I wanted to talk about this issue more, the issue of what defines a protagonist. It shows Hester regretting what she did, but then coming to realize she's been blessed rather than punished. He wants to give his last final and most emotionally powerful sermon on Election Day. I wish we would have further discussed Dimmesdale and his emotional struggle throughout the book, since it is such an essential element of the story. I also agree with your thoughts on why Hester didn't just leave with Pearl and create a new life for herself. Rebecca Nealeigh Period 5 I believe that the story is about Hester and the author included other characters to tell her story and that of the early puritan society.
She is also the mother of Pearl. Also in the end he died leaving no time for him to spend with Hester. In other words, where does the blame lie? He was adulterous, he refused to acknowledged Pearl, and he was trying to confess his true nature to the towns-people but their disbelief in his ability to sin he never plainly came out with his confession made him a liar. According to the last senetence The Scarlet Letter is a story of sin and redemption. It displays how the people within their society treats those who wear the scarlet and the trials and tribulations of those who wear it. I took it to mean that, in this horrible situation that everyone is going through, Pearl is the one amazing gift that Hester can take away from it. The entire crowd can see her as a punishment of shame and punishment.
She helped the poor and those who were less unfortunate; there was actually a point where the people thought she should just take off her scarlet letter, but of course, she never did. It was at this time that The Scarlet Letter was published in the United States. Where does the narrator stand, or is he of two minds? So I ask you to help me and teach me something important. She was everything the Puritans where missing. Could the story have taken place anywhere else or in any other time period? I also think that there is more than just one scarlet letter within the book like Pearl and the cut A within Dimmesdales chest. Throughout the novel, Dimmesdale grows increasingly aware of the sicknesses the secret is inflicting on him, which leads him to his final confession. I agreed with the majority of the things discussed as well, which leads me to believe i got a very good understanding of the novel.
A topic I wish we could've discussed more was the Black man in the forest and Mistress Hibbins During the socratic seminar the idea that Chillingsworth branded Dimmsdale was brought up. Christian Klug Period 5 I thought that the protagonist for the novel could be seen as either Hester or Dimmesdale, or even both depending on the way you look at it. That would be that it really depends on the human. Unfortunately, I would have liked to talk about how the surroundings and timing of the book fit in with the story. What questions does Pearl ask her mother? The three main characters in the Scarlet Letter carry a lot of guilt, for several different reasons. How does Chillingworth make a place for himself in Boston society? The Puritan society itself was an example in hypocrisy.
I think that it was interesting that you brought up the Black Man, because he wasn't really someone that the reader really focused on. Question 8: Conflict is at the heart of the plot. The fourth would be from chapter fourteen to twenty and finally act five up until the end of the novel. In this way, some may consider Dimmesdale a coward, but I believe him not to be one. I believe that he thought he would have lost everything and lost everyone's trust if he had came forward, but he would have gained an important role, being a father to Pearl. Dimmesdale does seem cowardly just letting Hester take all the blame for something they both did.
Hester looks as if she is an awful criminal because of the letter she is forced to wear, but really on the inside she is an extremely caring and loving mother, along with being a great women who has been through a lot in her life. I believe that the way Hester raised her child, the lack of a father, and isolation from other young children caused Pearl to act such a way. The brank was a cage that fit over the head, holding the tongue by either clamping it or puncturing it so that the accused gossip could not speak. What does pearl have to do with it? At the end of the book, he confesses to being the father and also admits that he has the letter A branded onto his flesh. The other interpretation of the meteor is by Dimmesdale, and he feels that it is his scarlet letter A. One topic that I liked during the discussion was if Dimmesdale was a coward. I feel the same way about how even though Hester was the one who shared her secret with the world, she was not all that the story was about.
Some people would believe it to be sad that Chillingworth to give up his life to pursue a life ling task of ruining someone, but in my opinion it was more sad that the people living in the village did not ask for any proof of Chillingwoth being apt to care for their idol. Answer: Pearl asks this question repeatedly of her mother, but Hester will not answer her. A child is so innocent and young, with no regrets, this is why everyone seems to center around her beauty. Answer: There are two possibilities: either he fears Hester revealing his name or he truly believes that Hester deserves to care for her daughter, since he is emotionally connected to Pearl as her father and wants Hester to raise her. Randee Huffman I agree with Christian about how the protagonist can either be Hester or Dimmesdale.
I just thought that would be really interesting to talk about again. Taylore Cantu During our sacratic seminar I thought it was interesting how some people thought that pearl was a devil child and how she wasn't a Puritan child. The moment passes when they encounter face to face after seven years of the punishment Hester has been given. Any deviation from the newly established laws and codes was seen as a form of dissension against the community as well as the rules set forth by God. Dimmesdale should have gone through the same treatment as Hester went through even if he is looked upon. He also was able to keep this a secret for 7 years, which can't be an easy thing to keep inside with so much regret to begin with.
He further comments that even if that is not the reason, Hester may have been inclined to remain in Boston because her secret lover still lived there. Everybody is different, and in many cases that quote is incorrect. God has taken all she has and left her with Pearl. Towns were built so that the church was in the center of each community. I wished we would of talked more about what Dimmesdale could of done in the beginning of the book, to have made him more relevant throughout the entirety of the novel. Dimmesdale, is shown struggling everyday, he had Chillingworth constantly breaking him apart and he had to live with the fact that Hester was punished and he wasn't.
Hester is strong in public considering the humility she goes through with grace. I believe that since the very beginning he wanted to tell the town, to tell everyone, that he was indeed the sinner he knew he was at heart. Dimmesdale believes that the meteor creates a gigantic A in the sky. I think she is only half of the big picture, with the other half being Dimmesdale. The ducking stool was a chair attached at the end of two beams that could be extended over a river or pond so that the criminal could be dunked repeatedly into the water.