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The Scarlet Letter - Dimmesdale Analysis Character Analysis Dimmesdale Dimmesdale is one of the most intriguing characters in The Scarlet Letter I think this because he demonstrates in this story that he is a coward and that he is strong yet not courageous Dimmesdale proves that he is a cowardice individual many times in The Scarlet Letter He does this by not admitting his sin Dimmesdale had many opportunities to admit his sin and get the guilt off his chest The first opportunity was when Dimmesdale was making his speech in front of an audience He tried to tell the truth but more lies just came out The second opportunity that Dimmesdale had to confess his sin was when he was living with Chillingworth and Chillingworth told Dimmesdale to confess what was troubling him and again Dimmesdale refused to confess Finally the third time that Dimmesdale had a great opportunity to confess himself was at the end of the story during the festival on the scaffold Standing there with Hester and Pearl Dimmesdale was still too much of a coward to admit his sin and release the anguish from his burning chest Another way in which Dimmesdale showed that he was a cowardice person is by not confronting Chillingworth Chillingworth was plotting revenge on Dimmesdale for an extremely long time In fact Chillingworths life was devoted to getting revenge on Dimmesdale Being told by Hester Dimmesdale still did not confront Chillingworth Throughout the book Dimmesdale was an extreme coward Dimmesdales actions in this story where not courageous but strong For roughly seven years this man had to live with extreme guilt Dimmesdale had many reasons to feel guilty First of all he let Hester be labeled an adulteress while he just looked on Lastly Dimmesdale felt guilty because he had not raised Pearl as his own Dimmesdale showed this by being exceptionally affectionate the few times that he was around Pearl
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