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In the 17th century political and religious persecution in England led to the pilgrimage of Puritans to America Their settlements reflected on forms of theocracy to completely unify church and state All laws resulted solely from the Bible and were highly punishable if convicted Nathaniel Hawthornes portrayal of authoritarian society in The Scarlet Letter shows his fascination and disgust with the Puritan belief system The character Arthur Dimmesdale exemplifies the outward desecration of man by guilt and sin as well as very personal views on the weakness of the Puritan culture Dimmesdale a member of Salem Massachusettss clergy must deal with his desire yet inability to admit to sin In the eyes of the townspeople Dimmesdale is one held above normal society and considered saintly It is beneath his robe and collar that Dimmesdale hides his adulterous past To the Puritans of this time sin was a lawfully punishable crime and left the convicted ridiculed through the town As Dimmesdale remains safe in his silence young Hester Prynne is consequently a figure of immorality in her confession Dimmesdale uses his position in the clergy to prevent his confession Though his eminence of superiority is obvious to those who view him he contains the guilt in his heart Hawthorne portrays Dimmesdale outwardly with emotion yet there is still his internal struggle between his conscience and peer pressure In the community strong emphasis was placed on morality As much as Dimmesdale may want to confess there is something always holding him back He uses excuses like his figure in society and his job to make it more appealing to remain silent The consequences of guilt and sin then creep up on Dimmesdale and it is soon the death of him He is overcome by his feelings and engulfed in ability to accept the guilt Dimmesdales ultimate downfall is
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