The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

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Have you ever known a minister who has done a great sin? Or a self-centered minister who is drowning in his guilt from a sin? Neither have I. Most ministers one can think of is a God-like figure who no one would think would sin like themselves because of the ministers’ devotion to their faith and God. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the Puritan community thought their beloved minister could never sin, but in fact Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale is a devoted minister who has done the sin of adultery with his secret lover Hester whose sin is publicly shamed from their daughter Pearl. However, Hester’s sin is publicly shown but, Dimmesdale keeps this sin a secret from the public fearing he will lose everything if he does not. Even though one might think keeping his sin a secret is a better idea due to his minister position in the community, this great sin drowns him in guilt for about seven years making him sick and not lively. Reverend Dimmesdale is a primary character because of this conflict between his spiritual leader role he upholds in the community while having a great sin guilt him every day and how many people he affects from being a minister who does not let his secret of a sin out for seven years. Reverend Dimmesdale is the main character because he holds a high position in society as a minister and preach about sin to the community, while in reality he himself is the sinner he talks about in his speeches. An ironic scene which slightly reveals his…

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