Summary Of ' The Scarlet Letter '

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Mahanoor Khan
AP English, Block 5
Mrs. Schuet
26 September 2014

1. Title and Author: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn
2. Summary: A women named Hester, one of the protagonists in the novel, has committed adultery, and has a child. The townspeople believe that her punishment should be to wear the letter "A" on her clothing so she and the town can remember her sin. Her daughter name is Pearl. Hester will not reveal with whom she had the affair with. The reverend named Dimmesdale is the father of Pearl, but he hides the truth from the town, and lets Hester face the discrimination from the town alone. Hester and Pearl become the outliers in the town, but they find themselves comfortable with that. The town questions Hester 's parenting. Dimmesdale feels guilty, and tries to stop the separation of Hester and Pearl by arguing that God has given Hester Pearl to remind her of her sin. Chillingworth is Hester 's husband. Earlier in the novel, he tells Hester not reveal his identity. He pretends to be a doctor, specifically Dimmesdale doctor, because he suspects that Dimmesdale is the person who Hester has an affair with. In a very sneaky way, Chillingworth begins to attack Dimmesdale. Later on the novel, Hester and Dimmesdale agree to run away, but Pearl has a hard time accepting her mother without the "A" and Dimmesdale. They go ahead with the plan, and go back to the town for the next few days. Dimmesdale has a sermon, which eventually leads to his confession, and his
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