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What is guilt We all have guilt about something Maybe forgetting something lied about something or even did something that shouldnt of been done In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne we saw guilt fester in the minds and outward appearance of the main characters Hester Prynne Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth When you hear the word guilt what do you think it means Guilt means remorseful awareness of having done something wrong or of having failed to do something required or expected Does that sound about right Guilt is something everyone has Its this mental manifestation that lets us know when we did something wrong but no one knows it yet Guilt is very powerful Some people after awhile give in to this guilt and confess what they did In The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale commit a great sin Because of this great sin it causes them immense guilt and sadness though out the rest of the book One of the main characters that is affected the most is Arthur Dimmesdale Dimmesdale handles it in a different way though to him its more of a concealed sin A example of this is It may be that they are kept silent by the very constitution of their nature Or - can we not suppose it - guilty as they may be retaining nevertheless a zeal for Gods glory and mans welfare they shrink from displaying themselves black and filthy in the view of men because thenceforward no good can be achieved by them no evil or the past be redeemed by better service Dimmesdale also has another reason for his concealing he wants to remain silent so that he can continue to do Gods work as a minister Hester Prynne handles her guilt in another way Instead of worrying about it day after day and letting to fester she makes it outward At
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