The Scarlet Letter
By: Sarah Kuster, Laura Benson-Greer, and Evan Grainger

Introduction- The Custom House:
Quote 1: "If, in our country, valor were rewarded by heraldic honor, this phrase---which it seems so easy to speak, but which only he, with such a task of danger and glory before him, has ever spoken---would be the best and fittest of all mottoes for the General’s shield." (Hawthorne 289)

This quote will be significant to the story because the narrator talks about bravery being praised. He starts his sentence off with the word IF showing his idea. I believe he will insert this idea into the story and it will change a significant in one of the characters personalities.

Quote 2: “The original and more potent causes, however, lay in rare perfection of his animal nature, the moderate proportion of intellect, and the very trifling admixture of moral and spiritual ingredients;" (Hawthorne 294)
This quote I think relates to Roger Chillingworth in the novel. This describes someone who has reverted back to an animal nature, like revenge. I believe the narrator used this to make the characteristics of Roger Chillingworth.

Quote 3: …I happened to place it to my beast. It seemed to me--the reader may smile, but must not doubt my word--it seemed to me, then, that I experienced a sensation not altogether physical, yet almost so, as of burning heat; and as if the letter were not of red cloth, but red-hot iron. I shuddered, and involuntarily let it fall upon the floor." (Hawthorne 302)
This actually happened to me once. I placed a green letter, not a red letter, to my chest. It left an imprint on my chest. That was probably because it was silly putty and I had put the putty on a newspaper and it copied the words off of it. When I placed it to my chest, the letters stuck to my chest. I was a pretty happy kid at that point.

Chapter 1- The Prison Door:

Chapter 2- The Market Place:
Hey out there in the cold
Getting lonely getting old
Can you feel me?
Hey you standing in the aisles
With itchy feet and fading smiles
Can you feel me?
Hey you don’t help them bury the light
Don’t give in without a fight.

Hey you out there on your own
Sitting naked by the phone
Would you touch me?
Hey you with one ear against the wall
Waiting for someone to call out
Would you touch me?
Hey you, would you help me to carry the stone?
Open your heart, im coming home.

But it was only fantasy.
The wall was too high,
As you can see.
No matter how he tried,
He could not nbreak free.
And the worm ate into his brain.

Hey you, standing in the road
Always doing what your told
Can you help me?
Hey you, out there beyond the wall,
Breaking bottles in the hall
Can you help me?
Hey you, don’t tell me there’s no hope at all
Together we stand, divided we fall.

Chapter 3- The Recognition:
rec·og·ni·tion [rek-uh g-nish-uh n]
1. the identification of something as having been previously seen, heard, known, etc.
2. the perception of something as existing or true; realization.

The chapter’s title, The Recognition, can be interpreted in several ways. It can be literally understood as Hester’s recognition of the man in the crowd who is actually her husband. The second recognition is also a literal one in which Roger, Hester’s husband, recognizes not only his wife but also her crime. The title also represents the chapter because when the town fathers question Hester about who fathered her child and she refuses adamantly, they recognize her intention on not revealing him and take her back to the prison.

Chapter 6- Pearl:

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Chapter 7- The Governor's Hall: People who are clinically depressed live an extremely different life compared to the average person. They often seclude themselves from the rest of the world, which usually effects their loved family and friends. There are two different categories of depression. One is a chemical imbalance with a person's DNA which is usually appeased with medicine or therapy. The other type of depression is situational which is the condition that Hester endures in "The Scarlet Letter". She has situational depression because of her trial, her personal shame, and the judgement from the townspeople. With her depression, she struggles to be a good mother to Pearl. Hester's lack of optimism and energy keeps her from providing her daughter with happiness, which is shown in the quote "Thou must gather thine own sunshine. I have none to give thee."

Chapter 8- The Elf-Child and the Minister:
Hester defied the parenting ways of the Puritans, but this did not make her an unfit mother. Hester raised Pearl in a much looser fashion than most parents of this time period. Her first priority in raising Pearl was to implement a loving nature. Secondly she enforced discipline, making sure that Pearl did not follow her own shameful footsteps. In this chapter, Hester must defend her right to keep Pearl. In doing so she explains how through her own guilt and shame she can teach Pearl what is right.

Chapter 9 and 10- The Leech and The Leech and His Patient: The End of an Affair Trailer
This movie takes place in London in 1946. It is about a woman named Sarah Miles who has an affair with Maurice Bendrix who is friends with her husband, Henry Miles. In one scene in the movie, after the affair has been carried on for several months, Henry sits Maurice down and starts asking him questions about Sarah. Eventually, Maurice admits to the affair. This ties into Dimmesdale and Chillingworth's relationship because of how Chillingworth investigates Dimmesdale's secretive past. Also, Dimmesdale and Maurice are similar because they provide love for already married women, whereas Chillingworth and Henry have the role of the unloving husband.

Chapter 11- The Interior of a Heart:
"To the untrue man, the whole universe is false - it is palpable - it shrinks to nothing within his grasp. And he himself, in so far as he shows himself in a false light, becomes a shadow, or, indeed, ceases to exist."

This story about a formal model and Steven Seagal is a perfect example of the quote. The quote is talking about how someone who holds them self high above others will never have a good life. The quote is saying that person's life will revolve around lies. This scandal shows how far people will go when they have sunk to the bottom.

Chapter 13- Another View of Hester:

The Puritans have grown to respect Hester for several reasons. She is very magnanimous because she does not take much for herself but helps the townspeople. Aside from helping others, she generally stays out of other people's business. Hester still has not overcome her guilt, however, and feels even more alone than before. The passion that had once filled her heart is now replaced with introversion.

Chapter 18- A Flood of Sunshine:
Aside from his physical change, Dimmesdale undergoes a mental and emotional transformation. His previous manner revolved solely around God and furthermore redemption, but while in the woods with Hester he lets his happiness take him over. For the first time in seven years, he feels joy. This joy allows him to leave his guilt behind and become somewhat wild. Hawthorne begins to refer to him as solely Dimmesdale because he has somewhat seperated himself from the god-obssessed man he was before, and has become looser.

Final Assignments:
The fact that Hawthorne writes that Hester has a daughter and not a son is significant to the story. This is primarily because Hester is able to teach Pearl, through her own mistakes how to behave virtuously as she grows up. This gives Hester an argument when she is trying to defend keeping Pearl.
While Hester and Dimmesdale have sinned, the greatest sin was committed by Chillingworth. Hester and Dimmesdale were not intending on harming anyone; their actions were out of love. Chillingworth, on the other hand, let himself succumb to hatred and in turn evil. He was fully aware of and intent on the harm he was causing to others. Also, both Hester and Dimmesdale confess their sins and seek forgiveness from the town and even more so from God. Chillingworth is never able to admit his guilt to anyone, and therefor he can not make good of it. Where Hester and Dimmesdale learn from their sin and become more virtuous, Chillinworth is unable to gain anything because he has not admitting his sin, not even to himself.