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Scarlet Letter Plot Structure

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Toni Love

on 14 March 2014

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Transcript of Scarlet Letter Plot Structure

Scarlet Letter Plot Structure
Toni Love 7th Period
Inciting Moment
"he will be known!- he will be known!- he will be known!" (Hawthorne 44)
Rising Action
Be not silent from any mistaken pity and tenderness for him; for, believe me, Hester, though he were to step down from a high place, and stand there beside thee, on thy pedestal of shame, yet better were it so, than to hide a guilty heart through life." (Hawthorne 26)
Rising Action
“She turned to the young clergyman, Mr. Dimmesdale, at whom, up to this moment, she had seemed hardly so much as once to direct her eyes. –“Speak thou for me!” cried she.” (Hawthorne 61)
Rising Action
“Pearl, that wild and flighty little elf, stole softly towards him, and, taking his hand in the grasp of both her own, laid her cheek against it” (Hawthorne 63)
Rising Action
“The physician advanced directly in front of his patient, laid his hand upon his bosom, and thrust aside the vestment, that, hitherto, had always covered it even from the professional eye” (Hawthorne 76)
Rising Action
“Wilt thou stand here with mother and me, to-morrow noontide?” inquired Pearl?” (Hawthorne 85)
Rising Action
“The minister-painfully embarrassed, but hoping that a kiss might prove a talisman to admit him into the child’s kindlier regards-bent forward, and impressed one on her brow” (Hawthorne 123)
"With a convulsive motion he tore away the ministeral band from before his breast. It was revealed!" (Hawthorne 148)
Falling Action
"May God forgive thee!" said the minister. "Thou, too, has deeply sinned!" (Hawthorne 148)
Falling Action
"Pearl kissed his lips. A spell was broken" (Hawthrone 148)
Falling Action
"Hester," said the clergyman, "farewell!" (Hawthorne 148)
Falling Action
"That final word came forth with the ministers expiring breath" (Hawthorne 148)
Sin leaves its mark
Protagonist: Hester and Pearl
Antagonist: Chillinworth and Dimmesdale
Setting - Time: mid- 1600's
Setting - Place Boston, Massachusetts
Internal Conflict: Man v. Self
External Conflict: Man v. Higher Power
Authors Theme:
Revealed sin makes a person stronger, while hidden sin destroys the soul.

: Chillingworth used the black flower as a symbol of letting his predestined life unfold.

Pearl used the green seaweed "A" to symbloize life.

: Pearl was foreshadowed to the the savior for the puritans.

Chillingworth foreshadowed that it would not be Hesters soul he would ruin but her lovers.

: Chillinworth left all of his property and wealth to Pearl, even though he said he would never be her father and tried to destroy her real father.

It was ironic how Pearl was forshadowed to be the savior but it ended up being Dimmesdale.

Here Dimmesdale is begging Hester to reveal the father of Pearl. He does not have enough strength to reveal it himself so h is asking Hester to make it easier on him
Hester begs Dimmesdale to defend her to the Governor so that she would be able to keep Pearl. When Dimmesdale does defend her Chillinworth notes that Dimmesdale speaks with great passion and sincerity.
Pearl goes up to Dimmesdale and takes his hand which reveals that Pearl knows she has a connection between her and Dimmesdale.
Chillinworth uncovers Dimmesdales chest to reveal the "A" he continually carved into his chest. Now Chillinworth knows who the father is and knows who to take his revenge on.
Here Pearl asks Dimmesdale to stand up on the scaffold with them the next day, giving him a chance to reveal his sin but he does not take it.
"I would speak a word with you," said she,- "a word that concerns us much" (Hawthrone 94)
Here Hester is talking to Chillinworth to tell him to stop torturing Dimmesdale.
Rising Action
Dimmesdale, feeling guilty and wanting Pearls acceptance gives her a kiss hoping to prove himself to her.
Dimmesdale has finally confessed his sin in front of the town.
Chillinworth pulls Dimmesdale aside and tries to convince him not to confess, but Dimmesdale overcomes him and is finally free from his sin.
Pearl now accepts Dimmesdale and kisses him, which gives her, her identity and frees her.
Dimmesdale says his final words to Hester before he dies.
After seven years of self torture and built up guilt, Dimmesdale is free.
No matter how big or small your sin is, it will always leave its mark
Work Cited Page
"A" Picture :http://puruz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Scarlet-Letter.jpg
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