The Scarlet Letter Essay

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Amy Flores
English 11 Per. 3
Oct. 17, 2013 Scarlet Letter 10, 5, 2 Quiz In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel the Scarlet Letter a young women, Hester Prynne, has been convicted of committing adultery in this small town. She becomes pregnant and has a child, Pearl. She has to face all of these men that are “in power” in the town, one of these men is Reverend Dimmesdale. He is a young priest, so it is an odd moment when he begins to look pale and ill. This man, Dimmesdale, walks around town with his hand on his heart as if he himself is in pain. The reasoning behind his pain is still unknown, but one evening he decides that it was time for him to tell everyone why it is he is suffering. He leaves his chamber and goes out into the center of the town to the scaffold. The scaffold was known as the place of “shame.” It is where the young Hester Prynne was told to stand once she was found guilty as a way of showing off to the rest of the town what she has done and that she, in a sense, is no good. Dimmesdale is now standing on the center of the scaffold with the hopes that people will begin to throw stuff at him, then he came to realize that it was dark out and there was to be no one out at that time. While standing in the dark, his head full of shame (to himself), he hears two men talking and recognized the men to be Reverend Wilson, and the Governor. He now realizes that the towns former Governor has passed away and they were now returning from visiting his place. At…