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the-scarlet-letter-nathaniel-hawthorne_UPDATENathaniel Hawthorne1850EnglishNovel AuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageRomanceThe Scarlet LetterHester is humiliated for committing adultery, yet shows no guilt. Hester publicly acknowledges her sin, displaying openness. Dimmesdale endures internal strife while gaining prominence.Dimmesdale hides his misdeeds, letting others think he's pure.PUBLIC TRUTHGUILTSUFFERINGHester PrynneArthur DimmesdaleOthers seek out Hester for her kindness despiteher suffering.Set in Puritan Boston in the mid-1600s, The Scarlet Letter explores sin, guilt, and the relationship between truth and morality. Forced to wear a scarlet letter A on her gown for the sin of adultery, Hester Prynne refuses to feel guilt and ultimately redeems herself through good works, serving as a condemnation of stark Puritan society. Dimmesdale presents an opposite way of dealing with sin: he chooses guilt—internal suffering—over public shame.The Natureof SinTHEMESA tortured soul, Dimmesdale learns only truth can heal.Born in Salem, Massachusetts, Hawthorne wrote about human fallibility: shortcomings in people that lead to evil and, often, self-destruction. The Scarlet Letter, his most famous work, highlights his style of dark romanticism.AuthorNATHANIEL HAWTHORNE1804–1864n the breast of her gown, in fine red cloth, surrounded with an elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold thread, appeared the letter A.Narrator, Chapter 2The Scaffold represents the Puritanical desire for public atonement. It gives Dimmesdale a place to confesshis sin and embrace his humanity.The ScaffoldThe A Hester must wear to show she committed adultery comes to symbolize the word Able, for her good deeds.Scarlet LetterSunlight symbolizes the revealingof sin, leading to forgiveness. Shadows symbolize the hiding of sin and suffering without forgiveness.Sunlight and ShadowsSymbolsTimes the word ignominy is usedby Hawthorne torefer to dishonor, infamy, disgrace,or shameLashes received by a woman forced to wear a letter A for adultery in 1651Amount Hawthorne made from The Scarlet Letter$1,5001640The Scarlet Letterby the NumbersMarriedAffairParent-ChildHester PrynneCommits adulteryand has a childPearlHester and Dimmesdale'sperceptive daughterRoger ChillingworthHesters husband, set on revengeMain CharactersArthur DimmesdaleLacks the courage to revealhe is Hester's loverSources: The Atlantic, Bartleby, History Channel, Penguin Books, RC WaltonCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.

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