Cont. English

posted by .

Dimmesdale is not free since he does not live with his moral code, because he is concerned with society’s condemnation. He hides his secret of adultery, which is going against his moral code of honesty. Consequently, he is unable to relieve himself of his guilt, and for this reason, he believes that “the only truth that…give[s] [him] a real existence on this earth [is] the anguish in his inmost soul” (134). As revealed, the truth is found in Dimmesdale’s burden. To be free, he needs to reveal his secret. By doing so, he is living under his moral code and as himself, and he is not keeping his “real existence” that lets him be free within himself. On the other hand, Dimmesdale makes an unsatisfying choice to live against his moral code. Because of this, he becomes worry when Hester tells him that Chillingworth is her husband. Dimmesdale panics and says, “Here is a new horror! Roger Chillingworth knows your purpose to reveal his true character. Will he continue, then to keep our secret” (179)? Because Dimmesdale still has not revealed his secret and been honest and open, his conscience is bothered that the truth will come out from Chillingworth. Thus, he is not free because he allows himself to hide his own secret and not live with his moral code of honesty. Living as he does against his moral code, Dimmesdale is ultimately left with an uneasy conscience and is not free.

Respond to this Question

First Name
School Subject
Your Answer

Similar Questions

  1. ethical issues

    What international moral code, if any, is being violated by the Bank?
  2. English

    Individuality is the sum of qualities that characterize and distinguish one person from another. This is what defines a person. Disregarding one’s individuality means not taking one for oneself. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, …
  3. Cont. Again English

    In contrast to Dimmesdale, Chillingworth does not have a moral code to follow, and because of this, he is never truly free. Chillingworth focuses his life on revenge, and he does have a sense of moral. He finds pleasure in trying to …
  4. English

    Thank you very much for your help. I tried to correct all the things I made wrong. Can you check my question and answer one more time. 1) Explain then the meaning of the word compromise applied to the Victorian way of life. (Explain …
  5. English

    I urgently need you to chech the question and the answer to it. I considered your corrections. 1) Explain the meaning of the word compromise applied to the Victorian way of life. (Explain how the word compromise applied to the Victorian …
  6. Computer Science

    Answer the following question without running the code. The procedure isMyNumber is used to hide a secret number (integer). It takes an integer x as a parameter and compares it to the secret number. It returns: -1 if the parameter …
  7. Math

    Nell made a secret code. Each code word has 2 letters. Each word begins with a consonant and ends with a vowel. How many code words can Nell make with 3 consonants and 2 vowels?
  8. Ethics

    This question refers to the ethical issue of giving organ transplants to prisoners who have been sentenced to prison for the commission of crimes. From a utilitarian perspective, which of the following is an argument against allowing …
  9. Ed Tech

    What does the code of conduct include? A. A secret code for internet users B. The conduct that should be used with a code C. A set of rules for behavior when using the internet D. A rule that tells you the code I think C Thanks!
  10. history

    In Europe, warriors of the feudalist society were referred to as knights (1). In Japan, they were known as ninjas (2). Knights were bound by a moral code known as chivalry (3), whereas ninjas followed the moral code of bushido (4). …

More Similar Questions