"no man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude , without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the truth."
----Nathaniel hawthorne The Scarlet Letter
you may ponder over the title "why do Romeo bother to have a name here?". i know it is indeed very misplaced to transfor our romantic Romeo into this report, but a strong wave of feeling just keeps pushing to think of the young minister Mr. Dimmesdale as Romeo, only with much more regret and repentance,for he doesnt stand up and die for his beloved ,yet let his body and soul wane in sin .anyway , i believe it is a pretty good starter to compare Romeo with Dimmesdale , because all i am longing for is that you are intrigued.
First thing first, i would give a simple summary of this masterpiece to you .the background of this story lies in 17th century, when America is newly discovered.Mrs. Hester Prynne moves from London to this promising land , while his husband is abroad seeking knowledge and keeping her waiting for him . well ,about Hester,who is strong in charactor and intelligent in wit,can't always fit well with the puritans living massively in America.some spats and imcompatibilities are inevitable.anyways she dosent make any vatal mistakes in the first place.but, like every old story goes, love changes everything . she just falls in love with the young and handsome preist in the new land---Mr. Dimmesdale, who is very respectable and prestigious.oh , how can she resist a righteous Romeo! they both fall in love and touch the taboo.after a night of passion, Hester finds herself pregnant and fails to keep it a secret from those sophisticated and sly puritans. she is sentenced to jail .while Mr. Dimmesdale insists to reveal his sin, Hester firmly refutes it in consideration of her Romeo 's reputation and future. this is the highlight of this fiction , how a woman alone tolerate all these scandals and condemnations.Hester gives birth to her child named Pearl in Jail .As she denys to tell who the child's father is , the court cannot verdict her to garrotte which is the punishment for adultery at that time. so they deceded to enbody a scarlet letter A on her bossom which is a representive for Adultery. she wears the shame as pearl grows up .And Mr. Dimmesdale also lives in disgrace and stuggle ,most of the time the battle is in himself for he thinks he lives cowardly,leaving his beloved and daughter to suffer castigations from people, and comparing with his current situation being admired by almost all the citizens there,which renders him more abashed and agonized. when Hester's husband comes back from abroad as a well-rounded physician,he feels outraged about the scandal and is determined to break Mr.Dimmesdale down.Roger Chillingworth(the husband) maneuvers to become a sort of guadian of priest Mr.Dimmesdale whose health condition looks very worrisome to people hoping this old and experienced phisician can manage to drag him out of Satan's hand.on the contray, Mr.Chillingworth poisons Mr.Dimmesdale as his body gets weaker and weaker. In the end, on the scaffold,Mr. Dimmesdale holding both Hester and Pearl's hands,reveals the truth and dies with redemption. it is a tragic story , isn't it? the cruel procecution of religion , the durance of humanity and the denigration of a innocent soul.All of these lead the question currently being asked massively------should we outlaw the morality? During Hester's time, woman would be hang if she commits adultery which nowadays is pretty much a private thing. why do they legalize morality just like Hester being punished by Puritans in this book?what role should religion play in our society? below are some of my viewpoints after finishing this novel The new land where everything should be justifiable and righteous,gives habbitants a very promising future without ugliness and sin(at least in ideal).people have high expectations to a new land or new start, especailly for those puritans sick of the corruption of Catholic.they loath cheating , stealth, extravagance and any other way of showing disgrace. in such a society, adultery is almost like a fatal sentence to a woman, and no doubt hester is used as a certain case to preserve the mighty of religion.she is a underdog, and the religion has in way too much control over humanity. About our loving Romeo, i mean Mr. Dimmesdale,as a admired figure and a repersentative of religion,how ridiculous is this, that he violates the regulation and commits adultery!think , people, while the core of a belief trembles, should we still regard this belif as impeccable? hardly so! Mr. Dimmesdale is a underdog too! He and Hester both are too alone to be able to against the whole society for peole treat canons as something way sacreder than humanity. at time like that, Romeo would be disparaged for his misdeaminor to yearn for love . the effort to try to outlaw the morality is always bootless.there are too many situations that should be taken into consideration.like in this fiction, not a single charactor is purely evil or devine. people, a species capable of making mistakes , sometimes just cant control the emotions and function like a robot.I am thankful to live in a society which is far more generous that the one hester lives in.she doesnt make it with her Romeo,somehow i wish i could ,blessing under the great innocence.