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October 6, 2021

Scarlet Letter Agreement

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chris Chaten @ 8:48 AM

The first scaffolding scene, present in chapters 1-3, focuses on Hester and the scarlet letter. She stands on the scaffold with a little disgust and holds her baby in her arms. Meanwhile, a large number of city dwellers gathered to see their humiliation and hear a sermon. Her husband, Roger Chillingworth, has just returned and is on the edge of the crowd. His lover, Arthur Dimmesdale, shares his platform, but not his public humiliation. In Puritan Boston, Massachusetts, a crowd gathers to witness the punishment of Hester Prynne, a young woman who has given birth to a baby of unknown origin. She must wear a scarlet “A” on her dress at all times, even if she is close to city dwellers to shame her. Her sentence required her to remain on the frame for three hours, subjected to public humiliation, and to wear the scarlet “A” for the rest of her life. When Hester approaches the scaffold, many women in the crowd are angry at their beauty and silent dignity. Chillingworth, who loses his will to take revenge, dies soon after and leaves a considerable legacy to Pearl. Upon his release from prison, Hester moved into a house on the outskirts of the city and earned a meagre livelihood through his exceptionally good manual labor. She lives a quiet and dark life with her daughter Pearl and does charitable works for the poor. She worries about her daughter`s unusual fascination with the scarlet “A”.

Hester`s meide also extends to Pearl, who has no playmates or friends apart from his mother. As she gets older, Pearl becomes whimsical and recalcitrant. Their behavior is rumored, and it is not surprising that Church members propose to be taken from Pearl by Hester. The main characters are all here. City dwellers are present to make a judgment, just like during the last scaffolding scene. Hester is alone with Pearl in his arms, a simple child and a sign of his sin. Dimmesdale shares the platform with other officials representing the ecclesiastical state. His ambivalence to remain silent is manifested in his request to call Hester the name of the child`s father.

Also in the crowd is Roger Chillingworth, whose voice is added to that of the crowd when he demands that Hester reveal his partner in sin. In this scene, we have Hester`s public remorse, Dimmesdale`s reluctance to admit his own guilt, and the beginning of Chillingworth`s evil plot to find and punish the father. The emphasis on adultery and the letter is reinforced by the theme of sin in Mr. Wilson`s homily. The second scaffolding scene again offers a look at all the main characters, a dramatic vision of the Scarlet A and one of the most memorable paintings in American literature. In the hull of darkness, Dimmesdale set out for a silent vigil. So far, we`ve seen Dimmesdale`s deliberate attempt to cope with his guilt, but now we`re going deep into his subconscious. .

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