The Scarlet Letter

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The Scarlet Letter

God does not like the sin of adultery. He does not like lying. He does not like hypocrisy.
There are two roads that one can choose. In the end, what may seem like the easy way may
have far greater consequences than the hard way. Arthur Dimmesdale chose the easy path and
learned that the pain of guilt is far greater than the pain of shame.


From the start, Dimmesdale did not want to live with the consequence of his sin. To begin
with, he must of told Hester not to tell anyone about his sin, because on the scaffold,
she will not tell anyone (pg. 64). Clearly, Dimmesdale was afraid of the justice and the
shame that would follow. He thought that if no one knew, he could continue with his life
normally. Yet, he began punishing himself secretly (pg. 133). Slowly though, the sin began
to nag at him, and he had to beat himself to sooth his conscience. This shows that he has
a conscience and that he is beginning to feel convicted. Late in the book, he finally
confesses before the town, but then dies (pg. 231-233). As can be seen by his confession,
he had the heart to change, but only then he realized that it was too late. His death
marked the effect of the poisonous sin that had accumulated in him. The Bible says the
wages of sin is death, just as repentance leads to salvation, a lesson Dimmesdale did not
learn until it was too late.


Dimmesdale is very hypocritical in how he handles the subject of his sin. For example, he
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