Essay on The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Scarlet Letter Analysis It is true that “No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true” (Hawthorne 194) because if we allow ourselves to develop into a person leading two different lives, our personalities compete for dominance within ourselves until the competition inevitably reaches a confusing ferocity, thus diminishing personal productivity. Living a two-faced life lends itself physical and mental anguish which chases away personal productivity along with opening the door for confusion. Nathaniel Hawthorne explains the anguish that Arthur Dimmesdale’s sin has caused within his soul, thus sending him to the scaffold, because Dimmesdale lives a false and contradictory life, leading to ultimate sadness for him as well as a decline in his overall health as evidenced by the hiring of Roger Chillingworth to accompany Dimmesdale. Dimmesdale finds himself so sad because of his inability to confess as well as his recognition of his wrongdoing. In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne says, “It is inconceivable, the agony with which this public veneration tortured him!” (130). Also, Dimmesdale realizes that without a confession, his life is a falsehood believing that “The only truth that continued to give Mr. Dimmesdale a real existence on this Earth was the anguish in his inmost soul . . .” (Hawthorne 133). Sadness, furthermore, burdens the soul with grief, thus cornering…

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