FC: Arthur Dimmesdale by Bryce, Karly, Mehdi & Brandon 4A
1: It's significant because it shows foreshadowing because he doesn't question Hester anymore after she refuses to answer. He’s hiding something. Also it's the first scaffold scene which is significant. | “She will not speak!” murmured Mr. Dimmesdale, who leading over the balcony, with his hand over his heart, had awaited the result of his appeal. He now drew back, with a long respiration.
2: It’s significant because it shows Dimmesdale sin and guilt. Those biblical stories are about adultery which was Hester’s sin, so Dimmesdale obviously has something to do with it. | “The walls were hung with tapestry, and at all events, representing the Scriptural story of David and Bathsheba, and Nathan the Prophet”
3: This is where Hester has her Scarlet A and he always grips it whenever he sees her or feels guilty. It shows he’s connected to Hester and her sin, but also that he feels really guilty inside. | “Gripping hard at his breast as if afflicted with an importunate throb of pain.”
4: It shows he’s feels so guilty about his sin, that he thinks the grass wont even grow on his grave because he will be buried with his sin. | ”When poor Mr.Dimmesdale was thinking of his grave, he questioned with himself whether the grass would ever grow on it, because an accursed thing must there be buried!”
5: It shows God recognizes Dimmesdale's sin, now that he has revealed it and accepted it. It shows God knows and Dimmesdale will be punished for it. | “.. The minister, looking upward to the zenith, beheld there the appearance of an immense letter, - the letter A."
6: It shows Dimmesdale understands he and Hester can never be together, even in the afterlife, and they must accept their punishment for their sin. There love can never be because of it. | “When we violated our reverence each for the other’s soul,-it was thenceforth vain to hope that we could meet hereafter, in an everlasting and pure reunion.
7: It shows Dimmesdale change and how he’s going to start a new life and reveal his sin. The old sermon reflects the old him. | “Then, flinging the already written pages of the Election Sermon into the fire”
8: Dimmesdale is young, pale, and physically weak person. He's ill so he looks weaker and more fragile by the day. He's a educated minister and praised by everyone in the Puritan community. His sin that he keeps inside takes a toll on his body. He feels really guilty about not admitting to his sin that it make him ill and causes him to question everything about him. His sin is basically killing him. When he finally admits to his, he dies.
9: The rules and morals of the Puritans affect Dimmesdale greatly. He is a holy and praised minister so he has a reputation to keep up. If he were to admit to his sin, the community would treat him the same they did Hester. They would take his position and title away, which he loved a lot. By not admitting to his sin though, it caused him to feel great guilt and pain in his heart. He has the burden of his sin and the Puritan rules he has to follows.