Anti-Transcendentalism Scarlet Letter

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Throughout one’s life, one has to learn to struggle with holding certain expectations of oneself. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the anti-transcendental novel portrays the idea that in order for one to live a fulfilled life, he/she must accept that that nature of humans is imperfect. In this novel, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale struggles to accept his true hippocratic nature. At first he leads a double life, trying to cover up his sin by presenting himself innocent. Then, his guilt starts to physically show and people became worried for the sake of his health. Finally, when he comes to accept himself, he is too late. Throughout the novel, Dimmesdale struggles with the expectations that he has of himself and the expectations that his society holds.…show more content…
Dimmesdale allows Hester to be punished for something that he was partially involved in, adultery. When Hester comes out of the prison and is presented in front of the town, Dimmesdale is given “the responsibility of [Hester’s] soul” by deciding her punishment (Hawthorne 39). Dimmesdale tries to push Hester to “speak out the name of thy fellow-sinner” instead of saying that it is himself who is the other sinner (39). Also, the Reverend is relieved that Hester does not speak out his name. Arthur has his “hand upon his heart” when Hester does “not speak!” (40). Dimmesdale is very cowardly, even though his society deems him as one of the most holy beings in
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