It is ironic that Hester, who openly wears the Scarlet Letter as a symbol and confession that she is a Sinner, is freed from the inward destruction of her sin; Dimmesdale, a minister who openly represents Goodness, is the real Sinner, failing to confess and claim Pearl as his daughter and suffering both inward and outward deterioration from his double sinfulness. The story opens as the town is gathered in front of the prison, waiting for Hester to be placed on display for public scorn as punishment for having committed adultery. How does it function in the novel? In the eyes of the Puritan society, the A Hester wears on her chest shows she is a disgrace to the community. By degrees, he discovers that Dimmesdale is that man. His name is Roger Chillingworth. In a moment of weakness, he and Hester became lovers.
One thing that we, as people, need to learn to do is to not let our own feelings and prejudice cloud our vision of the truth. Try reading some example essays that dissect various themes in The Scarlet Letter. As for the website we were to visit I learned numerous facts about the scarlet letter. She had returned, therefore, and resumed,-of her own free will, for not the sternest magistrate of that iron period would have imposed it,-resumed the symbol of which we have related so dark a tale. At last, I was stunned by the fact that Nathaniel Hawthorne had economic difficulties despite him writing The Scarlett Letter and it being well known Jonathon Lenett Period 1 In chapter 17 page: 96 it say that '' They both knew that it was time to talk about the past, but they began by chatting about the weather and other small talks''.
Now that you have some examples and ideas, you can confidently write your analysis. His commitments to his congregation are in constant conflict with his feelings of sinfulness and need to confess. To me the protagonist of The Scarlet Letter is Hester because she's the main character and the whole story is basically about her punishment and the reasons why she kept Pearl's father a secret for 7 years even though she wanted to tell that person that he was her father she just didn't know how because through the biginning of the story it states that Hester refuses to say who her husband is or even respond to any question's that have to do with that topic. They all have their own agendas, and they all succumb at one point or another to human desires and fallacies. This scarlet letter is his mark! There is happiness to be enjoyed! How have these changes been foreshadowed in previous chapters? As the story unfolds, though, this letter comes to mean other things to Hester and for the people of the town. Your name could induce trepidity of a feral nature with a quiet whisper, or inspire valor as it is howled to the stars.
Most clearly, he uses all his power to break down and destroy the heart of Mr. Hester is portrayed as a very strong women, dealing with what she did and accepting the punishment for what it was. One of the many interesting facts is that Nathaniel Hawthorne was an anti-transcendentalist; therefore, he rebelled against the philosophy that man is basically good. He decides that her public humiliation is torture enough and decides to find her lover and take revenge on him—which he does. Emanuela Verardi P-1 My dialectical journal was taken from chapter 19 page 220. The most obvious and renowned, as it is in the title, is the scarlet letter Hester wears upon her breast. She is in between a sinner and a heroine because whichever way she moves, there is bound to be a sacrifice so some vital part of herself, either her honor or her deepest need.
Not only was Chillingworth a villain to Dimmesdale, but he creates the obstacle of Hester keeping quiet about his and her relationship. So how do you identify the themes in The Scarlet Letter, and which one do you choose to write about? So who is the antagonist in The Scarlet Letter? Dimmesdale's problem is solved when he confesses publicly upon the pillory where Hester stood. Use examples from the text to provide evidence. Visual symbols are also used through the novel to explore and analyze his heart of blackness. While Hawthorne might have began the story with Hester, he switches to focus on Mr.
The author asks the reader to look at Hester from distinct viewpoints. The future is yet full of trial and success. It can mean anything, and your choices sculpt and mold this malleable illustration of yourself. As the reader comes to strongly suspect Dimmesdale is the father, the tension increases, as the reader wonders if Chillingworth has made the same realization, or if Dimmesdale will keep his secret. But he Is also not Indifferent to the child.
What is the irony of Reverend Dimmesdale's public confession of sinfulness in Chapter 11? This is Ironic because Hester mentioned how she signed the Black mans book once before, and what she meant was her sin of adultery. What are some other symbols you noticed while reading the novel? Both women went against traditional beliefs and stood by them. It would be like giving ones dignity for a piece of jewelery now a days. We learn that he hides a 'bloody scourge' in his closet. Instead of trying to convert them or judge them, he instead learned their ways. Throughout the novel The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses several key symbols to represent the major themes in the book. The forest was a way to be by yourself and do what ever you wanted to.
Puritan churches did not require residents to be full members of the church. I went in feeling prepared and confident. Also, now I have realized that it is true when it says that Dimmesdale eventually becomes the center of the book. The entire story is based around Hester. A scourge is a kind of whip used for hitting people. Look back at the character assigned to you. And while the Puritans view all sins as being equally bad, The Scarlet Letter puts forth a different notion.