But these punishments are done in private rather than in public and do not provide the cleansing Dimmesdale seeks and needs.
His past suggests that he is probably somewhat aloof, the kind of man who would not have much natural sympathy for ordinary men and women. There is no doubt that he is devoted to God, passionate in his religion, and effective in the pulpit.
If he publicly confesses, he loses his ability to be effective in this regard. Notice the "chilliness" of his name. His congregation adores him and his parishioners seek his advice. Hawthorne writes, "He had begun an investigation, as he imagined, with the severe and equal integrity of a judge, desirous only of truth, even as if the question involved no more than the air-drawn lines and figures of a geometrical problem, instead of human passions, and wrongs inflicted on itself.
Once he comes to Boston, we see him only in situations that involve his obsession with vengeance, where we learn a great deal about him.
Chillingworth is self-absorbed and both physically and psychologically monstrous. For Dimmesdale, however, his effectiveness betrays his desire to confess.
His congregation expects him to be above other mortals, and his life and thoughts must exist on a higher spiritual plane than others. Page Number and Citation: His soul aside, he does do good works.
He knows his actions have fallen short of both God's standards and his own, and he fears this represents his lack of salvation. The more he whips himself, the more eloquent he is on Sunday and the more his congregation worships his words. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
His single-minded pursuit of retribution reveals him to be the most malevolent character in the novel. Since God created the soul and infused it in the human body, salvation is predestined. The men tease Pearl, calling her a demon-child Chillingworth treats Dimmesdale and soon the two move in together.
As a sinner, he is weakened to temptation. I could recall one instant of peace or hope, I would yet endure, for the sake of that earnest of Heaven's mercy. Sin and agony have enabled the intellectual scholar-minister to recognize and empathize with other sinners.
The townspeople say that she barely seems human and spread rumors that her unknown father is actually the Devil. Such helpfulness was found in her,--so much power to do, Chillingworth, looking like an "arch-fiend," urges Dimmesdale to get down from the scaffold Hawthorne says, "there was a fascination for the minister in the company of the man of science, in whom he recognized an intellectual cultivation of no moderate depth or scope; together with a range and freedom of ideas that he would have vainly looked for among the members of his own profession.
As Dimmesdale states, "There is no substance in it [good works].
Sin and agony have enabled the intellectual scholar-minister to recognize and empathize with other sinners. He also has the principal conflict in the novel, and his agonized suffering is the direct result of his inability to disclose his sin. Read an in-depth analysis of Pearl.
On the way home, he sees how far his defenses have been breached by evil.
Unlike Dimmesdale, his junior colleague, Wilson preaches hellfire and damnation and advocates harsh punishment of sinners.Roger Chillingworth, unlike Hester and Dimmesdale, is a flat character.
While he develops from a kind scholar into an obsessed fiend, he is less of a character and more of a symbol doing the devil's bidding. The introduction of Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale into the story of The Scarlet Letter comes through an indirect characterization as well as a direct characterization.
Characterization reveals the. A list of all the characters in The Scarlet Letter. The The Scarlet Letter characters covered include: Hester Prynne, Pearl, Roger Chillingworth, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, Governor Bellingham, Mistress Hibbins, Reverend Mr.
She must wear the scarlet letter A on her body as punishment for her adulterous affair with Arthur Dimmesdale, the town minister. Hester is married to Roger Chillingworth, but while Hester awaited her husband's arrival from Amsterdam, she met Dimmesdale and engaged in the adulterous affair, which led to Pearl's birth.
Dimmesdale, the personification of "human frailty and sorrow," is young, pale, and physically delicate. He has large, melancholy eyes and a tremulous mouth, suggesting great sensitivity. After Dimmesdale dies, we don't see what happens to Chillingworth.
But we do get the feeling that, eventually, he realizes that he's done some bad things. Giving his fortune to Pearl feels a lot like an apology and a confession.Download