Saturday, February 2, 2019
Perceptions of Dimmesdale and Chillingworth in the Scarlet Letter Essay
Chillingworth and Dimmesdale Reflections of True Puritan Society18th centurys apprehension of the Puritan Society was that Puritans were a greedy community of people that lived with strict moral standards which allowed them to live in perfect harmony. However, the truth is Puritans were overly zealous whose values created paranoia and intolerance for other views. Through the characters Dimmesdale and Chillingworth who are also falsely perceived, Hawthorne suggest they are vocalisation of the dour living of Puritan decree that is hidden by the puritans tranquil and utopian outlook. commode Winthrop aimed to created Christian utopian partnership when he founded the puritan community, he failed in this goal. Even with his failure, people still thought of the society as fine and just. What he engendered instead was a community whose theology denied human organisms free will, filled with paranoia, racism, sexism and hatred of sexuality and youth. These themes are intelligibly represented in the Scarlet Letter. The hatred of youth is shown early on in the novel, when Hester Prynne first enters from the prison, This woman Hester Prynne has brought shame upon us all, and ought to die. Is there non law for it? Truly, there is, both in the Scripture and the statue-book.(199). The aged unattractive woman who makes this statement is used by Hawthorne to serve as representative for the puritans, temporary hookup Hester represents youth and sexuality. The undeserving punishment of death for the crime of adultery only further demonstrates the extremities of this so-called perfect society. While perhaps seen as Gods will that a person who commits adultery moldiness die, it is instead the governments way of controlling the people by fear and terror so that t... ...ore it would be released free, which he then delivered the great sermon yet. The puritans economic status increased as less(prenominal) and less free will was granted, basically proving along with Dimmesdale, as corruption increases in religious figures or people they gradually better themselves, Dimmesdale in his sermons, while the Puritans in their economic status.Through the characters Dimmesdale and Chillingworth, Hawthorne reveals the true nature of Puritan society through parallels among the three. All threes hidden evil is wrapped by each of their perfect appearances. Chillingworth exhibited the Puritans benefit of the dubiety they received because of their relation to worship, while Dimmesdale presented the fact that corruption fuels the association with religion and as corruption within someone or something increases, so does a person or peoples betterment.