Each of the three are living an enormous burden of sin and each reflects the inner torture inflicted by carrying around such sin in differing ways. For example, in The Scarlet LetterHester remains beautiful and composed on the outside throughout her punishment but while her body and countenance is not affected, her mind is constantly struggling with the aftermath of her sin. Chillingworth, on the other hand, seems to make peace with his status as a villain and does not appear to struggle often with the fate of his soul or his conflicting thoughts. Instead, for Roger, the effects of his sin are most clearly visible on his body.
Dimmesdale does not realize Chillingworth's motives, but he nonetheless comes to fear and abhor him. As Dimmesdale's suffering becomes more painful and his body grows weaker, his popularity among the congregation grows stronger.
Such mistaken adoration, however, further tortures Dimmesdale and brings him often to the point of making a public confession that he is Pearl's father. The minister's sermons are eloquent, but his vague assertions of his own sinful nature are taken by his parishioners as further evidence of his holiness.
Because Dimmesdale is incapable of confessing that he was Hester's lover and that he is Pearl's father — the one act necessary to his salvation — he substitutes self-punishment. He beats himself with a bloody whip and keeps frequent all-night vigils during which his mind is plagued by frightening visions.
On one such night while he is seeking peace, Dimmesdale dresses carefully in his clerical clothes and leaves the house.
Analysis This chapter and the previous one give an in-depth description of a heart "of human frailty and sorrow. Along with strong characterizations of Dimmesdale and Chillingworth, Hawthorne makes two additions to the plot in this chapter: Hawthorne's irony is evident again in the clever paradox of Dimmesdale's futile attempts at public confession.
His suffering has given him sympathies that cause him to understand the sins of others, which results in eloquent and moving sermons. The more Dimmesdale asserts his own sinfulness, the holier his congregation believes him to be.
The clergyman is aware that his inadequate confessions are being misunderstood; in fact, he is consciously taking advantage of that misunderstanding: Hawthorne ensures that readers' sympathy for Dimmesdale's suffering does not blind them to the fact that the minister is a sinner whose troubles are largely of his own making.
At the same time, the symbol of human evil, Chillingworth, appears more evil than ever in this chapter. Chillingworth, Hawthorne says, is a "poor, forlorn creature. He is becoming the personification of evil. Enoch was pure enough that he walked with God and went to heaven without having to die first.English Literature Essays, literary criticism on many authors, links to internet resources and bookshop.
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