The meteor's light also shines brightly on several homes in the town. It just so happens that Hester and Pearl walk by - after just having left the governor's deathbed - and join Dimmesdale on the scaffold. Though Chillingworth appears calm and normal, he has malicious intentions. This shows that Hester is strong because she has confessed her sins, and is fine with running away. She is able to express her true concerns and emotions around him. It reveals that Puritan culture focuses strongly on leading government officials. What are his most significant physical features and what do they suggest about his personality and even his soul? She was able to embrace her sin and the scarlet letter because she was working to set an example for her daughter.
When Dimmesdale confesses, Dimmesdale takes back the control. Of course, this statement also highlight's Hester's wrongdoing of adultery. It was as if another figure had taken Pearl's role in Hester's life. What does Dimmesdale assume is the source of these temptations? What important question does Dimmesdale ask Hester? How is each character strong or weak? Again, this worship proves how heavily religion is viewed in Puritan society. The townspeople regard it as an object of scorn.
This reflection further isolates Hester from the town. Pearl defines Hester's identity and purpose and gives Hester a companion to love. At first, Dimmesdale is angry and astonished that it has taken Hester seven years to let him know of Chillingworth. After several years of this, Hester is no longer in jail and is free to move, but she stays in Boston working as a seamstress on the outskirts of town. She refuses to hide from it, but she seems to let it the concept of the letter consume her and led her to make a dress modeled after it.
This young wife contrasts the negativity with her sympathetic responses. There, anonymity can protect an individual and allow him or her to assume a new identity. This explains that Hester doesn't conform to typical Puritan beliefs. The rosebush symbolizes forgiveness from guilt throughout The Scarlet Letter. The narrator also describes Pearl as a mirror of Hester. How does Pearl interact with the other children in the village? Although she often struggles to understand Pearl's rebelliousness and devilish spirit, Hester never wavers in her loving devotion to Pearl. Thankfully, the nice minister, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, convinces the governor to let Hester keep Pearl.
He is eager to discover the real reason behind Dimmesdale's illness. She knows that it's a personal boundary he must overcome and she can neither do anything to make it better or worse. Pearl is dressed in brighter, playful attire. Set in a deeply religious time and place, the novel is centered around the concept of man's relationship to himself or herself and to a Christian God. The sexton at the end of the chapter offers an alternative meaning.
For one thing, we gain a sense of why the narrator feels the need to tell the story. Her home secludes her from the town, but still often attracts unwanted attention, especially by children. The only noticeable thing was the scarlet letter, which seemed to create an invisible force field around her. Your classmates thumb through their glossy copies, unwilling to fess up. Hester's was a vibrant scarlet while Pearl's was a modest, earthly green. In this case the narrator, despite his torpid slumber of insipid duty to job and country, has been awakened to his mission, and he accepts it, revealing to us the mystery of the letter, no matter the consequences for him and his community.
What signal passes between him and Hester? Realizing her potential mistakes, Hester wishes to correct her actions and help the one suffering, Dimmesdale. Had she chosen to confront him in his study, the two would be in close proximity of Chillingworth, an enemy to them both. What is your reaction to his reaction? The Scarlet Letter is a seminal work of written by New Englander and published in 1850. He allowed Chillingworth to be his caretaker, despite the bad vibe he gave off. Pearl wants Hester to put on the letter again because to return Hester back to the same image that Pearl remembered her by. The Characters Nathaniel Hawthorne's dark romantic novel has all of the elements for a steamy love story: a secret affair, an illegitimate child, a husband in disguise, stuffy Puritans - all pretty racy for a story taking place in Boston during the 1600s. How does his manner change once he realizes he is not alone? Pearl is seen hooking burrs onto the scarlet letter upon Hester's chest.
They believe that the timing of the meteor gives enough probable cause for them to assume that it's about them. Those who acknowledge their own sinfulness are somewhat less quick to judge Hester and can see the case for a less strict punishment by the community. Chillingworth approaches Dimmesdale in a calm, casual manner. This further develops the concept of worship that Puritans had on their religious officials. After the moving sermon, the Sexton approaches Dimmesdale with a black glove. Hester preferred to meet Dimmesdale in the open woods. Answer: Chillingworth seems forgiving of Hester at the outset, and he seems to transfer his rage onto Dimmesdale, whom he pursues relentlessly.
He rewrote it to reflect his new personality change and the conversation with Chillingworth. While on the scaffolding, Hester's mind is sent into a whirlwind of memories. Despite the malicious theory, the town still believes that the good heart of Dimmesdale will overcome any potential Devilish attempts. How are you all going to survive Mr. For a town so focused on isolating and judge Hester for her sin, they are highly dependent on her skill.