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Dimmesdales Humble Mortality--Life is hard but accepting that fact makes it easier In this twisted story of deception and adultery set in the Puritan era Hawthorne introduces Dimmesdale as a weak and cowardly man who refuses to take responsibility for his actions By the end of the novel he has been transformed into a person who accepts his sins and the consequences before it is too late ultimately proving that love surpasses all boundaries and that one can only be human At the beginning of the novel Dimmesdale has established quite a reputation for himself In discussing individual members of the magistrate the towns people describe Dimmesdale as a God fearing gentleman but merciful overmuch 49 Due to his actions all of the people respect and look up to the Reverend Throughout the story Dimmesdale desperately tries to confess his sin by envying Hester for her courage and he states Happy are you Hester that wear the scarlet letter openly upon your bosom 188 Even at the end of the novel when finally attempting to confess people are compelled by his final sermon raving that never had a man spoken in so wise so high and so holy a spirit as he that spake this day p243 These facts proved that he was a very loved and influential man in the small town Hawthorne later portrays him as somewhat of a hypocrite His outward appearance deceives the villagers appearing to be a completely holy man However before the action of the novel begins he falls into sin by committing adultery with Hester Pryne His cowardly outlook on his sins only causes his troubles to stack up Abandoning Hester and her illegitimate daughter Pearl also latched onto his problems forcing Hester to go and find work around town an obviously hard task for a single parent He also abandons them emotionally and physically and was rarely there when Hester and Pearl needed him Innocent little Pearl
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