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In todays culture your name is nothing more than what people address you by and to most people thats all that it means to them People in todays society even change their name simply because they do not like the sound of it In the 1700 and 1800s peoples names meant much more to them It was their sign of pride and self-worth and in many cases the cleanliness of their meant more to them than life itself In Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter he uses the power of names and there worth to society to betray the characters that they are given to He shows the power that a name can have over people and how easily names can be blackened With less emphasizes on names in todays culture one does not simple pick up on Hawthornes use of names With a closer look at the personalities of the main characters the readers can see connections between their names and their personalitys The three main characters who show the most connections between their name and their personality are Pearl Chillingworth and Dimmesdale The names of these three characters strongly represent the personalities that they show throughout the bookThe first character who shows a strong resemblance between their name and personality is Arthur Dimmesdale Referred to as simple Dimmesdale for the majority of the book the minister is so overrun with guilt that he takes on a dim personality Dim is described as being not bright obscure from lack of light or emitting light This is a good description of the minister because the once bright and joyful man of the people cuts himself off and begins spending all his time with Chillingworth Not only does the personality of Dimmesdale become dim so does the spiritual side of him As the book progresses Dimmesdale feels that no matter what he does for the rest of his life he is going to go to hell With
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