Title

Dimmesdale and Hooper: Copy and Paste or Unique Characters?

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Chloe GranberryFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

English Literature

Minor

Information Studies

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Dr. Gina Claywell

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Nathanial Hawthorne, the author of The Scarlet Letter and "The Minister's Black Veil," is known for his dynamic characters and complex symbols. Arthur Dimmesdale, with his self-inflicted scarlet letter, and Pastor Hooper, with his black veil, are two of Hawthorne's more well-known characters; Hooper is often thought to be a rough draft of what would become Dimmesdale. But are they really that similar? Although Dimmesdale and Hooper have significant similarities in their confusion of the doctrine of Christianity, their strong connection to symbol, their isolation from their own community, and their role as pastor over a congregation, the implementation of these elements in the two texts and the approaches of the two men are quite different.

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Dimmesdale and Hooper: Copy and Paste or Unique Characters?

Nathanial Hawthorne, the author of The Scarlet Letter and "The Minister's Black Veil," is known for his dynamic characters and complex symbols. Arthur Dimmesdale, with his self-inflicted scarlet letter, and Pastor Hooper, with his black veil, are two of Hawthorne's more well-known characters; Hooper is often thought to be a rough draft of what would become Dimmesdale. But are they really that similar? Although Dimmesdale and Hooper have significant similarities in their confusion of the doctrine of Christianity, their strong connection to symbol, their isolation from their own community, and their role as pastor over a congregation, the implementation of these elements in the two texts and the approaches of the two men are quite different.