A quote that expresses Dimmesdale's guilt in "The Scarlet Letter" comes when he stands with Hester and declares "Behold me here, the one sinner of the world!" Next, he opens his robe and reveals the mark on his own chest.
Throughout "The Scarlet Letter," Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale carries a secret, as he is the one who committed adultery with Hester Prynne. While Hester is made to wear a scarlet letter "A" on her chest, Dimmesdale hides his own complicity. In the end, eaten up with guilt, he confesses to the crowd and shows them the mark on his chest. It remains unclear precisely what the mark looks like and whether it was put there by God, by the devil or by Dimmesdale's own hand.Learn More
There is no one single "moral" in the book "The Scarlet Letter," though there are several themes that include looking at morality through sin and knowledge, the human condition, identity, society and the nature of evil itself. There are also several motifs throughout the book, including civilization versus the wilderness, evocative names, night versus day and of course, the symbolism of the scarlet letter.Full Answer >
An example of personification in "The Scarlet Letter" is the line "addressing the whole human brotherhood in the heart's native language." This is personification, because the heart does not speak. Another example is a passage that describes roses offering beauty to people coming to and from the jail. However, the flowers are not able to perform the act of offering, much as a person would be able to.Full Answer >
Some of the most important quotations from Nathaniel Hawthorne's gothic romance novel, "The Scarlet Letter," make use of figurative language, such as Pearl's observation in Chapter 16 that the sunshine "runs away and hides itself" from her mother. She goes on to say that the sun does not flee from her, because she wears nothing on her breast yet. The implication is her belief that sin, represented by the scarlet letter, is inseparable from maturity.Full Answer >
The word "declamation" comes from the word declaim and means to make a formal speech. It is a noun that originated around the year 1550.Full Answer >