Having stood face to face against her community's rage and hatred, she is changed. This is the only moment of pride for Dimmesdale throughout the entire book. It is this latter group, which argues that Dimmesdale meant to deliver a lesson on sin and was not confessing to any actual wrongdoing, that reestablishes the old ways. There can be, if I forebode aright, no power short of the Divine Mercy, to disclose, whether by uttered words, or by type of emblem, the secrets that may be buried with a human heart. Now the leaders of the community exhort Hester to disclose the name of her fellow sinner. As he nears the scaffold, he calls for Hester and Pearl to help him up the stairs and asks them once again to stand beside him.
The three scaffold scenes bring great significance to the plot of the Scarlet Letter. However, the interpretative process as Hawthorne presents it in The Scarlet Letter is complex, and the link between feeling and understanding is far less direct than it may seem at first sight. But he also triumphs over the evil that has overwhelmed him as he publicly confesses his part in Pearl's birth. The main characters transform the scaffold from the exposition to resolution. I profess, I have never seen the like, since my days of vanity, in old King James' time, when I was wont to esteem it a high favor to be admitted to a court mask! It represents humiliation, then insight, and finally redemption for Hester and Dimmesdale, but for Chillingworth, it symbolizes birth of sin, growth of sin, and ultimately consummation by sin. She was attired in her ordinary clothing with Pearl by her side as always.
One last time a new scarlet letter is supposedly revealed on his chest. Women in the crowd pass harsh comments on her, but Hester is resolute. Chillingworth pleads for this so that he can still torment the reverend. His penitence, however, lacked an audience. The scaffold transforms Hester, Dimmesdale, and Pearl from isolated sinners into a united family. After his Election Day sermon, Arthur Dimmesdale is seen mounting the platform and asks Hester and Pearl to join him.
Pearl returns to Europe and marries into an aristocratic family. Hester comes to realize the poor state in which Dimmesdale has borne his guilt, and resolves to lend him her strength, which has served to uphold her throughout the years of her public shame. She stood there in quiet defiance, refusing to reveal to the multitude before her who the father of her child was, and in this the reader sees a picture of a woman scorned and fearing for the life of herself and her child, but bearing the scrutiny of all with a calm defiance. However, when a woman named Hester Prynne is placed on the scaffold for adultery, Dimmesdale does not publically confess his involvement in her sin. Also, the scaffold scenes unite the book because Hawthorne can place all four main characters into the same situation, yet have them each play a different role, thus each character is affected in a diverse, but related way. People crowd around her with their gaze fixed at her bosom. Mathiessen, is built around the three scenes on the scaffold of the pillory.
Each scene illustrates the importance of the scaffold behind them with many potent similarities and differences. The story takes place in a puritan community in Boston, Massachusetts in the 17th century. He tells Pearl that they will stand together before the throne of judgment after death. The cycle of their ignominy was expressed throughout The Scarlet Letter by these scenes. He gave her in requital of all things else, which ye had taken from me. In this final scaffold scene, all the symbols and characters are once again present: the Church and State, the world of evil, the scarlet letter, the punishing scaffold, and a symbolic kiss.
This time, although the townspeople are not present, they talk about the scarlet A in the sky throughout the next day. Pearl opts out of this binary altogether, finding a home in a place where the social structure is well established and need not rely on a dogmatic adherence to rules in order to protect its existence. I charge thee to speak out the name of thy fellow-sinner and fellow-suffered! Many years later, Hester suddenly returns alone to live in the cottage and resumes her charity work. Wilson all are developed convincingly. The similarities continue with a revelation of another scarlet letter. In the first scaffold scene Hester Prynne is depicted standing alone while clutching her baby. Also illuminated in the darkness is the fiendish face of Roger Chillingworth.
She stood there in quiet defiance, refusing to reveal to the multitude before her who the father of her child was, and in this the reader sees a picture of a woman scorned and fearing for the life of herself and her child, but bearing the scrutiny of all with a calm defiance. A mortal man, with once a human heart, has become a fiend for his especial torment! Dimmesdale is even so bold as to ask. His shriek awakens Governor Bellingham and Mistress Hlibbins, but neither of them sees him on the scaffold. This is exactly what Hawthorne says of his own symbol: They averred, that the symbol was not mere scarlet cloth, tinged in an earthly dye-pot, but was red-hot with infernal fire, and could be seen glowing all alight, whenever Hester Prynne walked abroad in the night-time. The first scaffold scene is verbally focused upon Hester and the scarlet letter, but when dissected and viewed through an analytical lens, Hawthorne endows his audience with an amassment of other character and plot based elements. She is in an utter state of shock, and it seems as if she is trying to find a way to forget about her sins.
Dimmesdale screams in pain and is fearful that the people of the town will wake up and come see him upon the platform. Had she relented and revealed his name she might never have had to endure the humiliation of the scarlet letter. When Pearl asked him to expose his sin to the public and admit her as his legitimate child, his courage 1066 Words 5 Pages 2015 Scaffold 's Role in Scarlet Letter The scaffold, in Puritan times, was where criminals were shamed, ridiculed, and executed by the community. This scene shows Reverend Dimmesdale as a clear hypocrite and, while he constantly acts as if he wants Hester to name her lover, he secretly prays that she maintains her silence in order to keep his reputation from being destroyed. In the Puritan society, where this novel is set, public shame is a source of entertainment.