Day 5

The Scarlet Letter Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    How does Dimmesdale die?

    Although Dimmesdale does die on the scaffold, it is not through execution. He physically collapses after his confession. It is implied that he was weakened by the poisons and by the sickness of his soul.

  2. 2

    Why do you think Hester is said to have lived a life full of charitable work? What can you infer about the rest of her life from what you know of her character and situation at the end of the narrative?

    Perhaps she feels the need to repay her debt of sin by helping the poor and the sick, but more likely she has turned even more fully to living a Christian life of offering help to those who society sets low in its hierarchy....

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