In the first scaffold scene, the author writes “Could it be true? She clutched the child so fiercely to her breast, that it sent forth a cry; she turned her eyes downward at the scarlet letter, and even touched it with her finger, to assure herself that the infant and shame were real. Yes!-these were her realities-all else had vanished” (page 41) From this quote the reader learns that Hester is just beginning to deal with the shame of her sin. It is evident from this quote that she has not yet come to grips with her actions. She is in an utter state of shock, and it seems as if she is trying to find a way to forget about her sins. What is also learned from this quote is that Hester, is a proud women. This quote symbolizes Hester’s pride because even though her life is at a low ebb, and, she faces the reality of the Scarlet Letter, she attempts to hold her head and the head of her infant high. Here the scaffold represents her unwillingness to accept her sin.
In the second scaffold scene, it seems as if Hester has changed from sinner into a citizen who now has a job in society, and that she no longer yearns for Dimmesdale and Dimmesdale no longer... [continues]
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