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The Scarlet Letter: Chapter 24

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Ali Novack

on 26 November 2012

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Transcript of The Scarlet Letter: Chapter 24

Conclusion Chapter 24 Summary Discussion Questions 1 Themes Symbols - Pearl who was once a symbol of sin and was different and kind of outlawed by the other kids in the town becomes very wealthy
-The story of the scarlet letter becomes a legend. At first the people in the town wanted nothing to do with Hester because of her sins. Now, her sins have framed a story that they all talk about and remember. Irony Why do you think Hester decided to return to the town?

Why does she continue to wear the letter?

Importance of Names Chillingsworth: "chill" represents his personality and how he became inhuman
Hester Prynne: Prynne rhymes with sin
Dimmesdale: "dim" represents how weak Dimmesdale was when he wouldn't admit his sin, also touches on the light and dark theme of the book
Pearl: Pearls are expensive and Pearl came at a great price for Hester, also Pearls start off as an irritant (started off as a sin) before it becomes a pearl 2 3 4 5 -"There was more than one account of what had been witnessed on the scafold." (p.211) -Some people in the town say that they saw a scarlet letter on Dimmesdale's chest
-Other people think that Chillingworth caused it to appear with magic and poisonous drugs
-Some people in the town deny the fact that there was a scarlet letter on his chest at all.
-"The reader may choose among these theories." (p. 211) -Chillingsworth dies within a year of Dimmesdale's death and Pearl obtains his property and becomes very wealthy
-"All his strength and energy-all his vital and intellectual force-seemed at once to desert him; insomuch that he positively withered up, shrivelled away, and almost vanished from mortal sight, like an uprooted weed that lies wilting in the sun." (p. 212) -Pearl and Hester disappear after Chillingswoth's death
-The story of the scarlet letter becomes a legend in the town
- The town keeps the scaffold and Hester's cottage to preserve the story -Hester returns to the town many years later when she is much older
-"And Hester Prynne has returned, and taken up her long-forsaken shame." (p. 214)
-No one knows what happened to Pearl but the narrator suggests that she is living in Europe, sending Hester money, and now has a baby -Hester dies many years later and is burried next to Dimmesdale.
-"It was near that old and sunken grave, yet with a space between , as if the dust of the two sleepers had no right to mingle." (p. 215)
- The two share a gravestone with the letter A on it
-" On a field, sable, the letter A, glues." (p.216) The Scarlet Letter -"But through the remainder of Hester's life, there were indications that the recluse of the scarlet letter was the object of love and interest with some inhabitant of another land."(p. 214)
-"the scarlet letter ceased to be a stigma which attracted the world's scorn and bitterness, and became a type of something to be sorrowed over, and looked upon with awe, yet with reverence too." (p. 215) Hester's Cottage Gravestone "On the threshold she paused,-turned partly round ,-for, perchance, the idea of entering, all alone, and all so changed, the home of so intense a former life, was more dreary and desolate than even she could bear." (p. 214) "On a field, sable, the letter A, glues." (p. 216) Hatred vs. Love Free Will -The Puritans in the town believe that God chooses a path for everyone. However, Hester continually tries to control her own fate.
- She returns to the town of her own free will to show that she is not and has never been ashamed of the A -"It is a curious subject of observation and inquiry, whether hatred and love be not the same thing at bottom." (p. 213)
-"Each in its utmost development, suppose a high degree of intimacy and heart knowledge; each renders one individual dependent for the food of his affections and spiritual life upon another; each leaves the passionate lover , or the no less passionate hater, forlorn and desolate by the withdrawral of his subject." (p. 213) Sin -Chillingworth lived to torture Hester and he fed off of her sin. When Dimmesdale admitted his sins, Chillingworth had nothing left to do and he died.
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