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The Scarlet Letter - Dimmesdale Analysis Character Analysis : Dimmesdale Dimmesdale is one of the most intriguing characters in The Scarlet Letter. I think this because he demonstrates in this story that he is a coward, and that he is strong, yet not courageous. Dimmesdale proves that he is a cowardice individual many times in The Scarlet Letter. He does this by not admitting his sin. Dimmesdale had many opportunities to admit his sin and get …

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…had been with Hester and that he was the father of little Pearl. Also, in the book, it states that Dimmesdale “showed nervous sensibility and a vast power of self restrain”. While self-restraint gives Dimmesdale strength, it is also his biggest flaw. Overall, Dimmesdale is a good person. He is just lacking the ability to be courageous enough to admit his sin to the world. Although he was strong, it ended up being his demise.