Essay On Dimmesdale In The Scarlet Letter

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It is ironic how such a simple minister can commit a secret sin. In the story “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne Dimmesdale, the minister, is caught between his love life and religious life. Dimmesdale only thinks what people will say about him. Aside from that he can also be very evil at some points. Dimmesdale has to choose either between staying with Hester and his daughter or keeping his job. “In her was visible the tie that united them”, (Hawthorne 216). Through this quote, the audience sees that they have a “tie that united them”. This is significant because it shows how Pearl is the only thing keeping Hester and Dimmesdale together. He loves Hester and Pearl and he wants to be with them together as a family. Hester was already…show more content…
“The sainted minister in church! The women of the scarlet letter in the marketplace! What imagination would have been irreverent enough to surmise that the same scorching stigma was on them both!” (Hawthorne 257). Through this quote, the audience figures that “sainted minister…and woman of the scarlet letter…the same scorching stigma”. This is significant because Dimmesdale was afraid of what the town would think once they found out. He did not want people to see him as a terrible person especially because he is a minister. “Wave back that woman! Cast off this child! All shall be well! Don not blacken your fame, and perish in dishonor! I can yet save you! Would you bring infamy on your sacred profession?” (Hawthorne 263). Through this quote, the audience sees that a man does not want Dimmesdale to “blacken your fame, and perish in dishonor”. This is significant because the man is reminding him how many people admire it and he is going to throw all that away. Basically, he will lose respect from everyone and will be looked down upon. As such, Dimmesdale will never be seen as the same person anymore. For one second he never really thought about Hester and Pearl, he knew Hester would be punished and yet did nothing about
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