Question:1. Why does Hester plan to speak to Dimmesdale? What happens as a result of the meeting?
2. Who approaches Dimmesdale as he invites Pearl and Hester to join him near the scaffold? Does this person want him to go on the scaffold? Why or why not?
3. After Dimmesdale dies, what happens to Chillingworth? Why does this happen?
4. What is Pearl's effect on Dimmesdale? Does she play a part in his decision to confess? Why or why not?
5. The wearing of the letter is intended to isolate Hester from society and bring attention to her sin. Did the letter accomplish this job? Explain.
1)Which part are you talking about? The most important meeting I feel, is near the end of the book when Hester meets with Dimmesdale to persuade him to flee with her and Pearl on the ship. She does this to try and get Dimmesdale out of Chillingworth’s clutches.
2)Ummm possibly Chillingworth as he wants to help his ‘friend’ Dimmesdale. Also, he does not want him to be revealed as the dad, as he has not discovered the truth for himself. So he feels robbed by the fact that Dimmesdale confesses and then dies.
3)Chillingworth dies within a year of Dimmesdale’s confession and death. He leaves a lot of money to Pearl, which enables her to become a lady in society. I think that Chillingworth dies because he has been corrupted by his pursuit of Dimmesdale. Now that he has confessed, Chillingworth has no meaning left in his life.
4)Pearl’s love for her father demonstrates the gentle love that they both share, which prevails at the end of the text. It could be considered that Dimmesdale was overwhelmed by Pearl’s love for him, and wanted to confess in order to be able to return the love.
5)Hester became defined by the A, in societies eyes, so was no longer Hester, but Hester with the A. She physically isolated herself by living in a cottage on the edge of the community, and she only really spoke to Pearl, Dimmesdale and Chillingworth. Although she was condemmend, people still associated themselves with her as they brought her products.
Hope this helped! x I would have to rent the movie to be able to answer those questions.
I wonder what society would look like today if anyone who committed adultery would be forced to wear the A on their clothing.
Arthur Dimmesdale, like Hester Prynne, is an individual whose identity owes more to external circumstances than to his innate nature. The reader is told that Dimmesdale was a scholar of some renown at Oxford University. His past suggests that he is probably somewhat aloof, the kind of man who would not have much natural sympathy for ordinary men and women. However, Dimmesdale has an unusually active conscience. The fact that Hester takes all of the blame for their shared sin goads his conscience, and his resultant mental anguish and physical weakness open up his mind and allow him to empathize with others. Consequently, he becomes an eloquent and emotionally powerful speaker and a compassionate leader, and his congregation is able to receive meaningful spiritual guidance from him.
Hester also becomes a kind of compassionate maternal figure as a result of her experiences. Hester moderates her tendency to be rash, for she knows that such behavior could cause her to lose her daughter, Pearl. Hester is also maternal with respect to society: she cares for the poor and brings them food and clothing. By the novel’s end, Hester has become a protofeminist mother figure to the women of the community. The shame attached to her scarlet letter is long gone. Women recognize that her punishment stemmed in part from the town fathers’ sexism, and they come to Hester seeking shelter from the sexist forces under which they themselves suffer. Throughout The Scarlet Letter Hester is portrayed as an intelligent, capable, but not necessarily extraordinary woman. It is the extraordinary circumstances shaping her that make her such an important figure. http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/scarlet/ca... More Related Questions & Answers...