leaving jail leaving garden, new identity
thrown out of garden thrown out of Puritan society
Much like Adam and Eve, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale and Hester Prynne are symbolically cast out of Paradise for their sin, forced to suffer, toil, and confront their guilt at their transgression of society's norms -- as well as their own. In doing so, they become aware of their mortality and humanity, which results in their personal growth and ability to empathize with others.
Chillingworth is consistently a symbol of cold reason and intellect unencumbered by human compassion. While Dimmesdale has intellect but lacks will, Chillingworth has both. He is fiendish, evil, and intent on revenge. In his first appearance in the novel, he is compared to a snake, an obvious allusion to the Garden of Eden.
However, just like any weak ma, like Adam in the Garden of Eden, Dimmesdale deserts his past as Minister, listening to the advice of Hester, that; "Heaven would show mercy." He flees holy punishment, which is a reminder of his...