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Arthur Dimmesdale in the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a character whose mind is torn between two desires The quarrel between Arthur Dimmesdales sense of duty and passion for his lover creates two compelling forces that drive him to the brink of insanity and a dismal death As a result of showing the anguish that Arthur must go through while making his decision between his two desires and comparing it the relief he found as he confessed his sin the author helps elucidate the theme of the novel that is unconfessed sin destroys the soul Arthur Dimmesdale has a strong sense of duty and obligation to the Puritan community He knows too well how the congregation thinks he was almost a heavenly figure and look up to him as the embodiment of righteousness and rectitude The puritans think of him with high admiration In their eyes the very ground on which he trod was sanctified pg 139 It was for this reason Dimmesdale could not disregard the puritans feelings for him for if he did he would betray his congregation and reveal himself as a hypocrite This desire kept Dimmesdale from revealing his sin and thus tearing his mind into two The other desire that Dimmesdale craved for is to openly love Hester It is evident that Dimmesdale loves Hester a great deal for they have gone against their community and committed this grave sin Dimmesdale does not want to confine his love to himself and yearns to openly love Hester Dimmesdale tries to indulge his desire by trying to confess his feelings openly in the second scaffold scene Ye both have been here before but I was not with you Come up hither once again and we will stand all three togetherpg 149 Here he tries to free himself from his burden and openly reveal his relationship but something in his torn mind keeps him from doing it his other desire
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