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The Character of Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter

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The Character of Dimmesdale in The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, supplies us with complex characters to examine and appraise. Hawthorne carefully constructs his characters, giving them every distinct emotions, principles, physical attributes, and thus creating different souls. One sees personality development throughout the publication, until at the end, one is left with an image of a seemingly "real" individual. One of Hawthorne's carefully constructed characters would bealso, Arthur Dimmesdale. Together with Arthur, one sees how sin affects him dramatically, causing in him ethical struggles. Dimmesdale is always attempting to find out who he is. In the start of Hawthorne's book, we're introduced to Hester Prynne, that has been condemned for adultery. Through this sin, she's a child named Pearl. The bigger controversy though, is who's Hester's "partner in crime." However, for seven decades, Hester does not reveal it to anyone, not even her husband, Roger Prynne, that comes to town the day she's brought up on the scaffold. Prynne isn't pleased about finding his wife convicted of having an adulteress. He feels that the other guilty party should be up on the scaffold with her. His deep want to discover the guilty party, direct him to disguise his identity, and he also becomes, Roger Chillingworth. Hester agrees to keep his secret. The book takes us through the seven years which Hester keeps quiet. A reader of this novel finds out early that Arthur Dimmesdale is the man Hester is attempting to protect. One finds, that even in the beginning, there's deep inner battle affecting Dimmesdale...

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