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Letter Both Hester and Dimmesdale are characters in the Scarlet Letter They suffer with the guilt of the sin of adultery that they committed At the time the Puritans looked down on this type of sin Hester and Dimmesdale can be compared and contrast in the way they handled their scarlet letter their cowardliness and their belief of what the afterlife is Hester and Dimmesdale both bear a scarlet letter but the way they handle it is different Hesters scarlet letter is a piece of clothing the SCARLET LETTER so fantastically embroidered and illuminated upon her bosom Hawthorn 51 Dimmesdale on the other hand has a scarlet letter carved in his chest This is revealed when Dimmesdale was giving his revelation in which he tore away the ministerial band from before his breast It was revealed Hawthorn 232 Since the Scarlet Letter on Hester is visible to the public she was criticized and looked down on This women has brought same upon us all and ought to die Hawthorn 49 is said by a female in the market place talking about Hester She becomes a stronger person through living this hard life Dimmesdale instead has to live a life of cowardly and selfish meanness that added tenfold disgrace and ignominy to his original crime Loring 185 He becomes weaker and weaker by time neither growing wiser nor stronger but day after day paler and paler more and more abject Loring 186 Their courage is also weak The courage that those two share is quite similar in that they have none They both are afraid of the public and what the public would think of them Hester refuses to tell anyone about her real husband Chillingworth who is still alive or about her lover Dimmesdale Hester and Dimmesdale also try to take the cowardly way out when she has a chance to go to leave Boston and go to Europe Her advising
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