How Does Arthur Dimmesdale Change Throughout The Scarlet Letter

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Arthur Dimmesdale is a fictional character in the book The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Dimmesdale is a minister in Boston, Massachusetts, and has a daughter with the town’s least favorite person,and the protagonist of the novel, Hester Prynne, in which the townspeople are unaware of. ... Throughout the novel, Dimmesdale struggles with internal conflicts to try and keep his secret of adultery to himself. He sees Hester Prynne and her struggle with society's judgement and hatred towards her and Pearl, yet does nothing, knowing he plays a major role in Hester's rejection from the people of Boston. He will not confess to his sins to anyone. Because of his refusal to confess, He begins to convert his confessions into his sermons to the townspeople. This becomes his motivation and pours all he has to say about sin into his preaching, but this still does not help him. The more he suffers, the better his sermons become. In the end of the novel, Dimmesdale finally learns to let his guilt fade away and transforms into a new man, ready to tell the truth to…show more content…
His future now seems to have two possible outcomes after his confession: the demand for his execution, or for Dimmesdale, Hester, and Pearl to leave the town and migrate to Europe as a family. These two outcomes, however do not happen. Dimmesdale weakens and is not strong enough to leave the colonies with his daughter and lover, peacefully. Just after Election day and his confession, his fate is inevitable, he and his life force will gradually dwindle. During his last few memorable moments, Dimmesdale goes down on his knees and asks Pearl to give her father a kiss. When she does “a spell was broken,” Dimmesdale finally, during these moments, finds peace. Once she kisses her father upon the scaffold, she then becomes more than just a symbol of Hester Prynne's and Dimmesdale's

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