The Scarlet Letter Study Guide
The Scarlet Letter study guide contains a biography of Nathaniel Hawthorne, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
Hester is being led to the scaffold, where she is to be publicly shamed for having committed adultery. Hester is forced to wear the letter A on her gown at all times. She has stitched a large scarlet A onto her dress with gold thread, giving the letter an air of elegance. Hester carries Pearl, her daughter, with her. On the scaffold she is asked to reveal the name of Pearl's father, but she refuses. In the crowd Hester recognizes her husband from Amsterdam, Roger Chillingworth.
Chillingworth visits Hester after she is returned to the prison. He tells her that he will find out who the man was, and he will read the truth on the man's heart. Chillingworth then forces her to promise never to reveal his true identity as her cuckolded husband.
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- Summary and Analysis of Chapters 9-12
- Summary and Analysis of Chapters 13-16
- Summary and Analysis of Chapters 17-20
- Summary and Analysis of Chapters 21-24
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1. What has been revealed to Chillingworth through his discovery? 2. How does Dimmesdale's congregation view him? 3. How does Dimmesdale attempt to reveal his sin? 4. What does Dimmesdale do t get the town to see him admitting his guilt? Does it work? 5.Chapters 11 and 12.
PLEASE answer these questions numbered, if that isn't too much to ask. Thank you!