Chillingworth is self-absorbed and both physically and psychologically monstrous. How does it feel to be Hester Prynne? Later, however, Dimmesdale thinks himself into believing that Hester has tempted him into sin.
Intuitively, the girl understands that Hester wears the A for the same reason that Dimmesdale places his hand over his heart. His commitments to his congregation are in constant conflict with his feelings of sinfulness and need to confess.
While waiting for him, she had an affair with a Puritan minister named Dimmesdale, after which she gave birth to Pearl. The narrator is a rather high-strung man, whose Puritan ancestry makes him feel guilty about his writing career.
You may go now. We can make it up as we go. Dimmesdale is an intelligent and emotional man, and his sermons are thus masterpieces of eloquence and persuasiveness. Hester, on the other hand, returns years later and lives the rest of her days bearing the mark of the scarlet letter. Prynne, a physician who has just now returned to Boston.
Hester also becomes a kind of compassionate maternal figure as a result of her experiences. Read an in-depth analysis of Roger Chillingworth. The fact that she has an affair also suggests that she once had a passionate nature. For example, she quickly discerns the truth about her mother and Dimmesdale.
He is much older than she is and had sent her to America while he settled his affairs in Europe. She is forced to wear a scarlet-colored A on her clothes to mark her as an adulteress.
Hester is passionate but also strong—she endures years of shame and scorn. Although he will not confess it publicly, he is the father of her child. Your classmates thumb through their glossy copies, unwilling to fess up. In this scene, however, Hester is the only other person who knows this, and Pearl speaks to her father, unaware of his true identity.
It is the extraordinary circumstances shaping her that make her such an important figure. Her alienation puts her in the position to make acute observations about her community, particularly about its treatment of women.
Hester convinces Dimmesdale to run away with her and Pearl so that they can start over together as a family. Hester moderates her tendency to be rash, for she knows that such behavior could cause her to lose her daughter, Pearl. Later, it will be revealed that Dimmesdale himself is the father.
Noticing the increasing frenzy, the class clown tries to calm everyone down: Read an in-depth analysis of Hester Prynne. The doctor sees the wound, but chooses not to treat it.
She bears these criticisms well. How are you all going to survive Mr. He lost the job injust before his beloved mother died.
Read an in-depth analysis of Pearl. We read that she married Chillingworth although she did not love him, but we never fully understand why.The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a classic which is the main reason I chose to read it. But, besides being a classic, it is also a very good book, and I enjoyed it immensely, though the ending was disappointing in that it was a little vague as to the fates of some of the characters.
The Scarlet Letter study guide contains a biography of Nathaniel Hawthorne, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. Although The Scarlet Letter is about Hester Prynne, the book is not so much a consideration of her innate character as it is an examination of the forces that shape her and the transformations those forces effect.
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