I know that he hits himself becuase of guilt, but what are some acts that are connected to shame that is different than guilt?
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Answered by Aslan
I think that Dimmesdale is shamed internally while Hester is being shamed externally. The more Hester is shamed by the town, the more Dimmesdale feels shame inside. Dommesdale's guilt and shame overlap and comsume Dimmesdale inside.