14 March 2013
Task 1 – Quotes:
1) “But the point which drew all eyes, and, as it were, transfigured the wearer, - so that both men and women, who had been familiarly acquainted with Hester Prynne, were now impressed as if they beheld her for the first time, - was that SCARLET LETTER, so fantastically embroidered and illuminated upon her bosom” (51). This quote perfectly describes the Scarlet Letter and how it will be affecting Hester for the remainder of her life. Her punishment (to wear the letter “A” on her breast) will always create stares of judgment, wonder, and disgrace. This quote caught my attention because the scarlet letter must be something so interesting that people who Hester knew were looking at her like they were just seeing her for the first time. 2) “In our nature, however, there is a provision, alike marvelous and merciful, that the sufferer should never know the intensity of what he endures by its present torture, but chiefly by the pang that rankles after it” (52). This quote caught my attention because it seems like a foreshadowing of Hester’s life to come. Human nature makes it so the worst pain we feel comes after whatever it was we did wrong. So, I wonder, what is going to happen to Hester while wearing the scarlet letter “A”? What will be that “pang” that Hester has to suffer? This quote seems to be the exact meaning of a punishment and exactly what Hester has to face. 3) “‘I will not speak!’ answered Hester, turning pale as death, but responding to this voice, which she too surely recognized” (64). Hester refuses to share her daughter, Pearl’s birth father, on the stage. But, the voice that “she too surely recognized” seems to be a hint that that voice is the father, Mr. Dimmesdale. This quote is an extremely important piece of information that could be used as evidence concerning Pearl’s father. This quote also exemplifies Hester’s courage and strength while being interrogated...
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