Dimmesdale: Someone from Above or Below

Some people believe that a novel?s central character can be identified within the first few chapters of a novel. This could be no further from the truth when it comes to the Scarlet Letter. The Scarlet Letter?s main character is noticed in the first chapters as Arthur Dimmesdale, the man who is responsible for the scarlet letter ever happening. Dimmesdale denies his guilt about the scarlet letter and ends up in an emotional rollercoaster that puts the main focus on him and his well being. If one looks at where he goes in this ?rollercoaster? I find myself seeing his links to the other characters both physically and emotionally. The bad and the good things in his emotional rants show his struggle to find purity in his life and his want to be rid of his guilty conscious. Although there are several characters that also face difficult struggles in their lives, only Dimmesdale was able to bring out the true essence that became the Scarlet Letter.
Arthur Dimmesdale is a truly essential character to the Scarlet Letter, in that without him the scarlet letter wouldn?t have been, and the novel never would have been written. He

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