The Scarlet Letter

Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter is set in the early Puritan society of North America. The novel's deepest implications warn against the dangers of breaking from society and pursuing selfish individual goals. Questions can range from theme and plot inquiries, to questions on characterizations and more.

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What is the baby's name in The Scarlet Letter?

Pearl is the baby's name. She is the daughter of Hester Prynne and is conceived through an adulterous affair with the town minister, Arthur Dimmesdale.

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What does loyalty play in The Scarlet Letter?

I find it interesting that Hester was loyal to others but not to herself. Hester allowed herself to compromise her values and still tried to bring no harm to others.

This is a conflict that continues even today.

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Does pearl discover who her father is in The Scarlet Letter?

Yes. She tells Dimmesdale to come out on the scaffolding with them during the day for eveyone to see. She knows he is trying to hide something on his chest when he puts his hand over his heart.

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How did the puritan's beliefs clash with the transcendentalist's in The Scarlet Letter?

Because the transandentalists were humanists and believed that they could live life in a communist "type" community with themselves as God. The Puritans on the other hand lived there life for God and in a system where each house hold was dependent upon working in a capitalist type system. The Bible says,"If you don't work you don't eat." This was part of their philosophy as well. In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne was not looking particularly favorably on the Puritan way of life in some respects, making it look cold and harsh. Hawthorne had been part of this transcendentalist's"communist" type society for only about a year. He quickly found out that even though he paid his part to be part of the society, not EVERYBODY there had the same intentions he had "to work hard for the good of the society."

At least, I'm quite sure about this.

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What does chillingworth vow to do in ch 4 in The Scarlet Letter?

He vows to stay with Hester.

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What is an example of juxtaposition in the novel The Scarlet Letter?

"fierce,though still calm" page 103

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What are examples of motifs in Scarlet Letter?

The rosebush and the weeds in the first paragraph- Nature is more kind to humans than humans are to humans

The scarlet Letter representing sin and adulteress

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Ways to remake The Scarlet Letter?

I watched the 1995 movie last night, and couldn't stop thinking how could this movie be remade to more directly speak to contemporary audiences.

The idea started from Hester's carefree attitude and how will the letter later hamper her, and make her life confined, limit her freedom etc. One option to show this is to work with the AIDS topic. It would work well with sexuality and affliction of the "limiting factor" through the practice of sex/passion. The doubts here are several: do we need another Philadelphia, and secondly, what would be the point of the movie - in Hawthorne's novel, the broadest point is the limiting factor of social fanaticism and the raising of awareness for the freedom of people, and the AIDS topic, well, has been talked about quite a lot in the last decade. However, since there are no new topics, but just new modes, as Walter Benjamin would say, so a great director and a couple of serious actors could make this speak to us again.

Another way is to look at social norms, limitations, and fanaticism, and to work from there. Namely, I live in a Balkans country, and just a couple of days ago something visually very similar to the angry mob wanting to prosecute Hester was shown on TV -two different ethnic (read: different political and mobster) groups conflicted and both considered themselves victims from the other. Anyway, this gave me the idea that the Scarlet letter could be just as well set in Eastern Germany in 1975 or in Europe in 1939, and Hester could be a Jew, or a Roma, even better, due to her carefree and witch-like attitude.

I finally dropped the idea of remaking the movie, because it might just as well stay as it is and serve as an allegory of these two and many more modern topics. Just as Miller's The Crucibles was.

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Who were the only ones who made no use of Hester's services in The Scarlet Letter?

Brides for their wedding gowns. The society did not find it fit that Hester's services be used towards a lawfully bound contract that she broke.

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What are the stylistic devices in The Scarlet Letter?

Watch Easy A.

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What does the shadow symbolize in The Scarlet Letter?

you mean the black man in the forest? Satan

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What does chillingworth vow to do in The Scarlet Letter?

He vows to impregnate Hester.

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Why does Hester dress pearl like The Scarlet Letter?

Hester dresses herself in dull colors to show her melancholy mood, but dresses Pearl with bright colors to represent the scarlet letter + to show that Pearl is full of life & different from the other characters who are suffering from the sin

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What month does Hester mount the scaffold in The Scarlet Letter?

June

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What secret practices did the minister engage in as result of the immoral troubles that beset him?

The minister would whip himself at night in his room.

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What does Hester recognize in the crowd?

her husband who had just come from living with the indians and learning their ways with medicine. he did not know what to expect and was slow to react to the situation at hand. after they meet for the first time since he treats her and her infant pearl.

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What does the community think of Mr Dimmesdale?

The townspeople all love Dimmesdale and believe he is a great preist. Even when he tries to confess his sins to them, they don't really listen to him because they think he could do no wrong.

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In The Scarlet Letter why does Hester feel guilty about her needlework?

She doesn't...

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What is a shock in the book The Scarlet Letter?

The Reverend, Arthur Dimmesdale, is Pearl's Father, and he drops dead at the end of the novel.

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Who does pearl play with in The Scarlet Letter?

herself

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What was Hester Prynne's profession in The Scarlet Letter?

She was a seamstress before she was imprisoned.

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What character represents witchcraft in The Scarlet Letter?

The Black Man that hangs out in the forest

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What is 'The Scarlet Letter'?

== == The Scarlet Letter is a classic novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1850. It is about a woman who commits adultery and becomes pregnant. The story tells of the problems she has to face everyday in her home town of Boston, Massachusetts. When asked who the father of her child is, she refuses to give up a name and is forced to wear a scarlet 'A' (for adultress) on the bosom of all her clothing so everyone will recognize her for "who she really is".

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Who is the heroine of The Scarlet Letter?

Hester Prynne

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How does dimmesdale finally escape chillingworth?

Chillingworth emerges from the crowd at the event of the election and violently yells at both Hester and Dimmesdale. Dimmesdale finally admits his secret and reveals the letter "A" imprinted into his skin on his chest, and then dies, finally escaping Roger Chillingworth.

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