I am having trouble finding direct characterization examples and indirect characterization examples for Arthur Dimmesdale in The Scarlet Letter.

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The introduction of Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale into the story of The Scarlet Letter comes through an indirect characterization as well as a direct characterization. Characterization reveals the traits, values, beliefs, appearance, etc. of a character. Indirect characterization reveals these things through dialogue or actions or reactions to events or other characters. Direct characterization reveals these things through a narrator who states directly that a character has specific traits, beliefs, etc.

When Reverend Wilson--the "eldest clergyman of Boston," is speaking to Hester in Chapter 3--makes references to Dimmesdale, these references tell readers that Dimmesdale had been Hester's clergyman,...

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