Dimmesdale confesses his sin to his congregation and then dies. Even thus much of truth would save me! It signifies many things throughout the story. For The Town The A is actually a mark of adultery, sin, and it is used to brand Hester as an adulteress. It was a time of women starting to make their voices heard on a large scale, as the first women's rights convention was at Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. O, I could reveal a goodly secret! The first, and often the only, thing that other characters notice is the evidence of her guilt. Let's take a look at some quotes that reveal more about Dimmesdale's character.
Soman Chainani, August 15, 2007, and Adam Kissel, ed. Dimmesdale becomes so worn down that he is dying. If she be all tenderness, she will die. In Puritan society, adultery was not seen merely as a matter between the two parties but as a breach of contract between those individuals and the community. It is hypocritical because he claims to love her, but he wants to keep that love secret. But the daylight of this world shall not see our meeting! Representing herself as a rose bush, readers learn that, although represented as a weird and devilish child, Pearl is actually on the side of good. Dimmesdale avoided the public shame that Hester experienced and, while he seemed grateful that Hester did not expose his identity, he did not feel compelled to share her shame, or, more importantly, provide Pearl with a father.
It was with fear, and tremulously, and, as it were, by a slow, reluctant necessity, that Arthur Dimmesdale put forth his hand, chill as death, and touched the chill hand of Hester Prynne. But at this point Dimmesdale still believes that this will never happen in life, only when they face God after death. Is wearing the scarlet letter worse than being secretly persecuted? Whither leads yonder forest track? The sun always shines on Pearl though, as she is an innocent and pure child, albeit born from sin. The rosebush has been described as being surrounded by weeds. It is also highly symbolical, as it brings the essence of Pearl's character. Instead of being seen as an individual, Hester has become nothing more than a walking symbol of her crime. After Hester refuses to give up the name, Chillingworth claims that he won't seek revenge as long as Hester doesn't tell anyone that he is her husband.
But Hawthorne was moving minds to agree that if adultery was a crime, it was a crime of the heart that need not be punished by society, since it had its own consequences in the guilt, shame, and suffering accompanied by personal indiscretion. Other dark colors like black and gray symbolize dullness, gloom, and the Puritan way of living. Without an enemy to torture, Chillingworth dies within a year and leaves everything to Pearl. In the brook beneath stood another child-another and the same-with likewise its ray of golden light. The book still resonates, in that there still is a conflict for women between their sexuality and society's moral expectations.
So strangely did they meet in the dim wood, that it was like the first encounter, in the world beyond the grave, of the two spirits who had been intimately connected in their former life, but now stood coldly shuddering, in mutual dread, as not yet familiar with their state, more wonted to the companionship of disembodied beings. Boasting to Hester, Chillingworth relates how he enjoyed torturing his patient 168. He has been conscious of me. In the end, by tormenting Dimmesdale, Chillingworth transforms himself into a sick and twisted man, a kind of fiend. He linked his decline in health to the fact that he was keeping his sin a secret.
Thou thought of him as holy. Backwards to the settlement, thou sayest! This is really how the author wants the reader to interpret this book. Should people conform or be individuals? Nathan is the prophet who acknowledges that he knows the truth about David. If he publicly confesses, he loses his ability to be effective in this regard. . Dimmesdale , whereas the mark she mentions is the scarlet letter on her chest.
But the daylight of this world shall not see our meeting! She had returned, therefore, and resumed,—of her own free will, for not the sternest magistrate of that iron period would have imposed it,—resumed the symbol of which we have related so dark a tale. They spoke with such harsh tones and the meanest of insults that the minister and Hester felt as if they were being stabbed with a knife over and over again. Although everyone holds him in high regard, he is living a secret till the end. Both Dimmesdale and Chillingworth suffer physically in the book, and their physical sufferings reflect on the state of their spiritual selves. She loves her mother, and is always trying to do things to make her happy. Finally, all other difficulties being obviated, woman cannot take advantage of these preliminary reforms until she herself shall have undergone a still mightier change, in which, perhaps, the ethereal essence, wherein she has her truest life, will be found to have evaporated. For example, Chillingworth has always been described alongside the color gray, or the word dark.
Dimmesdale's story as only an instance of that stubborn fidelity with which a man's friends-and especially a clergyman's-will sometimes uphold his character, when proofs, clear as the midday sunshine on the scarlet letter, establish him a false and sin-stained creature of the dust. He tells Hester that Dimmesdale needed him to torture him with guilt in private, for 'his spirit lacked the strength that could have borne up, as thine has, beneath a burden like thy scarlet letter. Dimmesdale tells her, 'We are not, Hester, the worst sinners in the world. Now that the minister had finally confessed and stood with her upon this very scaffold in broad daylight, she finally accepted him for what he was, her father. However, those claims have now been proven false. It was so artistically done, and with so much fertility and gorgeous luxuriance of fancy, that it had all the effect of a last and fitting decoration to the apparel which she wore, and which was of a splendour in accordance with the taste of the age, but greatly beyond what was allowed by the sumptuary regulations of the colony.
Lesson Summary Let's review… Chillingworth, Hester's husband, arrives in town after being held captive by Native Americans to find his wife on a scaffold being publicly humiliated for adultery. It also helps prevent any suspicion when he intervenes on behalf of Hester and Pearl in various community matters. The vigils he keeps are representative of this inward struggle to ascertain his heavenly status, the status of his very soul. The great scene of grief, in which the wild infant bore a part, had developed all her sympathies; and as her tears fell upon her father's cheek, they were the pledge that she would grow up amid human joy and sorrow, nor for ever do battle with the world, but be a woman in it. Soon after, Hester and Dimmesdale finally get married and the scarlet letter diminishes into nothing but a memory.
On the way home, he sees how far his defenses have been breached by evil. Helping the needy people of the society that once shunned her, her image is somewhat restored in society later on, although it may have been too late for that. While standing on the scaffold with Hester and Pearl, they close the circle, causing the mysterious light to appear in the sky. Thus, regardless of Chillingworth's desires, Hester and Dimmesdale deserve to be killed in accordance with community vengeance. The gray hats of the Puritans present in the jail, as well as the dark atmosphere of the place, are all clear symbols of heaviness, dullness, and dread.