He’s a hypocrite (and we’ll get more into this in a second).He publicly shames Hester even though he’s the “other man.” Dimmesdale earns the respect of the public by denying his own sin while condemning Hester’s.Instead of acknowledging Hester’s very public sin (adultery, which the whole town knows about), the story delves into the private sins of Chillingworth and Dimmesdale.
Instead of revealing what he knows, Chillingworth lives with Dimmesdale and torments him.
But don’t feel too badly for Dimmesdale—he suffers a huge sin of his own.
She’s publicly shamed and forced to wear an A on her clothing, so everyone knows her as the adulteress. As the story continues, she begins to form her own identity.
Hester is a mother and an independent, strong woman.
You kind of root for him because he’s a much nicer guy than Chillingworth, but he’s living a lie. The Scarlet Letter shows just how dangerous living a lie can be.
The entire community respects Dimmesdale—he’s a great orator, and he helps people when they’re in trouble.In the end (spoiler alert), both Chillingworth and Dimmesdale die— showing the reader that their sins were the ones deserving death sentences, not Hester’s act of adultery.For a thesis statement, I might write the following: In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne explores the theme of sin in Hester Prynne, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth.If you’re anything like me, you probably read through The Scarlet Letter the first time and wondered how on earth colonial Puritans could possibly be relevant to your life today. Analyses of themes are important because they can make a story like The Scarlet Letter relatable even though you don’t live in a Puritan village. I’ll also show you an example thesis statement, so you can create an A-worthy opening for your essay. Even though a story may be set in a time period you cannot relate to, the idea behind it can be timeless. Some themes will be more obvious to you than others, so choose a theme that you can support with plenty of evidence from the text. I’ll give you a few themes you can use as examples for your own essay.Although it seems at first that Hester has committed a serious sin—adultery—it is Dimmesdale and Chillingworth who are the true sinners as they are consumed by the sins they commit.Hypocrisy in The Scarlet Letter is shown through Dimmesdale.”The story opens with Hester being publicly shamed for committing adultery.And while the Puritans view all sins as being equally bad, The Scarlet Letter puts forth a different notion.Beauty, in every form and aspect, is regarded by the general population as the eighth deadly sin.This becomes strikingly evident throughout the examination of Hester’s plight.