The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Arthur Dimmesdale is one of the four major characters in the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Although Hester Prynne is the character most readers consider to be the most influential, he is of equal importance to the novel. Arthur Dimmesdale is a young reverend that plays an important role in the Puritan community. To the people who reside in the small puritan town In Boston, Arthur Dimmesdale is considered to be the example of what it means to be “pure” and “holy” as a genuine believer in the Puritan faith. One can describe Arthur Dimmesdale as a young individual with a pale complexion. He would be physically delicate, with frail arms and frail body. A well educated individual with a strong devotion to god. Dimmesdale is passionate about his religion, which results in his inability to allow his sin to be forgiven or forgotten. Dimmesdale and Hester Prynne fall in love and commit an act of adultery. Hester Prynne was married to Roger Chillingworth who is one of the four major characters in the novel and Arthur Dimmesdale was essentially “married” to God. Hester Prynne struggles with being publicly shamed and forced to wear the red letter “A” wherever she goes. However when she refuses to reveal whom she committed the sin with, Arthur Dimmesdale must suffer with the knowledge that god and him are the only ones who know of the sin he has committed. Private guilt can at times be much more cruel and unforgiving. As an emotional individual he is
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