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Webs of Conflict The Scarlet Letter is a book that centralizes on the importance of being true to ones feelings Because the main characters of the novel were not true to their feelings a long series of conflicts arise from the situation Internal conflicts of admitting guilt or sin trouble most of the characters as they all have a sin in which they must decide whether or not to profess External conflicts like fate and pressures of society oppose the will of the characters The Scarlet Letter contains both internal and external conflicts which hamper the well being of the main characters Internal conflicts exist only in ones mind or conscience Such as is the case of Reverend Dimmesdale Reverend Dimmesdale finds himself torn between his lover and his congregation The Reverend torments himself daily on whether or not to admit his sins with Hester On the one hand Dimmesdale has an obligation to be with his lover but on the other hand he does not want to face the judgment of his peers and his congregation Similarly is his conflict of whether to continue his sin He asks himself whether he should say Forgive me It will never happen again or Forgive me but I must stay with her Like the Reverends internal conflict Hester also questions herself on whether or not to admit not only who the father of Pearl is but also who her real husband is What troubles the real husband of Hester Chillingworth is why did an old deformed man like himself try to marry a young vibrant beautiful woman like Hester Also the young Pearl caught in between the messy relationships must decide if she will accept Dimmesdale as her father Not only did these internal conflicts slow the resolution of their problem but external conflicts also compounded their problem External conflicts are those of fate society or sometimes other characters Chillingworth is constantly torturing the Reverend Dimmesdale In
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