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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Susan Block once said that “Puritans, like poachers, shoot to kill your inner bonobo.” Nathaniel Hawthorne demonstrates a Puritan society that ridicules a young woman named Hester Prynne for committing adultery and not disclosing the name of the man who fathered her child in his Gothic Romance novel entitled The Scarlet Letter. The father, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, reveals this persona to the collective that he is a dutiful minister; however, he achieves individuation when he rejects Calvinism and redefined his faith after a troublesome battle with his inner self. His endeavor takes a toll on him mentally, physically, and emotionally as he struggles to seek a way to rid the guilt that is eating him alive. Arthur Dimmesdale, prior to his transgression, was characterized as an introverted and well respected minister who was admired by many citizens of Puritan society. He’s a intuitive scholar with unbelievable intellectual capabilities that aren 't truly shown until he later becomes a friend to the man who is on a personal quest to murder him, Roger Chillingworth. Dimmesdale is a young lanky fellow that is true to his religion until the very end of his life. In the beginning of the novel, he is mentally stable and relatively healthy despite his delicate stature. His introverted lifestyle is demonstrated by Hawthorne when he says “[Dimmesdale] felt himself quite astray and at a loss in the pathway of human existence” (Hawthorne 19). Also, Dimmesdale is “isolated
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