History Literature / TheScarletLetter

28th Jul '15 3:02:21 AM Sensemaker
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Dimmesdale does participate in the public shaming of Hester and at that time pretends to try to persuade her to reveal the name of her lover. Read the first chapter if you do not believe me. However, when I looked at the book again, I found that you are right in that Hester's ostacism is to a large extent a self-chosen act on contrition. I have changed the text to match this fact.
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20th Jul '15 10:30:18 PM Oddstar6
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20th Jul '15 10:25:00 PM Oddstar6
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Dimmesdale is not pretending to want Hester to expose the name of her lover. He very clearly really does want her to reveal that he is the one. He just isn't strong enough to come forward until the end. He also does not ruin Hester's life: her sentence was only to wear the scarlet "A" for one hour. She chose to keep wearing it out of her own sense of guilt. Likewise, she chose to continue living as a quasi-hermit long after the rest of the community was more than willing to accept her back in. Furthermore, Dimmesdale is not responsible for forcing Pearl to live as a poor pariah. Pearl is picked on by the other children for being a bastard, but having Dimmesdale acknowledge her would not stop that. And it is Hester who makes the decision to live on the outskirts of society when the rest of the community is willing to take her back.
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20th Jul '15 10:15:13 PM Oddstar6
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