In the Scarlet Letter there are characters that are important to the novel; however there is one specific character that relates to the topic of the story is Arthur Dimmesdale. The character Arthur Dimmesdale is a respected minster in Boston. However even though, Arthur Dimmesdale is a minister and preaches against sin to his congregation, he commits the ultimate sin with a young married woman named Hester Pryne. For punishment Hester Pryne becomes pregnant and shunned from public society, Dimmesdale is forced to live with guilt and later in the novel dies from the same sin within his body. Critics that have read the Scarlet letter would argue that Dimmesdale is a weak or ennobled character because he didn’t tell the community of his sinful crime. Another characteristic that critics would agree on is that Dimmesdale was a hypocrite. Arthur Dimmesdale is a character that is weak and ...view middle of the document...
For instance according to www.123Helpme.com “Dimmesdale tries to cover up sin by preaching to the town, so he would not be punished” (p1). If Dimmesdale would of told of his sin with Hester Pryne , then Hester could have not went through the embarrassment , or humiliation alone.
Another characteristic that critics would agree on is that Aruther dimesdale was a hypocrite. Dimmesdale was hyopcrite by comminting the same sin that he preached against to his congregation. Also suggested by the article "Nathaniel Hawthrone- Hypocrispy in the Scarlet Letter, " " Weekly Aruther Dimmesdale goes and preaches on how bad sin is , and how he is the worst sinner of them all, these confessions only make Dimmesdale more of a hypocrite." Later in the novel Dimmesdale still continued to be a hypocrite. Like for instance Dimmesdale had the oppurtinity to got to the scaffold to repeant for his sins. However when Dimmesdale sees a man walking through towards the scaffold he consider his repent and decides to not to let the congregation to know about his sin. Eventhough he told Hester Pryne that he wanted to be with them on the scaflod. Also suggested by the article, "Nathenial Hawthrone - Hypocrispy in the scarlet letter" " Arthuer Dimmesdale sizes the oppurtinity to go up on the scaffold to feel better about his sin, but when Dimmesdale see's a fellow man , of the cloth walking in the forest, dimmesdale cowers. Another reason how dimmesdale was a hypocrite is when Dimmesdale preaches against lying , but he lied to his congregation , or community with his affair with Hester Pryne. Dimmesdale is the perfect of embiodment of hypocritism because he pretends to be a honest minster. However Dimmesdale was actually a liar and a sinner.
In summary,Arthuer Dimmesdale is a character that is weak and hypocritical to his own beliefs. Evehtough Arthur Dimmesdale is a weak charcter , Nathaniel Hawthrone still uses the character to support the theme of hypocritism. At the end of the novel , Dimmesdael finally reapents of his sin with Hester and dies while he carves the letter "A" on his chest.