The Scarlet Letter

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The Scarlet Letter By: Nathaniel Hawthorne:

The Scarlet Letter By: Nathaniel Hawthorne Laura Wentz


Characters Hester Prynne: Hester is the books protagonist/the leading or main character. She puts the letter “A” out of fabric on her wardrobe to signify that she is an “adulterer”. She is the reason the book has its title. As a young woman, Hester married an elderly scholar named Roger Chillingworth. He sent her to live in America but he never followed her. While waiting for him, she had an affair with a Puritan minister named Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, after which she gave birth to her daughter named Pearl. Hester was shamed and alienated from the rest of the community. Her alienation puts her in the position to make small observations about her community and how they treat women. Pearl: Pearl is Hester Prynne’s daughter in the story. She is a young girl with a moody, mischievous spirit and an ability to perceive things that others do not. She is wise beyond her years and she had a part to do with her mothers scarlet letter. Roger Chillingworth: Roger is Hester’s husband. Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale : The reverend was Hester’s anonymous lover.


Plot The setting of the story is in the seventeenth century in Boston, Massachusetts. The genre of the book is a romantic/historical story. The story starts during the summer of 1642. The main character of the book is a young woman named Hester Pryne .


Quotations “A writer of story-books! What kind of a business in life,—what mode of glorifying God, or being serviceable to mankind in his day and generation,—may that be? Why, the degenerate fellow might as well have been a fiddler!” Such are the compliments bandied between my great-grandsires and myself, across the gulf of time! And yet, let them scorn me as they will, strong traits of their nature have intertwined themselves with mine. An explanation of this quote is that its from the introductory section of The Scarlet Letter. It is in which the nararator how he decided to write his version of Hester Prynne’s story. “Mother,” said little Pearl, “the sunshine does not love you. It runs away and hides itself, because it is afraid of something on your bosom. . . . It will not flee from me, for I wear nothing on my bosom yet!” “Nor ever will, my child, I hope,” said Hester. “And why not, mother?” asked Pearl, stopping short. . . . “Will it not come of its own accord, when I am a woman grown?” This quote was taken from Chapter 16. Pearl is talking to her mother here.

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