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The Scarlet Letter: Rhetorical Devices
Transcript of The Scarlet Letter: Rhetorical Devices
Which is worse:
Is Hester's letter truly a
What does the "A" stand for?
Have the Puritans truly gotten away from the
Contradiction, Irony and Hypocrisy
Chillingworth collects herbs from the graveyard and tells Dimmesdale that they come from the grave of a man with an
in his heart.
When Dimmesdale reveals his chest at the end, some deny ever seeing a mark on his chest, while some admit.
The red "
" seen in the sky is believed by Hester and Dimmesdale to stand for "
" while the townspeople think it stands for "
Dimmesdale's reaction to his
In the beginning, the town
Hester for what she had done but once they got to know her, they began to like her and realize that she had just made a mistake.
At first, no one in the town liked Pearl, considering she was conceived through
, but in reality she was
Rhetorical Devices in The Scarlet Letter
Scarlet Letter "
was already marked with weather stains and other indications of age, which gave a yet
aspect to its beetle-browed and gloomy front."
"the precise word choices used"
"Meagre, indeed, and cold was the
in his heart.”
with internal fire, and could be seen glowing all alight."
: Pearl dresses in brilliant clothes, which was a sign of
for the Puritans. At the same time, the other Puritans come to Hester for their clothing needs
Pearl is very connected with
which was a "
" area in Puritan society. There are lies and secrets and schemes in the woods but in the towns all this goes away. In a symbolic way, Pearl is the
Garden of Eden.
ideas and relationships with other people in the town and they consider her a child of the
for doing so, even though they all shunned Hester.
Hester: The "
" once meant
, but came to mean "
Although some think Pearl is a devil child, others think she is good.
is where there is
, which is a direct contrast from the very public
is white, which represents
Pearl is the spawn of a sinner and is often described as a
"Direct opposition to two things compared"
"an unclear, indefinite, or equivocal meaning to a word or phrase"
"The suggesting of additional meanings by a word or expression, apart from its literal definition"
"Representing concepts or objects with other things"
"To compare in order to show unlikeliness or difference"
"The quality of being in two parts"
"A symbol that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one"
Pearl (from a clam) Pearl (Hester's Daughter)
under unique circumstances
from the world
under a unique circumstance
of her parents
from the rest of the town
Knowledge and Secrecy
"A distinctive feature or dominant idea in an artistic or literary composition.
are often confused
The only true
is inner knowledge
Civilization and Wilderness/Nature