The Scarlet Letter

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The Scarlet Letter:

The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

Plot :

Plot married woman named Hester gets pregnant and is therefore an made to wear a letter A for Adulteress. the town shames her especially because she does not reveal the identity of the baby's father. she is consistently chastised as a sinner and the whole time the baby's father is the priest who deals with his guilt by self abuse.

Hester Prynne:

Hester Prynne She is the protagonist of the book. She’s the one that wears the letter and is shamed by her peers. She is labeled as a adulteress and sinner As a young woman Hester married an elderly scholar Chillingworth who sent her ahead to America to live but never followed her. While waiting for him she had an affair with a Puritan minister named Dimmesdale after which she gave birth to Pearl.

Pearl Prynne:

Pearl Prynne Hester's daughter Pearl is a young girl with a moody mischievous spirit and an ability to perceive things that others do not. she quickly learns the truth about her mother and Dimmesdale.

Roger Chillingworth :

Roger Chillingworth Hester’s husband in disguise. He is much older than she is and had sent her to America while he settled his affairs in Europe. Because he was captured by Native Americans he arrives in Boston late and finds Hester and her illegitimate child being displayed on the scaffold. He lusts for revenge and decides to stay in Boston despite his wife’s betrayal and disgrace.

Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale  :

Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale a young man who achieved fame in England as a theologian and then immigrated to America. In a moment of weakness he and Hester make love. Although he will not confess it publicly he is the father of her child. He deals with his guilt by hurting himself physically and develops heart condition as a result.

Quotes:

Quotes Let men tremble to win the hand of woman, unless they win along with it the utmost passion of her heart!  Else it may be their miserable fortune, when some mightier touch than their own may have awakened all her sensibilities, to be reproached even for the calm content, the marble image of happiness, which they will have imposed upon her as the warm reality. if a man wears one mask in public, and another in private he will soon forget which one is real

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