The three scaffold scenes serve a very significant purpose in the overall theme and meaning of this novel as well as for the foundation. The very first important moment in the story was when Hester was standing on the scaffold because this is when all four main characters are introduced for the first time. This is also when Reverand Dimmsdale is shown criticizing and judging Hester for her sin even though he was also a sinner as well. Dimmsdale shows his judgmental attitude towards Hester when Hawthorne writes" The Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale bent his head, silent prayer, as it seemed, and then came forward. 'Hester Prynne,' said he, leaning over the balcony and looking down steadfastly into her eyes, 'thou hearest what this good man says, and seest the accountability under which I labour. If thou feelest it to be for thy soul's peace, and that thy earthly punishment will thereby be made more effectual to salvation, I charge thee to speak out the name of thy fellow-sinner and fellow-sufferer! Be not silent from any mistaken pity and tenderness for him; for, believe
me, Hester, though he were to step down... [continues]
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