden, he becomes untrusting and frail, melancholy and beaten. His mental and spiritual health diminish to the point of his untimely death in the finale of the book. Indeed, The Scarlet Letter is a psychological novel, illustrating the steady dissolution of Arthur Dimmesdale from a healthy, young, and enthused minister to a frail, sickly, and defeated shadow of his former self due to his inability to cope with his actions. At the origin of the novel, Arthur Dimmesdale is young, healthy and enthused; he has no trouble with what he has done, he simply doesn’t think about it. Dimmesdale, the shining young minister of Boston, is described as a man whose “eloquence and…
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