Scarlet Letter

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The Scarlet Letter
Chapter One

Character List:
Mistress Hibbins: a witch, who was bitter-tempered
Group of women: harshly discuss and criticize Hester Prynne and her sin Hester Prynne: wears a fantastically flourished gold and red letter “A” (the ScarletLetter); tall with dark hair, very pretty and lady-like, prideful and strong; has a baby Reverend Master Dimmesdale: a godly pastor Magistrate: contains governor, counselors, a judge, a general, and ministers; decided Hester’s punishment

Chapter Summary:
 
The citizens of Boston have gathered outside the prison-door. The structure is just twenty years old, there is a gloomy and old-fashioned look. A good-looking wild rose-bush is at the entrance of the prison. The narrator views the bush as a reminder of Nature’s kindness to the accused.  

Quotation Significance:
 
“It [rose-bush] may serve, let us hope, to symbolize some sweet moral blossom, that may be found along the track, or relieve the darkening close a tale of human frailty and sorrow.” (42)  
The method used in this quotation is foreshadowing. The quote sets the mood depicting that there will be human weak points and grief throughout the story. It is ironic to find a rose-bush in a such a unfortunate, sad setting. The rose-bush is stated to hopefully symbolize a sweet moral blossom or kindness to relieve human frailty and sorrow.  

Questions:
1.What did the prisoner do?
2.What is the significance of the rosebush?

The Scarlet Letter
Chapter Two
Character List:
Mistress Hibbins: a witch, who was bitter-tempered
Group of women: harshly discuss and criticize Hester Prynne and her sin Hester Prynne: wears a fantastically flourished gold and red letter “A” (the ScarletLetter); tall with dark hair, very pretty and lady-like, prideful and strong; has a baby Reverend Master Dimmesdale: a godly pastor Magistrate: contains governor, counselors, a judge, a general, and ministers; decided Hester’s punishment

Chapter Summary:
 
While people linger for the prisoner to come out, people doubt about the prisoner’s wrongdoing. The women, though, condemn Hester Prynne and say that she brings disgrace upon all the women. Someone so beautiful like Hester comes from the door, and the crowd is able to see the scarlet letter as well as the baby in her arms.  The children and adults gaze, while she walks toward the gallows. Standing on the gallows alone, she starts dreaming of her previous life in England. Hester remembers her father, her mother, and herself when she was a child. She also saw a man, who is pale, thin, and has a scholar-like visage. She comes back to reality noticing the grim faces looking at her. Hester touches the Scarlet Letter as to make sure her punishment and shame were forreal.  

Quotation Significance:
 
“It [scarlet letter] had the effect of a spell, taking her out of the ordinary relations with humanity, and inclosing her in a sphere by herself.” (46)  

 
 
Questions:
Will she be able to continuously take the criticism of the people? Where is her husband?

The Scarlet Letter
Chapter Three
 
 
Character List:
Indian: wearing native garb
Roger Chillingworth (Hester’s husband in this chapter): small, thin, slightly deformity figure, one shoulder is higher than the other; first seen wearing civilized and savage costume; disguises self as a physician; seeks to take revenge on unknown adulterer Governor Bellingham: old age; not ill-fitted to be the head and representative of a community Reverend John Wilson- eldest clergyman of Boston; great scholar, man of kind genial spirit Revered Arthur Dimmesdale: godly pastor; young clergyman; eloquent and religious; skilled spokesman  

Chapter Summary:
While Hester takes a view the faces in the crowd, she notices an Indian and an unusual white man dressed in both civilized and savage clothing. Hester recognizes the man as her husband when it was evident to her that one of his shoulders was higher than the other. As soon as...
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