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The Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale is a main character in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and is a Puritan Puritan Society was a theocracy and therefore the bible was a strict guide to Puritan life and is interpreted very literally In this novel Dimmesdale has sinned This is ironic as he is a pure God-loving Reverend He sinned against Hester and the townspeople he sinned against God and sinned against himself His sin against himself led to his eventual death at the end of the novel In the novel Hawthorne wrote He thus typified the constant introspection wherewith he tortured but could not purify himselfHawthorne 100 This quote refers to the vigils Dimmesdale kept Dimmesdale was a selfish and hypocritical man but he redeemed himself in the end by confessing However he is still the most sinful character throughout the novel and this is shown by his character personality behavior thoughts how he is perceived and how I perceive him Despite his sin his appearance was very normal and typical to that of any Puritan man in the beginning of the novel Reverend Dimmesdale was fairly ordinary in appearance He was a young clergyman who had come from one of the great English universities bringing all the learning of the age into our wild forest-land He was a person of very striking aspect with a white lofty and impending brow large brown melancholy eyesHawthorne 46 But beneath this body there was a secret Although Puritans are in the relentless pursuit of and strive for moral perfection Dimmesdale was one who failed in this attempt for he had sinned His sin was adultery and his partner who committed this with him was Hester Many feared Hesters husband was dead due to his long absence from the town Dimmesdales sin is not stated directly in the novel However one can ascertain it based on the hints in the book Dimmesdales sin of adultery with Hester
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