Homework Help

How does Dimsdale feel about his role as the much-respected minister in the community...

user profile pic

betsy06 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 9, 2008 at 9:56 PM via web

dislike 1 like

How does Dimsdale feel about his role as the much-respected minister in the community and why doesn't he thrive amid the people who admire him?

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

cldbentley | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted November 9, 2008 at 11:56 PM (Answer #1)

dislike 1 like

Dimmesdale feels himself to be a hypocrite while serving as minister; he has committed a sin in having a child with Hester (adultery, etc.), and cannot forgive himself for doing so. Dimmesdale cannot thrive in his community because his guilty conscience plagues him without mercy. Were Dimmesdale able to forgive himself, he would not suffer as he does.

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes