The prison door best represents?
The iron door seems to represent all that is strict and unrelenting in Puritan society
The rosebush outside the prison door is a symbol of ?
The rosebush represents kindness and forgiveness to the prisoners who must face either a prison sentence or a death sentence; their last saving grace
Why is the first scaffold scene very ironic?
Because Dimmesdale is called upon to ask Hester who
the father is
How does Chillingworth figure out who Pearl's father really is?
he becomes Dimmesdale's doctor and when he is asleep comes into his room, opens his robe and sees his chest
What is Hester's response when she learns that the Puritan council might allow her to
remove her scarlet letter?
she indicates that only God can remove her letter
Hester tries to convince Dimmesdale to do what during their walks in the woods?
to run away and live together elsewhere
What does Pearl do when she first sees her mother without the scarlet letter?
She convulses and screams
Eventually, years after it was put on her chest to stand for "adultery", the "A" on Hester's chest begins to stand for?
Two symbolic images of the good and evil battling over Dimmesdale's soul are?
Chillingworth and Pearl
By punishing Hester with the scarlet letter, the Puritan community is doing what, according to Nathaniel Hawthorne?
proclaiming its own smug and judgmental self-richeousness
(by humiliating people of own sins they are promoting own purity)
Chillingworth became the greatest sinner in violating the human heart because?
He single-mindedly was bent on personal revenge against Dimmesdale (consumed his life)
What happens to Pearl at the end of the story?
the inherits a fortune from Chillingworth and leaves town to never visit again excpet for writing letters to Hester and sending gifts to her