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Critical Analysis of the Scarlet Letter The Difference Between Hester and Dimmesdale The ways in which Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale acknowledged accepted and repented their sins were completely opposite each other Hester although she did not have much of a choice openly accepted her punishment for committing adultery She struggled with her conscience as she raised her child Pearl and dealt with being the town outcast Dimmesdale lived a cowardly life He hid behind the respect his title afforded him with the townspeople Loring 254 He would not be seen in public with Hester and Pearl but he would meet with them in the forest Hawthorne 151 and at night on the scaffold Hawthorne 111 It was only on his deathbed that he confessed to being Pearls father Hawthorne 180If he had not been near death the town may never have known the truth The same sentiments are echoed in George Bailey Lorings Hester versus Dimmesdale Arthur Dimmesdale it seemed was in a sort of denial He knew what he and Hester did but he did not confess it By having not admitted the sin out loud he may have thought that it was not real He created his own hell which he alone knew and which Chillingworth got quite close to finding But his repentance was not for his sin he hardly thought of that His was inspired by his sorrow for sin and which grows out of fear of consequences Loring 254 With each day Dimmesdale grew paler and weaker Had he sought redemption for his sin he may have grown stronger and wiser His cowardice and selfishness added tenfold disgrace and ignominy to his original crime Loring 253 Hester on the contrary bore her shame publicly On her chest she wore a bright scarlet red A embroidered by her hand and outlined in gold thread Hawthorne 44 She did not rely on anyone
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