Dying By The Struggle Essay

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Everyone has lied at one point in their life, people typically lie because it is hard for them to admit their wrong doings and are scared or embarrassed. This goes to show that their bravery has not yet built up. For example, if Dimmesdale had mustered up his fear and bravery, he could have stood on the scaffold with Hester and Pearl upon questioning Hester. Hester wanted to have peace in both her and Dimmesdale’s life but she kept holding back the truth which was the key to Dimmesdale’s salvation. She signified a parasite, a virus of sin that soon caught up to Dimmesdale’s life. Chillingsworth was a character who followed his heart throughout the whole novel; he uses his spare time to conduct new plans to deteriorate Dimmesdale’s health and mind. He starts out strong with his plans but it all fails when Dimmesdale dies on the scaffold. In “The Scarlet Letter”, the reader finds out that all main characters had one initial purpose whether it was to ruin a person’s reputation or to tell the truth from the beginning, all the characters with their purpose suffered at one point.
Dimmesdale is known as a holy figure in the community who wants to be true to everyone, yet he does not reveal the truth that is hidden in his heart. He urges to tell everyone that he is the father of Pearl but dwindles on this thought because he does not want it to affect his reputation. Throughout the novel, Dimmesdale tries to confess to the public about his truth, “Do you think it is a consolation, Hester that I must stand in my pulpit and see so many eyes looking up into my face as though the light of Heaven were beaming out of it? That I must see my parishioners hungry for the truth and listening to my words as though I spoke it? And then to look at myself and see the dark reality of the man they idolize?" (Hawthorne 172) but he fails due to the lack of bravery. When he meets Hester in the forest, he says that he does not have courage and strength that she has “I must die here! I do not have the strength or the courage to venture into the wide, strange, difficult world alone!” (Hawthorne 179) He admits that he isn't as emotionally and mentally strong as her but later he builds up his bravery and finally confesses to the town. Dimmesdale attempts to be his true self by telling the public about his sin on the scaffold so he can release the guilt that had built up in his heart. Due to the struggle of him revealing the truth, he ultimately destroys himself. The pain that was stored for so long had finally been revealed which kills Dimmesdale “God knows, and He is merciful. He has shown His mercy, above all, in my trials. He gave me this burning torture to bear on my breast! He sent that dark and terrible old man, to keep the torture always red-hot! He brought me here, to die in triumphant shame in front of all the people! Without either of these agonies, I would have been lost forever! Praised be His name! His will be done! Goodbye!” (Hawthorne 229)
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