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

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The Scarlet Letter: The Transformation of Rev. Dimmesdale "Life is tough, but accepting that fact makes it easier" This frequent phrase clearly states a harsh actuality that Rev. Dimmesdale, a character in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, had to confront. In this story of deception and adultery set from the Puritan era, Hawthorne introduces Dimmesdale as a weak and cowardly guy who won't take responsibility for his activities. The Rev. Dimmesdale is a transitional character because he is, in the start of the novel, outwardly good but inwardly deceptive and from the end of this novel he becomes both outwardly and inwardly truthful. At the start of the book, Dimmesdale has established quite a reputation for himself. In speaking individual members of the magistrate, the towns people explain Dimmesdale as a "God fearing" gentleman, "but merciful overmuch (49)". Due to his activities each one of the people respect and look up to the Reverend. Throughout the story, Dimmesdale desperately tries to acknowledge, envying Hester, for her courage, he states, "Happy are you currently Hester, that wear the scarlet letter openly upon your bosom” (188)! Even at the end of the novel, when finally attempting to confess, people are compelled by his final sermon, raving that "never had a man spoken in so wise, so high, and so holy a spirit, as he that spake this day” (243). Proving that he was a really loved and powerful man in the little city. In further growing Dimmesdale's personality, Hawthorne portrays him as a hypocrite. His external demeanor deceives the villagers, appearing as a totally holy man. However, before the action of the book begins, he stumbles into sin, by committing adultery with Hester Pryn...

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