Hester seems to still possess an affection for Dimmesdale, even with the corrupt influence of Chillingworth. Four years have gone by, and Hester's position in the community has changed: She has been given credit for bearing her shame with courage, and her life has been one of purity since Pearl's birth. Chillingworth said that the town was recently debating whether or not to let hester remove the scarlet letter. Diction and syntax often contribute to the tone of a work. Even if your final assertion is that the novel depicts a cruel, repressive, and therefore harmful society, acknowledging and responding to the counterargument will strengthen your overall case. Here had been her sin; here, her sorrow; and here was yet to be her penitence.
Did you notice any contradictions or ironies? Hester tells him that the letter cannot be removed by any human, only god can remove it. But her hesitation was only for an instant, though long enough to display a scarlet letter on her breast. The reader may choose among these theories. Nathaniel Hawthorne Symbols Symbolic imagery is used when physical objects represent broader, more abstract ideas. They see all the wonderful things that she has accomplished from wearing the scarlet letter. She shows a growth of intellect and knowledge of her mother. He fears that the time will be coming soon and his guilty conscience gets the better of him.
Yet, because Puritan doctrine elevated faith and predestination over good works, no amount of good deeds can counteract sin; one must be ranked among the chosen. Finally, always keep the overall effect in mind. . Some authors deliberately leave gaps in their works, leaving readers to puzzle out the missing information. The Transcendentalists believed in the power of the human mind to shape and determine experience.
This usually happens at or very near the end of your introduction. The narrator states that Mr. Something that is harmful or damaging Benevolence - charitableness, goodwill; an act of kindness Acquiesence - reluctant acceptance of something without protest Semblence - actual or apparent resemblance Character Traits and Development Hester Prynne - In chapter 13, Hester feels responsibility for the embodiment of the A in her being, and expresses her remorse for committing the adulterous affair by serving the community. If still alive she must now have been in the flush and bloom of early womanhood. Hawthorne includes this action to draw a parallel between Hester and Dimmesdale: Hester wears the scarlet letter on her heart while Dimmesdale puts his hand on his heart a traditional gesture of honor. Quotes or quotations do not lose their universality whatever the circumstances or times may be. Hester and Dimmesdale live in a Puritan community, emphasizing the purification of the church and society through a strict reading and application of Christian doctrine.
They think that their chosen punishment for her, the scarlet letter, has effectively humbled her as planned. Dimmesdale also asks Hester what should he do because now he doesn't know what to do. This detailed description is describing the location Mr. Hester and Dimmesdale have committed adultery and suffer because of their actions. The story of the scarlet letter grew into a legend. The Custom House narrator has also seen his share of hypocrisy and judgment. Setting: The entire chapter takes place on a sandy beach where Hester encounters Chillingworth of confrontation.
It was to teach them, that the holiest amongst us has but attained so far above his fellows as to discern more clearly the Mercy which looks down, and repudiate more utterly the phantom of human merit, which would look aspiringly upward. Summary—Chapter 14: Hester and the Physician Hester resolves to ask Chillingworth to stop tormenting the minister. Some affirmed that the Reverend Mr. Women, more especially--in the continually recurring trials of wounded, wasted, wronged, misplaced, or erring and sinful passion--or with the dreary burden of a heart unyielded, because unvalued and unsought came to Hester's cottage, demanding why they were so wretched, and what the remedy! Puritanism began in England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1558-1603. The literary movement known as Transcendentalism flourished during the 1830s and 1840s, primarily in Massachusetts.
According to these highly-respectable witnesses, the minister, conscious that he was dying--conscious, also, that the reverence of the multitude placed him already among saints and angels--had desired, by yielding up his breath in the arms of that fallen woman, to express to the world how utterly nugatory is the choicest of man's own righteousness. A work may have many themes, which may be in tension with one another. In the Macbeth example above, think about the different contexts in which knives appear in the play and to what effect. Body paragraphs are like bricks: each individual one needs to be strong and sturdy or the entire structure will collapse. Finally, at the end of the chapter Dimmesdale wants to give up. The angel and apostle of the coming revelation must be a woman, indeed, but lofty, pure, and beautiful, and wise; moreover, not through dusky grief, but the ethereal medium of joy; and showing how sacred love should make us happy, by the truest test of a life successful to such an end.
Chillingworth is unhappy with himself because he realized he has gone crazy trying to figure out the babydaddy of Pearl. Rather, it has led her to unholy speculations—thoughts of suicide and ruminations about the unfair lot of women. Most of these questions are biblical or personal opinions. Chillingworth takes it upon t himself to take the preacher in in order to figure the cause of the problem. Elements of Story These are the whats of the work—what happens, where it happens, and to whom it happens.
He has seen judgment, condemnation, and betrayal abounding, even in the most highly decorated citizens and the most trusted public officials. She ponders about how much the child has grown and how the girl has changed in the past seven or so years. Why is Chillingworth so unhappy with himself? Roger Chillingworth represents winter in every possible aspect. Maybe you have too many ideas—or none at all. Its spell, however, was still potent, and kept the scaffold awful where the poor minister had died, and likewise the cottage by the sea-shore where Hester Prynne had dwelt. It does not mean literally that she became a corpse, but she looked so comparable to one.
There is no affection, love, or passion in her life. Some novels are narrated in a linear, chronological fashion, while others skip around in time. It shows that the he has sin and Pearl believes that he serves the devil. When Dimmesdale shows up, he is very weak and sick-looking walking throught this forest. This unhappy man had made the very principle of his life to consist in the pursuit and systematic exercise revenge; and when, by its completest triumph consummation that evil principle was left with no further material to support it--when, in short, there was no more Devil's work on earth for him to do, it only remained for the unhumanised mortal to betake himself whither his master would find him tasks enough, and pay him his wages duly. It is singular, nevertheless, that certain persons, who were spectators of the whole scene, and professed never once to have removed their eyes from the Reverend Mr. What book are you discussing? She recounts the way he looked the night of his vision and the night he was on the scaffold.