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The Significance of the Three Scaffold Scenes in Relation to Dimmesdale Throughout The Scarlet Letter the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale is constantly battling with his need to accept and confess his sin from the first scaffold scene at the beginning of the story to the third and last scaffold scene at the end Each of these three scenes shows the dramatic changes in Dimmesdale over time physically mentally and spiritually They also show how much of a weight a sin can be on the heart and mind if not confessed In the first scaffold scene we see Hester with Pearl in her arms standing on the scaffold in front of the townspeople who have come to see her humiliation and hear Mr Wilsons sermon on sin Dimmesdale is there sharing with her their sin but not her shame He is among the other officials of the church and state above her demanding that she speak the name of her fellow adulterer This scene shows how cowardly and hypocritical Dimmesdale is and sets the stage for his eventual physical and mental deterioration By the time the second scaffold scene comes into play Dimmesdale has already started to debilitate We have seen him try to deal with his guilt but everything he does just makes him feel guiltier than ever He makes his way through the darkness to the scaffold to hold a silent vigil He cries out from the pain of his guilt and is heard by Hester and Pearl who come to him He asks them to join him on the scaffold There they stand hand in hand in the darkness Pearl asks Dimmesdale if he will stand with her and Hester there at noontide the following day but he replies that instead they would stand together on the great judgment day A meteor then flew through the sky and a scarlet A formed in the sky The final scaffold scene takes place after the
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