Why is Arthur Dimmesdale the character who holds the most guilt in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter? Use the Stephen Toulmin style of argumentation and clearly define what the character is guiltiest of. Also, identify examples of pathos, logos, and ethos, and any real world examples that apply.

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The other editors have addressed the part of your question about the appeals; so here is how your statement about Dimmesdale would work with the Toulmin model.

Claim: (This statement needs to be similar to a thesis for an essay and should be somewhat controversial). In Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, Arthur Dimmesdale struggles with more guilt than the other characters.

Data: Supply several specific examples here of Dimmesdale seeming to struggle more than Hester or Chillingworth (i.e., his physical difficulties, his questioning Hester about finding peace and admitting that he has found none). This evidence should include Dimmesdale's specific sins and a discussion of the appeals.

Warrant: (This is a broad statement that ties the claim and data together and that is generally accepted as true; many writers use warrants in their introductions and then narrow the topic to their specific thesis.)  Here's an example: Puritan philosophy focused heavily on guilt and penance and caused internal conflict for many...

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