Essay on The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

1212 Words Dec 1st, 2015 5 Pages
“Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death” (Coco Chanel). From day to day many people reside in remembrance of their painful past which hangs on to them until their final days. People of Boston have this fixed opinion of Arthur Dimmesdale, in which they think so highly of him in the sense that he carries such a beautiful soul. However, throughout The Scarlet Letter, Dimmesdale battles against his guilt and the toll it takes upon him at the hand of Nathaniel Hawthorne. It has been said that a man’s conscience can be his saving grace or his damning affiliation. He, being the minister of the town, the citizens have developed such faith and admiration for Dimmesdale, that committing to any wrong doing is frankly impossible. As he struggles to control his conscience, and at the same time hide the secret from becoming public, Dimmesdale finds himself being consumed by this sinful guilt, in which connects to the novel’s theme that redemption is valued through truth from any wrongdoing. As a minister, Dimmesdale has always held sermons about the effects of sin, always discouraging these acts in the past. Despite his stance against sinful acts, he himself has committed a sin that is viewed very powerful in weight. Judging by Dimmesdale’s position in the town, revealing his sin to the public will cost him a huge burden as “"We are not, Hester, the worst sinners in the world. There is one worse than even the polluted priest! That old man 's revenge has been blacker…

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