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Dying By The Struggle Essay

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Everyone has lied at one point in their life, people typically lie because it is hard for them to admit their wrong doings and are scared or embarrassed. This goes to show that their bravery has not yet built up. For example, if Dimmesdale had mustered up his fear and bravery, he could have stood on the scaffold with Hester and Pearl upon questioning Hester.
Dimmesdale is known as a holy figure in the community who wants to be true to everyone but yet he does not reveal the truth that is hidden in his heart. He urges to tell everyone that he is the father of Pearl but dwindles on this thought because he did not want it to affect his reputation. Throughout the novel Dimmesdale tries to ...view middle of the document...

Her husband, Roger Chillingworth is a noble scholar who becomes the doctor of Dimmesdale. She finally meets her long lost husband in the jail where she had stayed. They two talk and Chillingworth becomes curious about her partner and demands to know who is it but Hester does not speak. Then they two make a compromise about Chillingworth's identity “I will keep your secret, as I have kept his”. As time passes, Hester sees a change in Chillingworth, she mentions that he has become more sinister in appearance and in the mind. When they two meet again along the shoreline, she says that she was lying to the one man that had been true to her “And yet he does not know the real you. By allowing this to happen, I have surely been untrue to the only man that I have the power to be true to!” and struggles to become her true self and not tell Dimmesdale the news earlier. She now starts to feel remorseful upon following this compromise with Chillingworth and says “If I had pointed my finger at this man, he would have been thrown from his pulpit into prison—and perhaps from there to the gallows!, “It would have been better that way!”. If Hester followed her heart over her head she would have saved Dimmesdale from all of his sufferings that was caused by the guilt. Overall Hester exemplifies the the imbalance of the two sole characters, Chillingworth and Dimmesdale.
Roger Chillingworth was a scholar and an intelligent man “I,—a man of thought,—the book-worm of great libraries,—a man already in decay, having given my best years to feed the hungry dream of knowledge” who later abused his knowledge into something dark and evil. After Hester refused to reveal who the...

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