“The Scarlet Letter” by wanghonghx


									“The Scarlet Letter”
            Plot Overview
• The Scarlet Letter takes place in the
  seventeenth century Boston, which was
  then a Puritan settlement.
• A young woman Hester Prynne is
  escorted, from the town prison with her
  infant daughter Pearl.
• Hester committed the sin of adultery, and
  refused to give the name of the man who
  she committed adultery with.
                Plot Overview cont.
• Hester wears the scarlet letter over her bosom for punishment and
  stands on the scaffold, to be publicly shamed and humiliated.
• Hester’s Roger Chillingworth lived in Europe at the time of Hester’s sin of
  adultery, disguises himself as a doctor to discover Hester’s secret of who
  she committed the sin with.
• Dimmesdale
• Committed the sin of adultery with Hester
• He deals with the impact of his sin by punishing himself physically and

• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IrFm0u2l84&feature=related
        Themes, Symbols, Motifs
•   Themes
•   Sin, Evil, Identity
•   Example of Sin in the novel
•   Hester wears the Scarlet Letter upon her bosom has a punishment
    for her sin of adultery.
•   Example of Evil
•   Hester’s daughter Pearl is portrayed as a mischievous child,
    townspeople believe her father is the devil.
•   Engages in odd behavior dealing with her mother’s scarlet letter
    upon her bosom
•   “ …the infants eyes had been caught by a glimmering of the gold
    embroidery about the letter; and, putting up her little hand, she
    grasped at it smiling, not doubtfully, but with a decided gleam that
    gave her the look of a much older child.”
• The Scarlet Letter
• Meant to be viewed as a symbol of shame, however throughout the
  novel the symbol became a symbol of identity to Hester.
• “ All the light and graceful foliage of her character had been withered
  away up by this red hot brand, and had long ago fallen away,
  leaving a bare and harsh outline, which might have been repulsive,
  had she possessed friends or companions to be repelled by it.
• Pearl
• Pearl is a symbol of the consequence of her mothers sin and the
  reason Hester decided to live.
• “ Pearl” as being of great price, purchased with all she had,- her
  mother’s only treasure!..”
• Motifs
• Night Versus Day
• Daylight exposes Hester’s activities to make her more vulnerable to
• “..they have doomed Mistress Prynne to stand only a space of three
  hours on the pillory…”
• Night conceals activities that would not be possible throughout the
• “And thus while standing on the scaffold, in this vain show of
  expiation, Mr. Dimmesdale was overcome with a great horror of
  mind, as if the universe were gazing at a scarlet token on his naked
  breast, right over his heart.
• Dimmesdale was able to relieve the guilt of his sin without public
  shame by shaming himself upon the scaffold at night where no one
  could be a witness to his punishment he inflicted upon himself.
• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxOyIDi

• Picture

• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scarlet_Letter
• Clips
• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IrFm0u2l84&

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