Some people try to hide from their lying, and it is not uncommon for guilt to push someone to the absolute boiling point. I believe, in most situations, no one can escape the truth, it will always follow someone by thoughts and memories. In the novel The Scarlet Letter, the character, Hester Prynne, commits adultery with a man named, Arthur Dimmsdale. Hester is publicly shamed and left with the outcome of her daughter Pearl. The townspeople are uninformed that Dimmsdale also committed the sin, he is left unharmed and with a guilty conscience.
Pearl is definitely the main that will not allow Hester to escape the reality of her sin. Hester is often reminded of the scarlet letters meaning by her daughters statements and questioning.
“Mother,” said little Pearl, “the sunshine does not love you. It runs away and hides itself, because it is afraid of something on your bosom. . . . It will not flee from me, for I wear nothing on my bosom yet!” (Hawthorne 175).
Pearl, like most children, is observant to things that people usually do not see. She notices the absence of light in her mothers life because of the scarlet letter. Pearl seems to believe that she too, will one day wear something like the scarlet letter.
Dimmsdale is not a stranger to the truth, his enormously guilty conscience will not allow him to forget it.
“Yet some men bury their secrets thus,” observed the physician.
“True; there are such men,” answered Dimmsdale. “But, not to suggest more obvious reasons, it may be that they are kept silent by the very constitution of their nature.” (Hawthorne 130).
Here Dimmsdale suggests that the reasoning for a man to keep silent about something, is because they are not courageous enough to do so. He is of course taking this from his feelings about hiding the truth.
“Or-can we not suppose it?-guilty as they may be, retaining…to there own unutterable torment, they go about among their fellow creatures looking pure as new fallen snow, while there...