BOOK REVIEW SHEET
Title: The Scarlet Letter
Author: Nathaniel Hawthrone
Hester Prynne, Pearl, Roger Chillingworth, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale Three scenes most important for developing main character(s): 1.
The first scaffold scene, which occurs in Chapters 13, focuses on Hester and the scarlet letter. She stands on the scaffold with quiet defiance, holding her baby in her arms. Meanwhile, a crowd of townspeople has gathered to watch her humiliation and hear a sermon. Her husband, Roger Chillingworth, has just returned and is in the outskirts of the crowd. Her lover, Arthur Dimmesdale, shares her platform but not her public humiliation. 2.
After a long time of internal decay as a result of unconfessed sin, Dimmesdale finally confesses to the townspeople by revealing his own "scarlet letter," which he carved on his chest. This is his dying act.
Hester ripping the letter off in the woods. Deciding to leave with Dimmesdale and Pearl for Europe. Shows her innocent side, and how she can’t handle everything that is being thrown at her.
Important minor characters and their impact on the plot/theme:
Mistress Hibbins — Governor Bellingham's sister. She invites Hester to a witches' meeting in the woods and becomes the object of Pearl's fascination. She speaks often of the "Black Man," another name for the Devil. She is executed for practicing witchcraft about a year after Dimmesdale dies. Her death shows how merciless Puritan society had become in the name of piety and propriety: the Governor would even order the execution of his own sister.
Governor Bellingham — The governor of Boston and the brother of Mistress Hibbins. Bellingham conducts himself like an aristocrat, enjoying money, luxury, and the privileges of power. Yet when it comes to the actions of others, Governor Bellingham punishes any behavior that does not fit with the strict Puritan rules of behavior. ...
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