Why has thou not avenged thyself on me? An ordained Puritan minister, he is well educated, and he has a philosophical turn of mind. In the brook beneath stood another child-another and the same-with likewise its ray of golden light. He thought that if no one knew, he could 63. As demonstrated later, his weakened condition makes it easier for him to associate himself with the Black Man in the forest. Dimmesdale had gone into the pulpit, with a purpose never to come down the steps until he should have spoken words like the above. In the end, what may seem like the easy way may have far greater consequences than the hard way.
Hawthorne writes in a Puritan style that is simple and to the point. The longer guilt is held in the more stress builds up in a person until eventually craziness takes over. Dimmesdale was also receiving the sort of shame Hester is being put through. Here are some examples of Nathaniel Hawthorne's most familiar quotes from The Scarlet Letter. Life on it's own can also bring such inner feeling from within a person.
It runs away and hides itself, because it is afraid of something on your bosom. Dimmesdale's secret closet, under lock and key, there was a bloody scourge. Had a man seen old Roger Chillingworth, at that moment of his ecstasy, he would have had no need to ask how Satan comports himself when a precious human soul is lost to heaven, and won into his kingdom. And would that I might endure his agony, as well as mine! We all have guilt about something. Some people end up in mental hospitals for the rest of their lives because of the grip that guilt has on them. Also, it can lead a person to doing things he would not normally do.
Consequently, a person can develop many different mental illnesses from guilt. But he knew not that the eye and hand were mine! He has violated, in cold blood, the sanctity of a human heart. He knows his actions have fallen short of both God's standards and his own, and he fears this represents his lack of salvation. Consumed by his sin, he is permanently altered into an evil spirit for the acts of vengeance he has pursued. But these punishments are done in private rather than in public and do not provide the cleansing Dimmesdale seeks and needs. The child could not be made amenable to rules.
The book still resonates, in that there still is a conflict for women between their sexuality and society's moral expectations. Unlike Hester, who was able to gain the respect of the townspeople through her good deeds, Mr. Since God created the soul and infused it in the human body, salvation is predestined. Talked about in The Scarlet Letter, Dimmesdale, a man with the deepest guilt, was responsible for the moral well-being of his people. His was calculated, drawn out, and committed with malice towards both Dimmesdale and Hester for years on end.
Dimmesdale becomes so worn down that he is dying. Dimmesdale had chosen a public shame over his private guilt, he would not have suffered internally for years, and would have most likely not reached such a tragic end. Hatred, by a gradual and quiet process, will even be transformed to love, unless the change be impeded by a continually new irritation of the original feeling of hostility. Dimmesdale tells her, 'We are not, Hester, the worst sinners in the world. Dimmesdale needs this forgiveness of those who would condemn him, yet he does not even allow them the opportunity by confessing to them his sin.
Eventually, Dimmesdale's guilt destroys him. Thou and I, Hester, never did so! Dimmesdale's Guilt Dimmedale's cowardice is shown early in the novel. Dimmesdale fears that his soul could not take the shame of such a disclosure, as he is an important moral figure in society. But it was the constant shadow of my presence! I happened to place it on my breast. Any sin becomes compounded when the perpetrator does not take responsibility for it. The Scarlet Letter relates a story about sin and the many consequences of not having strength of character.
It would tear him apart inside. This implied mark on the soul is expressed in the theme of revenge in the book. Dimmesdale always held his hand over his heart as if it was in great pain. Let's take a look at some quotes that reveal more about Dimmesdale's character. This is made apparent by his many attempts to harm Dimmesdale mentally and spiritually, and more importantly his complete lack of remorse for his actions.
For the three main characters, sin has changed their original roles in society from minister, housewife and doctor, into the new roles of sinner, whore and vengeful sadist. Happy are you, Hester, that wear the scarlet letter openly upon your bosom! Should people conform or be individuals? O Hester Prynne, thou little, little knowest all the horror of this thing! In a moment, however, wisely judging that one token of her shame would but poorly serve to hide another, she took the baby on her arm, and, with a burning blush, and yet a haughty smile, and a glance that would not be abashed, looked around at her townspeople and neighbours. The mother's impassioned state had been the medium through which were transmitted to the unborn infant the rays of its moral life; and, however white and clear originally, they had taken the deep stains of crimson and gold, the fiery lustre, the black shadow, and the untempered light of the intervening substance. People, who are feeling guilty because of something they did or said, can influence how act and feel. To alleviate this ugly affect of guilt on the world, the best thing to do is to not do the guilty act in the first place; however, if people find themselves in a guilty predicament, confess the sin, ask for forgiveness, and wait for life to heal them.
Both Dimmesdale and Chillingworth suffer physically in the book, and their physical sufferings reflect on the state of their spiritual selves. In The Scarlet Letter, Red Badge of Courage, and The Crucible, the main characters all have feelings of guilt as a result of what they have done. All that dark treasure to be lavished on the very man, to whom nothing else could so adequately pay the debt of vengeance! The more he suffers, the better his sermons become. This causes him to inflict self-punishment, which later leads to his paranoia and deteriorating health. The gesture does not help Hester or Pearl in any way.