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The Reverend Dimmesdale's Projection's of Truth in The Scarlet Letter

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K.C. Satterlee p-3 12/13/02 The Reverend Dimmesdale's Projection's of Truth in The Scarlet Letter Good versus evil, moral versus immoral, though each corresponding word contains a different connotation, the comparisons as whole entities are essentially equal. Hawthorne in The Scarlet Letter creates an allegory by using his character, Reverend Dimmesdale, to define the human condition, and the imperfections with which all humans inherently struggle. In Dimmesdale's case, he struggles with his sense of responsibility to tell his sin to the town's people, who he believes depend on his pure and righteousness being. He further battles with his human awareness, which makes him acknowledge that if he reveals the secret to the town, the consequences will be disastrous to himself. ...read more.


This corresponds to Hawthorne's theme, which narrates forces of human nature react opposingly and seem to obtrude in the face of those who are faced with the dilemma, and in the Reverends case, the choice of whether or not to tell his loving dedicated town that he he is someone who they believe him not to be. The silent majority in Hawthorne's mind eventually over rules his all too human foible. Roger Chillingworth's jealousy motivates him throughout the novel to drill into Dimmesdale's head the guilt of his immoral act. But he doesn't do it in a direct obvious way, he nurtures Dimmesdale's own hatred of himself thereby doubling its potency. ...read more.


This is also true for Dimmesdale because he focuses only on his fault for a period of time, but as the story comes to a climax, he begins to bring Hester back into his life, and only then does he gain enough courage to testify his secret. "The elders, the deacons, the motherly dames, were like importance that he should make trial of the physicians frankly offered skill. Mr. Dimmesdale gently repelled their entreaties." We can clearly see that Dimmesdale's own people actually helped bring the counterproductive person into the Reverend's life. This further describes theme of defining the human condition. It not only shows through in the individual, but as a whole unit which then has ironic effects. Thus, we see the Reverend as a representation which is essential in relating the theme to the reader. ...read more.

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