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Characterization of Arthur Dimmesdale

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Described as young, pale, and delicate.
Large, menacing forehead.
Big, sad eyes and a tremulous mouth.
Suggests a sensitive nature.
Generally solitary and avoids others.
Physical Description
Attitude
Dimmesdale is miserable. throughout most of the book
Guilt = huge theme of
The Scarlet Letter.
Dimmesdale is sick from hiding and envies Hester's outward display of guilt.
Dialogue
As a minister, Dimmesdale's dialogue is full of religious allusions.
Lots of imagery and poetic language.
Powerful sermons can affect audiences.
Name
"Dimmesdale" contains the word "dim."
Suggests weakness, uncertainty, and lack of will.
Characterization of Arthur Dimmesdale
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“He was a person of very striking aspect, with a white, lofty, and impending brow; large, brown, melancholy eyes, and a mouth which, unless when he forcibly compressed it, was apt to be tremulous, expressing both nervous sensibility and a vast power of self restraint."
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Dimmesdale also contains "dale."
Means "forest," which is considered unnatural by Puritans.
Could also refer to depth.
Initials "AD" stand for adultery.
Quote
“Were I an atheist—a man devoid of conscience—a wretch with coarse and brutal instincts—I might have found peace long ere now. Nay, I never should have lost it. But, ...all of God's gifts that were the choicest have become the ministers of spiritual torment. Hester, I am most miserable!”
Quote
"At the great judgment day ...before the judgment seat, thy mother, and thou, and I, must stand together. But the daylight of this world shall not see our meeting!”
By Connor Rudzki
Very popular minister; can move others.
Even when he makes a vague confession, he is still a "saint on Earth."
His actions (adultery) cause Chillingworth to get revenge.
Viewed by Hawthorne as weak and powerless.
Reactions of Others
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Past Actions
Most of Dimmesdale's story is about his reaction to his past.
Guilt from his affair.
Love for Hester.
Feelings from his past are shown in the forest scene.
Quote
"They sat down again, side by side, and hand clasped in hand, on the mossy trunk of the fallen tree. Life had never brought them a gloomier hour ...and yet it unclosed a charm that made them linger upon it, and claim another, and another, and, after all, another moment."
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Picture Sources
https://inthenameofmovies.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/oldman-as-dimmesdale.jpg?w=338
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http://youthvoices.net/sites/default/files/image/26037/sep/most_popular_male_names.jpg
http://jrfilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/AD-Logo.png
http://i479.photobucket.com/albums/rr151/laxbabe8d/dimmesdale.jpg
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https://artzencrafts.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/arthur-dimmesdale.jpg
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