Day 4

The Scarlet Letter Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What do you think Dimmesdale will say in his Election Sermon?

    We do not know yet what Dimmesdale's Election Sermon consists of, but we might have some ideas. It could reflect his new learning about the importance of confession and responsibility for sin, with or without including his own confession of adultery, or he could use the sermon as a chance for personal redemption. In either case, we sense that Dimmesdale is already doomed, for he has led his congregation astray too long. We see the climax on its way.

  2. 2

    What is Pearl's function in the narrative?

    Pearl, as Hawthorne pointed out, is the “moral blossom” at the center of the story. She seems to be the...

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