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The Scarlet Letter
Transcript of The Scarlet Letter
Chapter 5 Hester At Her Needle Major Characters Hester Prynne Minor Characters "The Baby" Summary Quotes "They averred that the symbol was not mere scarlet cloth tinged in an earthly dyepot, but was redhot with infernal fire, and could be seen glowing..." "They averred that the symbol was not mere scarlet cloth tinged in an earthly dyepot, but was redhot with infernal fire, and could be seen glowing..." Literary Devices: Study Guide 1. When Hester was led to the market place to stand on the scaffolding, she held her head high. Why is she not so strong and proud when she is released from prison? 2. Why doesn't Hester move away from Boston? 3. Where do Hester and Pearl live? 4. For whom does Hester do needlework? What one type of garment is she not allowed to embroider? 5. How much money does she make by doing needlework? 6. How is Pearl dressed differently from Hester? 7. Why does Hester spend so much time making coarse garment for the poor? 8. How is Hester treated by the townspeople? 9. Why does she dread the treatment by children most of all? 10. When is it that Hester does feel some relief from shame? 11. What story has been contrived about the letter? Irony:
Hester doesn't do needlework for brides, but she does for babies.
(pg. 80) Similie:
"...whenever it struggled out of her heart, like a serpent from its hole..." Imagery: (pg. 78) Supernatural:
The Scarlet Letter (pg. 85) Vocabulary Penance:
Voluntary self-punishment to atone for a sin, crime, etc. Retribution:
Requital according to merits or deserts, especially for evil
Contradictoriness and inconsistency