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A Tragic Hero A tragic hero displays many specific characteristics Many of them are displayed by Arthur Dimmesdale in novel The Scarlet Letter Arthur Dimmesdale is a tragic hero because he suffers beyond the depths of despair and then comes to a moral resolution Dimmesdale is a tragic hero because he suffers for his sin He commits a sin and a crime with Hester Hester confesses her sin to the towns people outwardly and wears the scarlet letter but Dimmesdale keeps it hidden inside She is humiliated and shamed but she then feels good about herself again when the townspeople forgive her and think of her as an angel On the other hand Dimmesdale does not confess his sin It might seem that he gets away with it but he suffers much more than Hester Instead of confessing his sin he keeps it inside until it eats away at him He lives with it everyday knowing that he is not telling the truth to himself and everyone around him Chillingworth speeds up this eating away process by making Dimmesdale feel guilty about himself Chillingworth believes that Dimmesdale sickness is not physical but is caused by a sinners soul chapter 10 Chillingworth inevitably drives Dimmesdale sick and insane He has evil dreams and hallucinations Dimmesdale became a tragic hero because of suffering for what he did wrong Dimmesdale shows many qualities of a tragic hero There are many more tragic heroes in literature that shows some of these qualities There are many people in history that become tragic heroes displaying the same characteristics
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