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The Character Within Whether one can accept it or not, inside all of us, there is good and there is evil. In the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, this idea exposes itself in three of the main characters. Throughout the novel, Hawthorne uses the symbols of light and dark to depict good and evil among the characters Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth. Hester is an outcast, but shows her light side by remaining kind to others, while her darkness shows as the sunlight cannot find her. In the novel, Hawthorne states, “It is our Hester, the town’s own Hester, who is so kind to the poor, so helpful to the sick, so comfortable to the afflicted!” (149). She is outcast and hated by the citizens of Boston for …show more content…
The light side of Dimmesdale breaks free at the end of the novel when he speaks to Pearl asking, “Dear little Pearl, wilt though kiss me now? Thou wouldst not, yonder, in the forest! But now thou wilt?” (Hawthorne 233). Dimmesdale had just revealed himself as the fellow adulterer of Hester to the townspeople. Accepting his sin in front of everyone pleases Pearl and she kisses him setting Dimmesdale free from himself. This shows huge improvement to Dimmesdale when earlier in the novel, he would not accept his sin showing his dark side, as Pearl states, “In the dark night-time he calls us to him, and holds thy hand and mine…but here, in the sunny day, and among all the people, he knows us not; nor must we know him!” (Hawthorne 209). Here, Dimmesdale cannot accept what he had done and ruin his reputation. Inside it eats him alive though, until he finally confesses. Dimmesdale lets his darkness consume him for most of the story, but in the end he shows his light side, confesses, and is …show more content…
Even though Pearl was not his child, Roger still cared for her. Leaving all of his estate to the child, created through adultery by his own wife, shows a strong light side of Roger concealed by his usual devilish ways. These ways are described when Hester asks Roger, “Art thou like the Black Man?” (Hawthorne 71). Evil and revenge has consumed Roger enough to make him comparable to the Devil himself. From here on out Roger becomes more and more evil until it consumes the old him completely. Roger starts out with a light side that darkness comes to

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