Chapter Three states that he showed, ÿnervous sensibility and a vast power of self restraint. The evil actions and thoughts that spread throughout the pages of the novel affect and become evident Dimmesdale the most. He has felt an influence dwelling always upon him like a curse. Is wearing the scarlet letter worse than being secretly persecuted? Pearl and Roger Chillingworth contend brutally over the soul of the minister Arthur Dimmesdale. Everyone at some point has lied and kept a secret, but it depends on the situation you're in. Hawthorne expresses here both his own views, as well as the popular view of the time, that a sin committed out of the type of hatred which Chillingworth exhibits, is a tool of the devil, and in itself causes a change in humans into something more sinister.
Roger Chillingworth moves in with Dimmesdale under the pretense of taking care of him, but in reality is only interested in spying on him. Therefore, that is what Hawthorne believed to be the definition of evil and sin; an individual chooses to do an action that is considered sinful. Dimmesdale appears incorruptible, revered and strong, but in reality he was corrupt, dishonest, and weak. Consequently, he becomes an eloquent and emotionally powerful speaker and a compassionate leader, and his congregation is able to receive meaningful spiritual guidance from him. Arthur Dimmesdale, because of his lack of moral fiber, his inability to living up to the values of both the Puritan and Christian.
Pearl is the good angel persuading and guilt tripping Dimmesdale into confessing his sin to reach salvation. I found them growing on a grave, which bore no tombstone, nor other memorial of the dead man, save these ugly weeds, that have taken upon themselves to keep him in remembrance. . Throughout the first half of the novel Dimmesdale is portrayed as a small insignificant character that seems to have a strange liking for Hester Prynne in which the reader does not pinpoint why, until he and Hester meet in the forest. Dimmesdale does not confess that he has committed a sin with Hester, and for a brutal seven whole years, he withholds his guilt inside of him.
Therefore, his sin becomes even larger than hers, because while hers is an exposed sin. Stand you here, and let me run and catch it. And didst thou ever meet him? The protagonist of the novel, Hester is married to Roger Chillingworth and has an affair with Arthur Dimmesdale. Chillingworth also sees that he no longer has power over Dimmesdale and says, 'Thou hast escaped me! This leads Dimmesdale into a further spiral of self-punishment and self-loathing. Here had been her sin; here, her sorrow; and here was yet to be her penitence. But here, in the sunny day, and among all the people, he knows us not; nor must we know him! Secrets and conflicts cause people to have mental illnesses and they come to the point where they can no longer live with themselves. He knows his actions have fallen short of both God's standards and his own, and he fears this represents his lack of salvation.
Toward the middle and the end of the story Reverend Dimmesdale changed as each chapter went on. Rather, other considerations should be taken into account. He is pressured to please his people and obey the rules of his society, but he knows that they will not accept who he really is. Dimmesdale does not know that Chillingworth is Hester's husband but still refuses to Chillingworth that he had a child with Hester. Chillingworth is obsessed with taking personal revenge on Dimmesdale, but he lets the community revenge itself on Hester.
Dimmesdale knows that he has sinned in the very beginning of the novel, but kept all his feelings inside, letting the guilt overwhelm him until the end. However, how one deals with the mistake is much more important than the mistake itself. From the beginning we see her embedded in these deep conflicts that define and shape her life. Oftentimes, this Protestant and Puritan divine had plied it on his own shoulders, laughing bitterly at himself the while, and smiting so much the more pitilessly because of that bitter laugh. It was with fear, and tremulously, and, as it were, by a slow, reluctant necessity, that Arthur Dimmesdale put forth his hand, chill as death, and touched the chill hand of Hester Prynne.
Dimmesdale was not courageous in his actions in the story but strong. Reverend Dimmesdale attempts to divest himself of his guilt by revealing it to his parishioners during services, but somehow never manages to accomplish the task. By an accurate measurement, each limb proved to be precisely three inches and a quarter in length. Pearl is the good, positive influence upon Dimmesdale that only has constructive intentions towards his salvation. Since the religion is completely strict and absolutely prohibits sins like adultery, he has no choice but to feel guilt and regret. Dimmesdale, being a religious leader, goes through the struggle for salvation throughout the novel because the action of his sin that he has committed is killing his conscious.
Within my paragraphs, I first included background information of each action and then provided evidence and lastly an analysis relating to good or evil. However, in not confessing his sin to the public, he suffers through the guilt of his sin, a pain which is exacerbated by the tortures of Roger Chillingworth. Shy, retiring, and well loved and respected by his public, Dimmesdale is too frightened and selfish to reveal his sin and bear the burden of punishment with Hester. That he now breathes, and creeps about on earth, is owing all to me! Meanwhile, nevertheless, it was sad to think of the perchance mortal agony through which he must struggle towards his triumph. Accordingly, his wonderful sermons are applauded by all for a reason his listeners don't understand: Sin and agony have enabled the intellectual scholar-minister to recognize and empathize with other sinners.
It will soon be gone. He portrays Hester fondly, as a woman of strength, independence, and kindness, who stands up to the judgments and constraints of her society. The reader is clued into the fact that the other half is the Reverend, Arthur Dimmesdale. In this novel, Roger Chillingworth plays as the role of evil, tormenting the life of Arthur Dimmesdale, with the intent of revenge on his mind. Here Hawthorne shows us just how strong Dimmesdale actually is, by allowing him to hide his sin and bear the weight of it, he creates an extremely interesting and tremendously strong character.
Three symbols in the novel are Hester, Dimmesdale, and Pearl. For most people, guilt is often a short-lived feeling because we confess why we feel guilty and get it off of our chests. This is true of people and situations we encounter in our everyday lives, and all of us are most likely deemed objectionable more frequently than we realize. Throughout this novel, Dimmesdale continues to struggle with the pull of the devil upon his character and his personality. In these examples, you will see how the author touches on deep psychological and romantic themes, heavily inspired by Puritan New England.