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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


good and evil in man

Mr. Wilson

the church


pride, individuality, sin, punishment


sin and evil, revenge


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

Mistress Hibbons


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.


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!


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


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.


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.



Know these about the novel and Nathaniel Hawthorne

What was Hawthorne constantly afraid of?


When does the story take place?


When was the book published?


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


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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