Analyze and explain how Hawthorne uses this chapter to convey Dimmesdale’s internal conflict and foreshadow his fate.
Book: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne — Chapter 20: The Minister in a Maze
Based on pp. 97–98, how did being in the forest seem to change Dimmesdale?
He is now torn between hope and guilt.
He believes he has lost his mind and it is all a dream.
He is eager to confess his sin to his parishioners.
He is healthier and has more hope for the future.
Describe Dimmesdale’s internal conflict as developed in this chapter. Describe using evidence from the text.
Is Dimmesdale moving closer to or further away from redemption for his sin? Explain using evidence from the text.