Essay The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Hidden guilt is a silent killer because one 's hidden guilt can cause a person to deteriorate emotionally and physically. It builds up over time and essentially eats away at one 's soul. Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, a main character in Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter, is a clear example of the negative effects of hidden guilt. In the book, Dimmesdale commits the sin of adultery with Hester Prynne, the main character, and together their sin results in their daughter Pearl. Roger Chillingworth, the thought-to-be-dead husband of Hester, reappears in Boston in 1642, and makes it his mission to seek revenge on the father of Pearl, Dimmesdale. Both Hester and Pearl display their sin publicly, while Dimmesdale hides his sin from society out of fear of their harsh judgement. Dimmesdale 's hidden guilt provides him with many hardships throughout his life. In Puritan society, he wears a perfect facade to the public but his hidden guilt prevents him from showing his true self. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale 's hidden guilt causes detrimental changes to his physical, emotional and mental health; however, his confession of his sin makes him worthy of the praise society has given him. From the perspective of Puritan society, Dimmesdale is seen as a perfect and saintly figure, but as he begins to associate with Roger Chillingworth, his corporeal slowly begins to decline as a result of him hiding his sin from the public. When…

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