A. Esslinger's study guide for final test review
crime and punishment
Symbolism of the rosebush
nature, innocence, mystery, freedom
Symbolism of The Beadle
The scarlet letter
adultery, ignominy, punishment
happiness, Heaven's approval
unknown origin, sadness, boundry
Laws of the state
good and evil in man
pride, individuality, sin, punishment
sin and evil, revenge
sin, guilt, suffering, freedom, truth, bravery, cowardice
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.
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?
What are the two great themes of this story?
1) human frailty and sorrow
2) sin and punishment