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Scarlet Letter Final Review

A. Esslinger's study guide for final test review
STUDY
PLAY
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