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The Effects of Sin Upon Arthur Dimmesdale Hawthorn shows sins of several different kinds in numerous people as well as the consequences and remedies of their sins Three main characters Hester Prynne Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth bare the most of these sins Arthur Dimmesdale however bares the most brutal effects of such sin This is due to several reasons The most observable reason for his eventual breakdown is the fact that he keeps his sin a secret Arthur Dimmesdales sin was the same as Hesters except he never confessed As Gods servant it is his nature to tell the truth so the years of pretending and hypocrisy were especially hard on him Bloom 28 Dimmesdale also believes that his sin has taken the meaning out of his life His lifes work has been dedicated to God and now his sin has tainted it He feels that he is a fraud and is not fit to lead the people of the town to salvation His secret guilt a much heavier burden than Hesters since he must hold it all within himself This also reveals Dimmesdale weakness Arthur wanted desperately to admit his sin to the world which is shown throughout the book The earliest incident was when he was asked to question Hester on the scaffold as to who the father of her child was I charge thee to speak out the name of the thy fellow-sinner and fellow sufferer Be not silent for any mistaken pity and tenderness for him for believe me Hester though he were to step down from a high place and stand there beside thee on thy pedestal of shame yet better were it so than to hide a guilty heart throughout life Hawthorne 67 In this speech Dimmesdale is pleading for her to tell the name of the father and fellow sinner not just for the other leaders sake but for his own He
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