Theme Of Individual Versus Society As It Pertains To Reverend Dimmesdale Of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

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Reverent Dimmesdale's journey through the story shows how his insecurities effect his decisions. Dimmesdale often let his thoughts of rejection from his life as a loved godly man take away from what he needed to do. He shows, by these actions, a want to be accepted that is so strong that it can overpower his churchly values. Dimmesdale's inner-conflict with his conscience demonstrates how his need to fit in with society overpowers his value to have a pure repented heart.Dimmesdale isolates himself from society because his sin that he refuses to repent makes him paranoid to anyone he comes in contact with. The quote "Trusting no man as his friend, he could not recognize his enemy when the latter actually appeared." (pg. 128) is a good example of his want to keep himself closed off to the world. Dimmesdale acts this way because he feels that if he gets close to people they will be able to see his sin; therefore, leaving himself open for people to call him out on his adultery. Dimmesdale was hiding into himself so much because of his sin that he couldn't push through and repent though if he would have he could have had a so much more than what he died with. As a result of his inability to come clean to the public and accept his punishment he began to disintegrate as a man. The quote "beholding Mr. Dimmesdale's frame so feeble while they were themselves so rugged in their infirmity," (pg. 139) shows how weak Dimmesdale was throughout the time he was keeping his sin in his heart. Dimmesdale got so weak and sick because his sin consumed him, and all he could do was live around his sin until he could stand up to his fear and say what he needed to. By refusing to repent he signed his life over to his own self destruction; furthermore, sealing his fate as another character to fall victim to...

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