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Character Analysis of Arthur Dimmesdale The Scarlet Letter is a story of characters that have to live and deal with the effects of sin in different ways Of these characters the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale is the character portrayed as the most weak and unnoble Despite this portrayal Dimmesdale was a stronger character than given credit for His unbelievable amount of control in his way of handling his burdens displays his great sense of strength and intellect We first see Dimmesdale portrayed as a nervous and sensitive individual Despite his outer appearance inside Dimmesdale is a very stable strong person Chapter Three states that he showed nervous sensibility and a vast power of self restraint While this seems to give Dimmesdale great strength it is also his largest flaw His body refuses to do what his heart says is right Dimmesdale instructs Hester to reveal the truth but when she refuses he doesnt have the willpower to confess himself Therefore his sin becomes even larger than hers because while hers is an exposed sin He continues to lie to himself and his followers by keeping his secret hidden so his is a concealed sin 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 The scaffold is the place that Dimmesdale shows the amount of pain and self-loathing he is truly capable of concealing He realizes that he is as much at fault for Hesters torment as any common villager if not even more so Seven years prior Hester stood in this place and took the punishment for both of them while he quietly stood aside and led people to believe that he also condemned her During those long seven years he made no move to lessen her load or his own Now
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