Scarlet Letter. The Scarlet Letter Has Five Scenes And

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Scarlet Letter
The scarlet letter has five scenes and without them the story would not make any sense. All of the scenes either shed light on Hester situation in the puritan colony, they tell about the malice in Chillingworth 's heart, or the sorrow and forgiveness of Dimmesdale. The first scene with Hester 's punishment. The second scene is about Chillingworth 's plan that finally turns his heart to stone. The third scene when the reader learns about the connections Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth have. Also how Dimmesdale is afraid of Chillingworth. In the fourth and fifth scene Hester and Dimmesdale finally find joy and relief. One of the most important events in the Scarlet Letter is when Hester Prynne is in the marketplace …show more content…

This was a customary punishment for committing adultery if you were married in those days. Hester and the baby are back in prison but the turmoil of the day has them feeling distraught; the jailer can not get them to calm down. Chillingworth, who also was staying in the prison because he had nowhere else to stay, asks the jailer if he can give them some medicine he made saying that it will make them more “ amenable to just authority” (Hawthorne 80). At first Hester is afraid to take the medicine thinking Chillingworth is going to poison her for revenge. He tells her “ Even if I imagine a scheme of vengeance, what could I do better for my object than to let you live with the shame of the crime you committed” (Hawthorne 82). They continue to talk together and Chillingworth asks her not to reveal his true identity, because it is humiliating to be the husband of a cheater. He talks about how he is disgusted with himself for thinking that Hester could ever have loved him. He goes on to say that their two wrongs make them even, but he wants to know who the father of the baby is so he can seek his revenge. Hester does not tell him who the man is, but Chillingworth says that he will find out who he is and retaliate against him. In the third scene the reader can start to understand how Chillingworth is driving Dimmesdale, who was the man Hester committed adultery with, insane. It also shows

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