Mr. X Essay Clues: The Scarlet Letter

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Mr. X clues essay

In chapter three of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne there are clues that point to the father of Pearl, or Mr. X. The first of these clues or details was the fact that when John Wilson asked Reverend Dimmesdale if he was going to be the one to determine the fate of Hester Prynne, or if Wilson himself was going to have to determine Hester Prynne’s fate, Dimmesdale hesitated. He didn’t want to be the one to determine Hester’s fate because he feared what Hester’s response would be and feared that she would give him up as her lover.

The second clue or detail that reveals Mr. X’s identity is when Dimmesdale is asking Hester to reveal who her fellow sinner is, he does it in a soft, kind tone. “The young pastor’s voice was tremulously sweet, rich, deep, and broken.” He wasn’t demanding like Wilson and Governor Bellingham would have been. Others in the story probably perceived this as him just being sincere because he was her reverend/minister, but it was because he was hoping she wouldn’t give him up as her “fellow-sinner and fellow-sufferer.”

The third clue or detail that reveals Pearl’s father’s identity is when Dimmesdale gets up to ask Hester to reveal her secret he bends his head and says a silent prayer. He says this silent prayer for himself and Hester because he is her fellow sinner and is hoping and praying that she wouldn’t tell anyone that it was him. He is afraid that Hester will tell everyone that he is her lover and also Pearl’s father. He is also afraid of having to determine Hester’s fate when he could easily end up with the same fate if Hester reveals that Dimmesdale is her “fellow-sinner and fellow-sufferer.”

The fourth clue or detail that leads to Mr. X’s identity is when Hester refuses to reveal the name of her fellow sinner/adulterer; Dimmesdale holds his heart in relief and drew back with respiration, relieved and happy that Hester did not reveal that he was her fellow sinner/adulterer and lover. Also, in the...
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