The Scarlet Letter

In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses several of forms of symbols in his novel. One particular part is when he compares the human eye to that of Dimmesdale character. The “human eye” is stated by giving ‘momentary relief” to Hester Prynne which belongs to Reverend Dimmesdale. The eye represents Dimmesdale gaze on Hester because it “gives her momentary relief as if half of her agony is shared”. Hester agony is shared when Dimmesdale gazes at the scarlet letter, she believes that Dimmesdale is sharing in her guilt.
Guilt is one of the strongest possible feelings a human can have. Dimmesdale begins the story as a good character, but then changes through the effects of his action. Dimmesdale’s sin is not adultery, but him not having courage to confess is adulterated. Hester and Dimmesdale share much guilt because of Pearl. Dimmesdale guilt is filled with mental anguish; Hester and Pearl is his constant reminder of his sin. He is then soon delivered to confession, but he remains silent so he can continue with God’s work as minster. In this scene I consider him as a guilty character, which was very coward of him.
“Half of her agony is shared.” Dimmesdale sees her suffering alone for a sin they have both committed. Even though they both committed adultery only Hester shines through. The letter gave her anew found pride and she uses the stares from the citizen to fuel her pride When Hester enters Governor Bellingham’s house, the bond-servant judged her as a “great lady in the lady.” The people in the community had empathy for her, because she represents for all sinners, just like God, who died on the cross for our sins.