Analysis Of The Book ' The Scarlet Letter '

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Blake Allison

1. Title: The Scarlet Letter

2. Author and date of first publication: Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850

3. List four main characters with a one-sentence description of each. a. Hester Prynne- Hester Prynne, the protagonist and wearer of the scarlet letter, is a very independent, loving, intelligent, and at times depressed woman who is the mother of Pearl.

b. Arthur Dimmesdale- Arthur Dimmesdale, the father of Pearl, is a reverend in town who is greatly honored for being a strong church leader; however, he does not confess of his sin.

c. Roger Chillingworth- Roger Chillingworth, Hester’s husband, is a well-travelled, intelligent physician who is determined on getting revenge.

d. Pearl Prynne- Pearl
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b. Hester’s Home- Hester and Pearl live in a small cottage with a thatched roof on the outskirts of town near the waterfront. c. Forest- The forest is symbolized as the Devil’s playground; however, it is filled with huge pine trees, a brook, many creatures, and sparing sunshine that is very warming. d. The overall setting of the novel is Boston, Massachusetts in 1640-1647

6. One paragraph plot summary focusing on main events. The novel begins with Hester Prynne beginning her punishment for her adultery by wearing her scarlet letter on her bosom and standing up on the town scaffold for three hours while holding her baby, Pearl. People wish her punishment was worse and some try to get her to tell of her accompanying sinner. She sees a strange man in the distance and she later learns it’s her husband who is out to seek revenge. We continue through the story where we learn more about Hester and Pearl. Hester works as a seamstress for the rich. She takes care of Pearl who is a constant remembrance of her sin along with her letter. The readers then learn that the people want to take Pearl away from Hester but this ends up not happening after some persuasive arguing from Dimmesdale. Hester is continually kept as an outsider from the town and is viewed as a sinner. We begin to learn more about Dimmesdale and his sickness. Roger works as his physician. Dimmesdale is not really sick rather full of guilt and anguish. The reader begins
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