The child has been sent from God, or at least from nature, but the letter is merely a human contrivance. Little do we or they know that her partner is Dimmesdale. Thus, it symbolizes many different things at a time. He is the weakest character in the novel who dies not because someone did him harm, but because he was not able to cope with problems. They would have certainly scorned online smut, but they would have eagerly used the web to humiliate sinners. Finally, the novel ends with Hester and her daughter, Pearl, inheriting her husband's wealth after his death.
By Reverend Dimmesdale keeping something within, he felt extremely guilty and not functioning to his full potential, isolating himself did not do any better, as a matter of fact, isolating himself from the rest of the world began to eat away his feelings. The reader first meets the incredibly strong Hester on the scaffold with Pearl in her arms, beginning her punishment. The issue of sin is at the heart of this novel and through these three main characters it is possible to see what the effects of sin can be and what the outcome of living with it might be. The effects of his sin on his mind are a bit more prominent but really only seem to surface when he thinks about what might have been. Everybody in Salem looked up to and idolized lost his dignity and the trust of the people in the town in due time. Even though he was already malformed, it is clear that when he thinks about his sin it is readily apparent. This is the story that Hawthorne claims is the basis for The Scarlet Letter.
The community thrives on the shame of others and it permeates their conversations and life. He first denies his sin, then he unwillingly accepts it, and finally he overcomes it. We first see Dimmesdale portrayed as a nervous and sensitive individual. Roger Chillingworth destroys himself by devoting himself to his quest for revenge. He begins to torture the minister mentally to find out the truth.
While Hester may not be marred physically or have bodily evidence of the effects of her sin, Roger Chillingworth it quite the opposite. Chillingworth, having lost the object of his hatred, dies soon thereafter. Like Hester, he is constantly struggling with his own thoughts. He is often seen holding his hand on his chest, which is physically a sign of the chest pain, but on a deeper level, it indicates the heartbrokenness. Many years later, Hester returns to her cottage by the sea, voluntarily wearing her scarlet letter, which is no longer a stigma. Arthur Dimmesdale Arthur Dimmesdale is a respected minister in Boston and the father of Pearl. Feel free to comment below.
Hester sends Pearl away as the minister approaches. The suffering begins to take its physical toll, especially since Hester's husband Chillingworth seeks to destroy Dimmesdale and is a constant reminder of the guilt and shame he harbors from his affair with Hester. Throughout The Scarlet Letter by , the effects of sin on the mind, body, and soul of Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth are all visible even though there are manifested in different ways for each character. He was being consumed, in mind, body, and spirit by the effects of sin since he was unable to be like Hester and Roger and accept his sin for what it was, despite the pain it might sometimes cause. The outward burden of her sin is manmade the letter itself whereas his causes increasing deformities on his body and features. She is killed for being a witch after the novel's events. His passion to figure out who has committed this sin with his wife turns him from a nice man to an evil and dark and mysterious one.
. I am but a child. Like how Hester was out casted from society because of her sin but the movie is not as similar as people think. It is also seen in Pearl's clothes, the rose bush outside the jail, and the meteor that shines in the sky. He believes in a punitive God. She recognizes Dimmesdale for who he is. On the a broad and sweeping level, the and shame of the community is the true ugliness representative of a community tainted with folly.
Hawthorne remarks that he is lucky to have been let go, since it allowed him the time to write out the entire story of The Scarlet Letter. Using his fake name, he infiltrates the community and searches for the man with whom Hester Prynne committed adultery. As Dimmesdale sleeps, Chillingworth discovers a mark on his chest and rejoices. The Scarlet Letter Background The story of The Scarlet Letter, an American novel from 1850 about a puritan town and the fallout occurring from a woman's adultery, has endured for many centuries. To automatically consider Hester a moral superior overlooks the probability that if not for the pregnancy, her sin would have never been discovered and she would have lived as Dimmesdale, outwardly pious and inwardly untamed. Her beautiful hair is hidden under her cap, her beauty and warmth are gone, buried under the burden of the elaborate scarlet letter on her bosom. Inspector The Inspector is the patriarch of the Customs House.
The meaning of the letter has changed from the beginning of the novel, to the end of the novel for the better. This post is part of the series: The Scarlet Letter Study Guide. There is also the sin that Dimmesdale commits by not confessing and coming clean about his actions. Chillingworth does not reveal his real name in the novel. If there was not for judgmental Puritan society, her life would have been much happier, as she would be able to live and raise a child with the one she loves. The Puritans commonly looked to symbols to confirm divine sentiments.
I felt no love, nor feigned any. He is considered one of the happiest workers, likely because he knows he will never be removed from his post. She gives birth to a daughter, Pearl, as a result, and is driven out of her community for her sin of adultery. Lesson Summary The Scarlet Letter is a novel about Hester Prynne, a young Puritan woman, who has an affair with the junior minister, Arthur Dimmesdale, and the fallout that subsequently occurs. Her strength along with her Christian charity turns Hester from someone to be scorned into someone who is admired. Hawthorne attributes this transformation to her lonely position in the world and her suffering.