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Throughout Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter it is shown that Dimmesdale conceals his sins about the adultery that he committed with Hester. This takes its toll on him both mentally and especially physically. (32 words)
The above is a perfectly acceptable introduction to a pro/con paper, though I'd rather see a more forceful opinion. Before I get to that, however, I want to address over-emphasis of plot summary and wordiness. In this case, the two problems are related.
"Divine Right of Kings"
Declaration of Independence
War of 1812
Francis Scott Key
Edgar Allen Poe
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Henry David Thoreau
American Civil War
Welcome to EL 266, "American Literature I: 1800-1915."
The course website is located at http://jerz.setonhill.edu/EL266. The printout I give on the first day of classes is only part of the information available online.
Plot Summary and "The Right Answer"
Literary Close Reading