The Scarlet Letter : A Literary Exercise Of Moral Theology

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RaeAnn Lessing
Mrs. Voshell
English: Scarlet Letter essay
December 21, 2016
The Scarlet Letter Essay The Scarlet letter has many important scenes that happen along the way in the book. But there are some scenes that are more important than others. According to the article, “The Scarlet Letter: A Literary Exercise in Moral Theology”, Hester’s sin being made public must be in the beginning of this novel. The second scene is when Chillingworth goes to the prison to help Hester and her baby get better. The third scene is when the governor and some other authorities are trying to take Pearl, Hester’s child, away from her. The fourth scene is when Hester goes into the forest with Pearl to meet Dimmesdale to tell him the truth about Roger …show more content…

That the man says, “You must needs be a stranger in this region, friend….else you would surely have heard of Mistress Hester Prynne and her evil doings. She hath raised a great scandal, I promise you, in godly Master Dimmesdale’s church”(Hawthorne 69). This scene has a great importance to the beginning of this novel. This scenes tells and the reader what Hester has to deal with and how the people treated her while she was walking to the scaffold. Without this scene, the reader would not know what the people of the town said about her, and how they treated her when this all started. The second important scene in the novel is when Chillingworth goes to the prison to see Hester and her daughter Pearl. Before this scene starts, the jailer was becoming worried for Hester and her child’s safety. She was acting weird and needed someone to constantly watch her to make sure she does not hurt herself or her child. In the book it states, “After her return to the prison, Hester Prynne was found in a state of nervous excitement, that demanded constant watchfulness lest she should perpetrate violence on herself, or do some half-frenzied mischief to the poor babe”(Hawthorne 79). Chillingworth approached the jailer and said that he could examine Hester and her baby, to make sure that they were okay and that she would not hurt herself or her child. He looked at the child first and mixed together medicines to help the baby get better, but Hester refused to let him give the

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