The Scarlet Letter Journal Entries

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The Scarlet Letter assignment

#1 – Chapter 2, pages 6-7: I used the Visualize the Scene category. I can see Hester Prynne emerging from the prison. I can see that she is ladylike, tall, and beautiful. I can see her in a beautiful dress with the A embroidered on it walking through the crowd with her head held high and a baby in her arms.

#2 – Chapter 3, pages 13-16: I used the Ask a Question category. Who is this man who has come into the town with the Indian? Why does he question a townsman about Hester Prynne? Why is one shoulder higher than the other? Why does he mention that heathens held him against his will? Who are the heathens?

#3 – Chapter 4 – pages 26-27: I used the Clarify Something category. Oh, I get it! This stranger who has come into town is Hester Prynne’s husband! He has been in the wilderness where he learned some medical practices from the Indians who were holding him against his will. They had a loveless marriage and he was much older than her and had a deformity.

#4 – Chapter 5 – page 34-35: I used the Clarify Something category. Now I understand that Hester Prynne was allowed to provide embroidered articles for important people and that her needlework was on display on the clothing of the Governor, babies, and dead people. In contrast, she was never been asked to embroider a veil for a bride because of the nature of her sin.

#5 – Chapter 6, pages 43-44: I used the Clarify Something category. This part is really saying that Pearl was strong-minded and wild spirited. Hester did not discipline Pearl like other parents of that time period. Hester did not use the “rod” to discipline Pearl as a “wholesome regimen for the growth and promotion of all childish virtues.” Hester stepped aside and let Pearl be her own person.

#6 – Chapter 7, pages 56-57: I used the Make a Connection category. I understand that Hester and Pearl’s images were distorted in their reflection in the polished armor. Hester’s “A”...
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