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Title: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne


1
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Photo of Old State House, 1870, from the
Bostonian Society
2
What were the two purposes of Hawthornes essay
The Custom-House?
  • Depict his enemies as idiots
  • Be the prologue for The Scarlet Letter

3
The Scarlet Letter is Americas first
  • True psychological novel

4
Describe Hester Prynne.
  • Beautiful
  • Loving
  • Loyal to love
  • True to herself

5
Describe Roger Chillingworth.
  • Hesters husband
  • Sends her ahead to the New World
  • Motivated by revenge
  • Using a fake name

6
Describe Arthur Dimmesdale.
  • Hesters lover
  • Loving
  • Guilt-ridden
  • Eventually finds courage to stand up for love

7
Describe Pearl.
  • Hester Dimmesdales daughter
  • Name shows her as symbol of overcoming adversity

8
What is Hesters crime?
  • adultery

9
What is Hesters punishment (three parts)?
  • Jail time
  • Stand on scaffold for a day
  • Wear scarlet (red) A on chest for ever

10
Who advocated mercy for Hester?
  • Dimmesdale

11
Why hasnt Hester seen her husband in a long time?
  • Two years ago, he sent her alone to the new world

12
Explain the symbol of the rosebush outside the
prison.
  • The beautiful rosebush outside the ugly prison, a
    place of pain, symbolizes Hester who is a bit of
    goodness and beauty in this bleak Puritan society.

13
How do people treat Hester after her release from
prison?
  • They wont talk to her
  • They still buy her beautiful embroidered items.

Photo by Aimee Ray
14
What does Chillingworth want?
  • To find out the name of Hesters lover
  • To get revenge on Hesters lover

15
What do Hester and Dimmesdale plan to do? How
does Chillingworth try to ruin their plans?
  • They are going to take a boat to England.
  • Chillingworth books passage on the same boat.

16
What is Dimmesdales triumph?
  • He delivers the greatest sermon of his life
  • He reveals that he was Hesters lover
  • He shows his self-injury to the crowd

17
What happens to Chillingworth after the big
revelation?
  • He dies within the year

18
How does Hester redeem herself and change the
symbolism of the scarlet A she has worn?
  • She nurses the sick and helps the needy
  • She is always accepting of everyone
  • The A comes to be a symbol of mercy

19
Explain the difference between sins of passion
and sins of principle.
  • A sin of passion comes from strong feelings, like
    love
  • A sin of principle is a coldly calculated
    violation of someone elses soul

20
What is a romance and how is it different from
a novel?
  • A romance is a prose narrative that deals with
    its subjects and characters in a symbolic,
    imaginative and non-realistic way
  • A novel is realistic a romance is not
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