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Guilt according to the American Heritage Dictionary is the state of being responsible for committing wrongdoings and expressing remorse for those wrongdoings A character is created with such guilt in The Scarlet Letter a psychological novel written by a member of the Anti-transcendentalist Movement Nathaniel Hawthorne Arthur Dimmesdales guilt leads to the eventual downfall and demise of his conscience and drives him to work hard toward redemption Dimmesdales guilt leads to the eventual decomposition of his mind and conscience He begins to act abnormally Being a young minister many women in the town fancy him He refuses all of their marriage proposals because of the thought of his sin with Hester At one point Dimmesdale becomes jealous of Hester He believes that Hester is better off because her sin is known by the public and she does not have to worry about being caught anymore When Roger Chillingworth asks Dimmesdale if he thinks Hester is less miserable because of her public punishment by the scarlet letter A Dimmesdale responds It must needs be better for the sufferer to be free to show his pain as this poor woman Hester is than to cover it all up in his heart Arthur Dimmesdales mind begins it demise when Roger Chillingworth believes that he is Hesters partner in adultery after discovering Dimmesdales torn chest Chillingworth is constantly playing mind games with Dimmesdale and he constantly tries to leech information from him by tapping into his every thought and never letting up Arthur Dimmesdales guilt leads to the downfall of his physical health His remorse for his wrongdoings causes his to inflict pain and suffering upon himself by slashing and whipping his chest in his closet when he is in solitude He inflicts physical pain upon himself because he feels that it was unfair that Hester was publicly punished and allowed to move on with her life Dimmesdale also stops taking care of himself He begins to superficially deteriorate
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