Scarlet Letter

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Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet LetterKanecia Garrett

First Scaffold Scene:"In Hester Prynne's instance, however, as not unfrequently in other cases, her sentence bore, that she should stand a certain time upon the platform but without undergoing that gripe about the neck and confinement of the head, the proneness to which was the most devilish characteristic of this ugly engine." (Chapter 2)Analysis: Hester had to stand on the scaffold for her punishment without having to undergo execution which was the worst part about the scaffold.

Thesis Statement:In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne's use of the scaffold better understand the character's guilt and redemption

Second Scaffold Scene:"If the same multitude which stood as eye-witnesses while Hester Prynne sustained her punishment could now have been summoned forth, they would have discerned no face above the platform, nor hardly the outline of a human shape, in the dark gray of the midnight." (Chapter 12)Analysis: If the same number of people were at the scaffold that night that were at Hester's punishment, they wouldn't have recognized Dimmesdale, Hester, and Pearl standing together in the middle of the night.

First Scaffold Scene:"It was, in short, the platform of the pillory; and above it rose the framework of that instrument of discipline, so fashioned as to confine the human head in its tight grasp, and thus holding it up to the public gaze." (Chapter 2)Analysis: The scaffold's framework rose up to confine the wrong-doer's head in its rope and hold it up in shame as a punishment for that person's sins.

Third Scaffold Scene:"Such was the position the minister occupied, as he bowed his forehead on the cushions of the pulpit, at the close of his election sermon." (Chapter 23)Analysis: Dimmesdale was ashamed of the truth he had just told but was also relieved because he didn't have to deal with the weight of his huge secret anymore.

Third Scaffold Scene:"People of New England!" cried he, with a voice that rose over them, high, solemn, and majestic,-yet had always a tremor through it, and sometimes a shriek, struggling up out of a fathomless depth of remorse and woe,-"ye, that have loved me!-ye, that have deemed me holy!-behold me here, the one sinner of the world! At last!-at last!-I stand upon the spot where, seven years since, I should have stood; here, with this woman, whose arm, more than little strength wherewith I have crept hitherward, sustains me, at this dreadful moment, from grovelling down upon my face. (Chapter 23)Analysis: Dimmesdale is saying he regrets not standing with Hester the first time she went to the Scaffold.

Third Scaffold Scene:"But he hid it cunningly from men, and walked among you with the mien of a spirit, mournful because so pure in a sinful world! "With a convulsive motion, he tore away the ministerial band from his breast." "May God forgive me! Thou too hast deeply sinned!"(Chapter 23)Analysis: Dimmesdale reveals the Scarlet Letter and asks for forgiveness, he also says that he walked amongst the unknowing townspeople because he kept his A hidden.


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