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Dimmesdale Essay

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The Analysis of Arthur Dimmesdale in the Scarlet LetterAbstractIn the scarlet letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, there is a most tragic character that is the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale because in the novel, he is the most ambiguous role for his noble rank and his behavior. But no matter what others think of him, I think, he is the most successful role in the novel. In this paper, I will talk something about Dimmesdale in the positive angle according to the other author's papers.Key words: rank; behavior; conflict; tragicⅠ.introductionA. As a clergymanIn the novel, first, Dimmesdale is characterized as a hypocrite who conceals his mean behavior. He who doesn't have enough courage ...view middle of the document...

What's more, he is almost regarded as the representative of God in people' heart. But as a true man, he desires for true love and happiness life and he has his own pursue.B. As Hester's LoverAs Hester's lover, he is very hypocritical. He fails to take his responsibility to stand together with Hester on the scaffold. He even sends Hester to the scaffold by himself and ignores her scolded by others and it's he that announces Hester's crime.C. As a FatherAs a father he should foster and educate his daughter Pearl well. He should give Pearl enough father's love, but all of these he fails to take. He puts all the responsibilities on the shoulder of Hester's. Hester by herself looks after of their daughter Pearl under enormous pressure and in an extremely hard condition that Hester makes a living through sewing clothes for others. During the seven years, he leaves them in a miserable environment. These behaviors should be scolded strictly.D. To ChlillingworthBut to Chillingworth, he is a victim. Chillingworth the missing husband of Hester's, tries hard to find out who is Hester's lover, that makes him shamed and believes that Dimmesdale is the man he wants to find but at the beginning he doesn't have enough evidence to proof his suspection and later by a chance he finds what he has thought is true. So as a doctor, he can contact with Dimmesdale naturally and what's more he lives with Dimmesdale as his home physician. So he takes every chance to torture Dimmesdale. He often asks something about Hester and he often speaks something serious to frighten the poor minister which makes his illness worse and worse and his sanity almost goes crazy.E. To the SocietyTo the society he is a sacrifice. He wants to protect his lover but he doesn't. He prefers to keep his status in the world rather than stand out to reveal he is the man who commits adultery with Hester and who is Pearl's father. Because he thinks he is a clergyman and he scares to confess to the public as a respectable minister. If he tells the secret he would lose his authority and he would have to bear the scorns coming from the town's people.Ⅲ. Dimmesdale's conflictA. As a MinisterAs a clergyman under that condition(where adultery and mean behaviors are forbidden strictly), Dimmesdale can't refrain himself from the attraction of Hester's and lose himself. But he knows it can't be accepted by the public so he chooses to conceal himself and he excapes from the punishment of the public. Although these, he can't avoid facing his inner heart. He inflicts himself in mental. When he can't undertake the pain of his soul, he beats himself badly in his secret room and he creeps to stand on the scaffold on which Hester once stood to lessen his torturement and to decrease his pain in mental. His health is gradually worse and worse. He makes Chillingworth his home doctor. At the same time he doesn't know, to him, Chillingworth likes something evil to torture him every day. Once a time he also wanted to...

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