Chillingworth is a forbidding presence. Even his name reflects his haunting, ice-cold aura. Throughout the book, Hawthorne explores themes of legalism, sin, and guilt. Throughout all of that time, he reverts to self-punishment in the form of fasting, consecutive, sleepless vigils, and relentless studying of the Bible. As a matter of morals, we would expect them to side with the cuckolded husband, if they knew his true identity.
He commits the sin of adultery, and by sleeping with Hester Prynne, breaks the laws that he is supposed to represent. Dimmesdale began to fall into a downward spiral struggling with the constant digging at his soul by Chillingworth, the disbelief of his sin by the people, and his constant inability to be able to tell the truth. So how did this upstanding pillar of the community end up fathering a love child? The scaffold is the place that Dimmesdale shows the amount of pain and self-loathing he is truly capable of concealing. Dimmesdale never figures out that his strongest enemy is the man whom he considers his only friend and physician. One of the most significant writers of the romantic period in American literature was Nathaniel Hawthorne. He attended Oxford, where he was a respected scholar. His extreme fear of someone discovering his secret and losing his high status is just one way Hawthorne manipulates the characters to make the novel more didactic rather than a stream-of-consciousness.
Pearl senses that things have come to a head, that Dimmesdale will soon confess and that there will be a reckoning for him that will set them all free. Did he carve it into his own chest? But it is not enough. Hester is shamed and alienated from the town, Hester becomes very independent. Is there not shade enough in all this boundless forest to hide thy heart from the gaze of Roger Chillingworth? Since she refuses to name her lover, Dimmesdale escapes public punishment. Yet, he seems to retain the unconscious desire that if he can somehow capture Dimmesdale's spirit, he will be able to gain Hester's love and allegiance. One night he decides that there might be a way for him to overcome his anguish, and he softly leaves his house. At one point in the story, Dimmesdale goes to the scaffold by himself, in the dead of the night.
Hester's relationship with Chillingworth, her actual husband, contrasts sharply with her relationship with Dimmesdale, her lover. The reader senses that whether chosen or earned, Dimmesdale's salvation is a reality. This confession also in front of his loyal followers, who had stood by him without a clue of his guilt. Perhaps he believes that if he stands in the same place Hester did, he can find some degree of peace without having to publicly confess. His body refuses to do what his heart says is right. He starves himself, denies himself sleep, and whips himself, but nothing makes him feel better.
Dimmesdale fails to realize that Chillingworth is in fact his enemy. There is also the possibility that it is a stigma, in both senses of the word: as a symbolic mark of disgrace and as an actual mark that magically appears on the body. Dimmesdale is continually trying to see who he is. As the story progresses, the evil began to become a part of Dimmesdale and grew inside his personality like an incurable disease. Before Reverend Dimmesdale even had problems or stress and anguish, Reverend Dimmesdale preached to the people of Salem with all of his heart and might. Nathaniel Hawthorne is one author who mastered the skill of using symbols effectively.
As readers, we rarely slow down and really scrutinize the works of novels. Many characters go through transformations in The Scarlet Letter, and one of those characters is Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale. Hester is an average female citizen who is married to a Roger Chillingworth from Europe while Dimmesdale is a Puritan minister from England 61. And, that thou mayst live, take off this draught. He gives one last sermon, his best yet, after which he climbs the scaffold again. When Hester tries to make her stop, she takes several burrs and arranges them on the scarlet letter, to which they stick.
He first denies his sin, then he unwillingly accepts it, and finally he overcomes it. As a sinner, he is weakened to temptation. Nathaniel Hawthorne and Arthur Miller both wrote about these conflicts. By sending yonder dark and terrible old man, to keep the torture always at red-heat! In the long run, Dimmesdale has not the strength of Hester Prynne or her honesty. The Character of Dimmesdale in The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, provides us with intricate characters to analyze and evaluate. Yet at the same time, Dimmesdale secretly punishes himself for his sin by fasting and whipping himself. However, a common characteristic of all people is to hide their sins in secrecy.
Moments after his confession, he dies in Hester's arms. Guilt can change a person by making them hate themselves and believe that they are at fault. Moments after his confession, he dies in Hester's arms. Chillingworth is self-absorbed and both physically and psychologically monstrous. In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne provides his audience with a real sense of the consequences of unconfessed sin, isolation from society, and the presence of evil everywhere. At this point, there are no more secrets, in this triangle of sin. Although Dimmesdale knows he has sinned and he tries to redeem himself to Hester and become a better person.