Essay The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Sometime throughout everyone 's life they come to a state of ambivalence, where they experience a sense of uncertainty within their own feelings. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, the influential Puritan, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale must repeatedly deal with two conflicting arguments within himself. He has committed the greatest sin of adultery with Hester Prynne which goes against the very laws that he represents. Everyday he is reminded by his unholy sin by the Scarlet Letter attached to Hester’s chest. he believes he can not confess his sin in fear of losing the support from his congregation even though he knows that it is not right to go unpunished, and admitting to his crime will be his only form of redemption. These compelling desires and obligations slowly eat away at his character and reveal his true sense of identity, allowing the reader to have a greater knowledge into his thoughts. Dimmesdale is thrown into emotional turmoil, where he is conflicted to do the right thing by society and confess his sins, or to keep quiet and resume his role in the society as the saintly Reverend and internally live with his guilt. Dimmesdale is compelled to mold to his Puritan society and be pure but knows that he is not. This state of mind conflicts with his desires and obligations.
In the strict Puritan town where the story takes place, Arthur Dimmesdale is believed to be a saintly figure, which boosts his ego to keep quiet about the sin he has committed. The townspeople…

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