Closure achieved through retribution. Chillingworth was seeking closure, thus why he was trying to find the man his wife cheated on him with so he could seek revenge. Dimmesdale could not find closure until he confessed his sins. As well as the closure that Hester had because her sins were already exposed.
"Happy are you, Hester, that wear the scarlet letter openly upon your bosom! Mine burns in secret! Thou little knowest what a relief it is. (181)"
Dimmesdale is talking about how Hester doesn't know how lucky she is that she doesn't have to suffer with her sin in silence. This quote helps support my theme because it shows that even though Hester and Dimmesdale sinned in the same way Hester is at peace because she had already confessed her sin while Dimmesdale was in secret anguish.
The symbol of the 'A' that was probably what was inscribed on Dimmesdale's chest as well as the 'A' that Hester is forced to wear both represent their sin of adultery that they will be forced to wear for the rest of their life.
This symbol goes with the theme because the A gave Hester solice when she wore it because she was open about her sin and this symbol appearing on Dimmesdale was the way that he was finally exposing himself of his sin and finding peace, which in this case was death.
Sin, God, Confess, Salvation, and Devil.
Sin, Less Holy, Penitence, Truth, Peace
Hawthornes word choice occurred in the order as the words are listed which started with sin and went through truth and penitence and ended with peace, insinuating the steps Dimmesdale had to go through to find peace. The word choice throughout the novel included Sin, God, Confess, Salvation, and Devil. These words occur a lot throughout the novel giving the novel a religious and strict tone of judgment.