Who Is Arthur Dimmesdale In The Scarlet Letter

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In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale has an affair with Hester Prynne. Unfortunately for the two of them, Hester becomes pregnant. This makes the two lover’s actions obvious to the public; therefore, creating a chain of events that puts both of them in utterly miserable states. Arthur Dimmesdale, in this novel, is too fearful to confess his doings to the town with Hester and allows Hester and his child—Pearl—to suffer the shameful consequences. Arthur Dimmesdale is not a very likeable character; he abandons Hester and Pearl to protect himself and his status and doesn’t attempt to make amends for over seven years. Being a clergyman, Arthur Dimmesdale is put on a high pedestal in society and is supposed to
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