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The Character of Arthur Dimmesdale in The Scarlet Letter In The Scarlet Letter, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale is considered a very honorable person by nearly everyone in the Puritan city. Practically no one would believe he would be able to do any wicked, much less the sin of adultery. To the contrary, Dimmesdale believes he is a terrible person for committing this sin and not admitting it to the townspeople. This fact affects him considerably yet abruptly raises his recognition by inspiring him to come about with more intensifying sermons. Adversely to the common view of the townspeople, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale is not really honorable and does not deserve any praise at all. In fact, he's a coward. Dimmesdale isn't courageous enough to tell the town he was the person who committed adultery with Hester and the one who deserved to stand at the scaffold with Hester and Pearl while they are being punished openly from the townspeople's stares and whispers. This reverend is only able to stand in the guilty spotlight when...