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Student Nguy7877n Th7883 Thanh H7857ng Class 02G Student code 0271119 The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne Question Do you think that Dimmesdale suffers more than Hester in the consequences of their sin Why or why not Give your explanation Being sinners of adultery both Hester and Dimmesdale - the two main characters in the famous novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - receive the punishment in different ways and have to endure much suffering in relation to their guilt However Dimmesdale seems to be much more affected by the guilt than his partner First of all Dimmesdales hidden sin and guilt cause more suffering than Hesters open ones When standing on the scaffold with the ignominious letter on her breast with the sin-born infant in her arms Hester has to face the shame of her sin and also the ridicule of the community She therefore has nothing else to face in the public and after that punishment she can go on with life without worrying about the past In contrast Dimmesdale her fellow-sinner carrying the burden of the hidden sin is always disturbed by the anxiety and fear of his sin being discovered Another element contributing to the ministers greater sorrow is his zeal for God Since Hester has to suffer an unhappy obligatory marriage her true love with Dimmesdale seems to be the most meaningful in her life And it is really a consolation to her that she has loved and devoted wholeheartedly to that love Therefore her guilt complex is partially reduced and is not as strong as her partner In this very pious minister exists not only earthly love for a woman but first and foremost a love for God God - faith of his life - leads the way to his mind and soul His succumb to the temptation of an inadmissable love refers to the betrayal of God Ironically he himself destroys his strong faith What could
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