Scarlet Letter Final Review

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28 terms · A. Esslinger's study guide for final test review

Symbolism: Prison

crime and punishment

Symbolism of the rosebush

nature, innocence, mystery, freedom

Symbolism of The Beadle

Puritan Law

The scarlet letter

adultery, ignominy, punishment

The sunshine

happiness, Heaven's approval

The forest

an evil place

The brook

unknown origin, sadness, boundry

Gov. Bellingham

Laws of the state

Pearl

good and evil in man

Mr. Wilson

the church

Hester

pride, individuality, sin, punishment

Chillingworth

sin and evil, revenge

Dimmesdale

sin, guilt, suffering, freedom, truth, bravery, cowardice

Mistress Hibbons

witchcraft

Lines from the book:

who said what?

I have met with grievous misphaps by sea and land, and have been long held in bonds among the heathen folk, to the southward; an am now brought hither by the Indian, to be redeemed out of my captivity.

Chillingworth

When the Black Man sees one of his own servants, signed and sealed, so shy of owning to the bond as is the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale, he hath a way of ordering matters so that the mark shall be disclosed in open daylight to the eyes of the entire world.

Mistress Hibbins

I have no Heavenly Father!

Pearl

What can a ruined soul, like mine, effect towards the redemption of other souls?

Dimmesdale

As the life of good fame of yonder man were in your hands, there seemed on choice me save to be silent, in accourdance with your hebest.

Hester

God gave her the child, and gave her, too, an instinctive knowledge of its nature and requirements - both seemingly and peculiar - which not other mortal being can possess.

Dimmesdale

Facts:

Know these about the novel and Nathaniel Hawthorne

What was Hawthorne constantly afraid of?

Failing

When does the story take place?

1642-1649

When was the book published?

1850

What was the most extreme possible punishment for Hester's sin?

Hanging

How much time passes during the story?

7 years

What are the two great themes of this story?

1) human frailty and sorrow
2) sin and punishment

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