Important Scenes In The Scarlet Letter

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The Five Most Important Scenes in the Scarlet Letter In Nathaniel Hawethorne’s The Scarlet Letter, five scenes stand above the rest in the entirety of the book. Each of these scenes focusing on one of the main characters, Hester Prynne and her daughter, Pearl, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth, who’s real name has never been revealed. In order of occurrence, the scenes which have been deemed most important include, Hester on the scaffold holding Pearl as an infant, and Roger Chillingworth visiting Hester while she is still in the prison being two examples. Another being what many would consider the climax of story is when Dimmesdale stands on the scaffold with Hester and Pearl in the darkness. The final two being Dimmesdale and Hester’s meeting in the forest, and the day upon which Arthur confesses his sins and passes on. Though these are all strictly opinion, they are key points in the novel. The first scene worthy of being considered one of the most important is where it all begins; Hester’s journey to the scaffold and her time spent there with her infant child in her arms. This is where the main protagonist is being introduced. When being described, she “was tall, with a figure of perfect elegance on a…show more content…
First, Hester’s time spent on the scaffold, alone with her three month old child, then shortly after when Roger Chillingworth tends to her and Pearl while she is still in the prison. A third important scene being Dimmesdale, Hester, and Pearl on the scaffold in the darkness with a red letter ‘A’ blazing in the sky above them. Next, is Hester and Arthur’s meeting in the forest where they share plans for the future as well as a kiss. And lastly, the last moment on the scaffold where sins are revealed and forgiven as the Reverend passes away in his love’s arms. Of course there are other key points in the novel, but these are just a few major points in the
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