Essay title: The Scarlet Letter
potent interior conflicts. Reverend Dimmesdale has a problem within himself, an
unconfused sin in which he has committed. Dimmesdale is full of guilt and is starting to
become emotionally ill.
The novel takes place in Boston, Massachusetts in the seventeenth century.
Although Hester Prynne is married to a man named Roger Chillingworth; She and Arthur
Dimmesdale together conceive a Child named Pearl. Hester is then sent to prison for
committing the crime of adultery. She is standing on the town scaffold and is questioned
by the townspeople. They ask her who her secret lover is, but she continuously refuses to
give away her lovers identity. Hesterâ€™s punishment is to wear a scarlet letter on her breast
and to face public humiliation while standing on the scaffold. Chillingworth is in town
when he hears about Hesterâ€™s situation, he is then determined to seek revenge on whoever
Hesterâ€™s lover may be. Dimmesdale agonizes from a heart problem so Chillingworth
(pretending to be a doctor) moves in with him so he can provide Dimmesdale with
constant care. Chillingworthâ€™s curiosity then leads him to find a scarlet letter on
Dimmesdaleâ€™s breast. Later Hester warns Dimmesdale of Chillingworth, she tells him
who Roger Chillingworth really is. Dimmesdale and Hester then plan to go away to
Europe so that they can leave everything and start a better life with their daughter Pearl.
Four days later Dimmesdale is scheduled to preach an election sermon in front of the
town. After his very powerful and touching sermon Dimmesdale gets onto the scaffold
with Hester and Pearl. He then confesses to the town his sin and shows them the a mark
he has left on his body that resembles the scarlet letter that Hester wears. After his
confession Dimmesdale then ironically dies on the scaffold.
One of the themes.