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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Contains some of the most interesting and lively characters I have read of The author gives you the impression that these people were real making you feel happy angry sad or whatever the author wanted to get across The one character that I choose to write about is Arthur Dimmesdale and his name portrays his image in general ADimmesdale is a minister in the local church and preaches sermons regularly He had an affair with Hester Prynne and felt guilt and would not admit to his sin In order to justify for what he has brought on to Hester and Pearl his daughter he decides to take punishment into his own hands and deteriorates his physical and spiritual condition The author describes Dimmesdales actions with a tone that reveals this self induced punishment as an evil ritual 1 His Sin a He committed adultery 2 Self-induced punishment b It was a psychological punishment that he could not live with Hester He to whom only the outward and physical evil is laid open knoweth oftentimes but half the evil which we look upon as a whole and entire within himself may after all be but a symptom of some ailment in the spiritual part Pg 151 Par 3 c It was a physical punishment that he whipped himself d He refused to admit No- not to thee- not to and earthly physician cried Mr Dimmesdale passionately and turning his eyes full and bright and with a kind of fierceness on old Roger Chillingworth Not to thee But if it be the souls disease then do I commit myself to be the one Physician of the soul He if it stands with this good pleasure can cure or he can kill Let him do with me as in his justice and wisdom he shall see good But who art thou that meddlest with this matter- that dares thrust himself between
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