Reverend Dimmesdale In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

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In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne uses an admirable character, Reverend Dimmesdale, in order to portray that being a hypocrite is one of the worst sins that one can commit. Hawthorne uses hypocrisy as a major theme of the novel. Consequently, Hawthorne is able to express his hatred of the Puritanical society, by proving to the readers that the majority of Puritans were hypocritical. Throughout the novel, poor Hester Prynne had to face the evil Puritans by herself, and bravely wore the Scarlet letter on her chest. Meanwhile, Reverend Dimmesdale lived a life of miserable guilt and self-torture, because he was unable to express to the town who he truly was. This is shown in the novel when Reverend Dimmesdale explained to Hester that the guilt of his sin was tearing him apart, "Be not silent from any mistaken pity and tenderness for…show more content…
What can thy silence do for him, except it tempt him —yea, compel him, as it were —to add hypocrisy to sin" (Page 63)? In the novel, Dimmesdale was adored by the town and he was a superior role model for the Puritans. Dimmesdale felt guilty whenever the Puritans would idolize him, because he felt that he was unworthy of their admiration. Furthermore, Dimmesdale was hypocritical when he said that he loved Hester and Pearl, even though he ignored them in front of the town. Several times, Pearl asked Dimmesdale if he would walk with them. “Doth he love us? Will he go back with us, hand in hand, we three together, into the town” (Page 191)? Dimmesdale always explained to Pearl that he would walk
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