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More Than Just Words

"'What can a ruined soul, like mine, effect towards the redemption of other souls?--or a polluted soul towards their purification?'"
~page 175 of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

It almost seems as if this section of the book is one that Hawthorne knowingly or unknowingly uses to teach a lesson. I'm not referring to the above quote in the way that the character Dimmesdale means but rather what comes from it--Hester reassuring him that he has repented. Dimmesdale still feels so guilty about what happened years ago that he cannot seem to forgive himself. Just because he made one mistake does not mean that he can no longer do good. There are several references in the book to how the people look up to him.

Comments (1)

Heather Mourick:

I found it to be very entertaining that he felt so impure through the entire story, but so many people looked up to him and relied on his good faith to keep them away from evil.
He may have admitted his sin to God, but no one else knows of it, which is why he still feels so overburdened, in my opinion.

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