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Scarlet Letter Unit 2011-2012

acquiescence

quietly agreeing, submission; consent or compliance without protest

affable

friendly, pleasant; ready/willing to act, answer, agree; open to influence

pathetic

lame; arousing pity or sorrow

blithe

carefree, lighthearted

acquiescent

Hester was ___________ when she agreed to Chillingworth to not disclose his true identity when she was in the jail cell

pathetic

-Dimmesdale was very _________ in terms of his health

blithe

Pearl is very _________

brooding

sad; thinking deeply or worrying anxiously

brooding

Dimmesdale epitomizes this characteristic

cacophonous

noisy; harsh, jarring sound

cacophonous

Beat! Beat! Drums! is an example of this

cadence

fall of voice in speaking; flow of rhythm; measured

celebratory

happy; observing (a day or event) with ceremonies of respect, festivity, or rejoicing; to extol or praise

celebratory

Dimmesdale's Election Day sermon was very __________ on the surface, but had a dark undertone

coercive

manipulative; forced to think or act in a certain way; dominate, restrain, control forcibly; bring about by force

coercive

Chillingworth epitomizes this in his actions towards Dimmesdale

cynical

pessimistic; belief that all people are motivated by selfishness

disdainful

regard or treat with contempt; despise; reject aloofly, scorn

disdain

the people of Providence treated Hester with much ________ after she was found to have sinned

elegiac

of or relating to mournful poem/song; expressing sorrow; mournful

elegiac

The Cross of Snow conveyed this tone

enigmatic

mysterious; puzzling; ambiguous; inexplicable

enigmatic

Pearl is very _________ to many of the people in Providence

euphonious

agreeable sounding, especially of words pleasing to the ear

impassioned

passionate; fervent

impassioned

Chillingworth is ________ in his desire to make Dimmesdale feel guilty

ironic

happening in a way contrary to what is expected, and typically causing wry amusement

ironic

much of Scarlet Letter is _________
-creating a "new" world using old world foundations
-Dimmesdale's plea to Hester to name the father of Pearl
-Hester's refusal to leave Providence despite the others' ostracism of her

derisive

expressing contempt or ridicule

derisive

the Puritan children were very _______ towards Pearl

lament

mourn; passionate expression of grief or sorrow; a song/music/poem expressing grief; a complaint

malice

mean; desire to harm someone; wrongful intention

malice

Chillingworth displays much ______ towards Dimmesdale

menacing

threatening, suggesting presence of danger

menacing

-Chillingworth was very _________ towards Dimmesdale
-the Puritan children were very ________ towards Pearl

objective

unbiased, not influenced by personal feelings or opinion in considering/representing facts

objective

I cannot think of one ________ person throughout the entire book

propitious

giving or indicating a good chance of success; favorable

propitious

-the meteor was considered very ______ in terms of Governor Winthrop's ascension to heaven

recalcitrant

having an obstinately uncooperative attitude towards authority or discipline

recalcitrant

Pearl is extremely ___________

satiric

tone used to ridicule or make fun of human vice or weakness, often with intent of correcting, or changing; subject of satiric attack

staid

sedate, respectable, unadventurous

staid

with the exception of one instance, Dimmesdale is very ______

subjective

based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions

subjective

the Romantic literary movement leaned more towards this view

subjugate

bring under domination or control, especially by conquest

subjugated

in a way, Chillingworth _________ Dimmesdale, especially when he suggested they move into a house together

supplicant

ask or beg for something earnestly

supplicated

Dimmesdale ________ a lot when he was asking Bellingham to let Hester keep Pearl and when he asked Hester to reveal Pearl's father

unremitting

never relaxing or slackening; incessant

unremitting

Dimmesdale was ________ in his punishment of himself

wry

dry, especially mocking humor; distorted sense of humor

wry

when Dimmesdale was asking Hester to reveal Pearl's father, it showed that Hawthorne is very _____

euphonious

Dimmesdale's sermons were very _________

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