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Understanding the Scarlet letter

a student casebook to issues, sources, and historical documents

by Claudia Durst Johnson

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Published by Greenwood Press in Westport, Conn .
Written in English

    Places:
  • Massachusetts
    • Subjects:
    • Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864. -- Sources,
    • Historical fiction, American -- History and criticism -- Sources,
    • Literature and history -- Massachusetts -- Sources,
    • Mothers and daughters in literature -- Sources,
    • Puritans in literature -- Sources,
    • Adultery in literature -- Sources,
    • Women in literature -- Sources,
    • Massachusetts -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 -- History -- Sources

    • Edition Notes

      Includes bibliographical references and index.

      StatementClaudia Durst Johnson.
      SeriesThe Greenwood Press "Literature in context" series,
      Classifications
      LC ClassificationsPS1868 .U53 1995
      The Physical Object
      Paginationxiii, 228 p. :
      Number of Pages228
      ID Numbers
      Open LibraryOL1113190M
      ISBN 100313293287
      LC Control Number94039083

      She receives occasional letters from Pearl, who has married a European aristocrat and established a family of her own. Hester is recalling the moment when she had Understanding the Scarlet letter book herself to Dimmesdale in love. In either case, there was very much the same solemnity of demeanour on the part of the spectators, as befitted a people among whom religion and law were almost identical, and in whose character both were so thoroughly interfused, that the mildest and severest acts of public discipline were alike made venerable and awful. Yet those same bleared optics had a strange, penetrating power, when it was their owner's purpose to read the human soul. The letter "A" stands for adulteress, although this is never said explicitly in the novel. Tormented by his guilty conscience, Dimmesdale goes to the square where Hester was punished years earlier.

      He impulsively mounts the scaffold with his lover and his daughter, and confesses publicly, exposing a scarlet letter seared into the flesh Understanding the Scarlet letter book his chest. When the young woman--the mother of this child--stood fully revealed before the crowd, it seemed to be her first impulse to clasp the infant closely to her bosom; not so much by an impulse of motherly affection, as that she might thereby conceal a certain token, which was wrought or fastened into her dress. She saw her own face, glowing with girlish beauty, and illuminating all the interior of the dusky mirror in which she had been wont to gaze at it. Forman were the subjects of an adultery scandal in in England. She had dark and abundant hair, so glossy that it threw off the sunshine with a gleam; and a face which, besides being beautiful from regularity of feature and richness of complexion, had the impressiveness belonging to a marked brow and deep black eyes.

      A crowd of eager and curious schoolboys, understanding little of the matter in hand, except that it gave them a half-holiday, ran before her progress, turning their heads continually to stare into her face and at the winking baby in her arms, and at the ignominious letter on her breast. Hester agrees to Chillingworth's terms although she suspects she will regret it. When Hester dies, she is buried next to Dimmesdale. If so, Pearl is the embodiment of that passion.


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Their conversation reminds us that, as a symbol, Pearl is also the conscience of a number of people. Because of the social shunningshe spent her life mostly in solitude and would not go to church. Once again on the scaffold in Chapter 13, Pearl asks the minister to stand with them in the light of day and the eyes of the community.

Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

Chillingworth, losing his revenge, dies shortly thereafter and leaves Pearl a great deal of money, enabling her to go to Understanding the Scarlet letter book with her mother and make a wealthy marriage. But she--the naughty baggage -- little will she care what they put upon the bodice of her gown Why, look you, she may cover it with a brooch, or such like.

Furthermore, she must stand on the scaffold for three hours, exposed to public humiliation. One night, when Pearl is about seven years old, she and her mother are returning home from a visit to a deathbed when they encounter Dimmesdale atop the town scaffold, trying to punish himself for his sins.

It now represented, to some, able. Here, there was the taint of deepest sin in the most sacred quality of human life, working such effect, that the world was only the darker for this woman's beauty, and the more lost for the infant that she had borne.

Understanding The Scarlet Letter

Marry, I trow not" "People say," said another, "that the Reverend Master Understanding the Scarlet letter book, her godly pastor, takes it very grievously to heart that such a scandal should have come upon his congregation. Later, witnesses swear that they Understanding the Scarlet letter book a stigmata in the form of a scarlet A upon his chest.

Symbolism is used many times throughout The Scarlet Letter, whether it be through a person, an object, or a place. The day before the ship is to sail, the townspeople gather for a holiday and Dimmesdale preaches his most eloquent sermon ever. Governor Bellingham likens her to the "children of the Lord of Misrule," and some of Understanding the Scarlet letter book Puritans believe that she is a "demon offspring.

When Dimmesdale dies, she knows she has to move on because she can no longer conform to the Puritans' strictness. A close examination of Chapter 6, "Pearl," shows the unification of the child with the idea of sin.

In our nature, however, there is a provision, alike marvellous and merciful, that the sufferer should never know the intensity of what he endures by its present torture, but chiefly by the pang that rankles after it. He has large, melancholy eyes and a tremulous mouth, suggesting great sensitivity.

In Puritan Boston, Massachusetts, a crowd gathers to witness the punishment of Hester Prynne, a young woman who has given birth to a baby of unknown parentage. It symbolizes shame, revelation of sin, and guilt for it is where Hester received her scarlet letter as punishment and where Dimmesdale experiences his revelation through the meteor.Understanding The Scarlet Letter: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents (The Greenwood Press "Literature in Context" Series) by Claudia Durst Johnson and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at galisend.com CLAUDIA DURST JOHNSON is Professor of English at the University of Alabama, where for 12 years she chaired the Department of English.

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