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Scarlet Letter Chapter 20

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Kaiena Conlon

on 15 October 2012

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Transcript of Scarlet Letter Chapter 20

The Scarlet Letter
Chapter 20 Symbols, Quotes, and Outside Phrases/Quotes that
relate to the chapter Symbols Quotes Outside Phrases/Quotes that Relate to the Chapter -Represents how a new
wave of thought is
overtaking Dimmesdale -Represents the transformation of Dimmesdale after his conversation with Hester in the forest -Represents Dimmesdale's new rebellious attitude "At every step he was incited to do some strange, wild, wicked thing or other, with a sense that it would be at once involuntary and intentional; in spite of himself, yet growing out of a profounder self than that which opposed the impulse" (213). -Dimmesdale has just left the forest after conversing with Hester and making plans to return to England
-He is feeling rebellious and reckless
-He believes that he is losing control over his impulses "And the infectious poison of that sin had been thus rapidly diffused throughout his mortal system. It had stupefied all blessed impulses, and awakened into vivid life the whole brotherhood of bad ones" (218). -Dimmesdale is as weak as any mortal and is quickly being consumed by his impulses
-All of his morals are losing importance
-His behavior is becoming Satanic "Then, flinging the already written pages of the Election Sermon into the fire, he forthwith began another, which he wrote with such an impulsive flow of thought and emotion, that he fancied himself inspired; and only wondered that Heaven should see fit to transmit the grand and solemn music of its oracles through so foul an organ-pipe as he" (221). -When he returns to his house, Dimmesdale burns the pages of his partially written Election Sermon and begins to write a new one
-Prior to his conversation with Hester, it was difficult for Dimmesdale to write the sermon
-Now the words flow freely
-Shows how renewed he feels “It is in our moments of decision that our destiny is shaped” - Anthony Robbins -Dimmesdale's decision to return to England
changes his destiny
-He will now travel a completely different path
-He is a changed person because of those moments in the forest
"I was a crazy young man who let himself be blinded by his passions and obeyed only the impulses of the moment. " -Gustav Mahler

-Dimmesdale seems to be blinded by his excitement
-He is living in the moment for the first time in his life
-He wants to obey his impulses, but restrains himself "Mind over matter."

-Attitude can change a situation
-Dimmesdale's new attitude gives him energy
-Feels like he can handle anything now
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