- 1 What does Hester recognize about Dimmesdale’s condition?
- 2 Why does Hester feel responsible for Dimmesdale’s physical condition?
- 3 What is the result of Hester’s meeting with Dimmesdale?
- 4 What have Hester and Dimmesdale decided to do about their situation?
- 5 Does Hester still love Dimmesdale?
- 6 Why did Hester take off the scarlet letter?
- 7 How does Hester make a living?
- 8 Does Chillingworth forgive Hester?
- 9 Why do Hester and Pearl go to the forest?
- 10 Why does Pearl finally kiss Dimmesdale?
- 11 Why does pearl not recognize Dimmesdale?
- 12 Why does pearl not recognize her mother?
- 13 What unpleasant news does Hester receive at the end of Chapter 21?
- 14 How does Pearl react when Hester removes the scarlet letter?
- 15 Why is Pearl unhappy at the removal of the scarlet letter and what is the significance of her refusal to kiss Dimmesdale?
What does Hester recognize about Dimmesdale’s condition?
Hester tells Dimmesdale that Chillingworth is her husband. This news causes a “dark transfiguration” in Dimmesdale, and he begins to condemn Hester, blaming her for his suffering. Hester, unable to bear his harsh words, pulls him to her chest and buries his face in the scarlet letter as she begs his pardon.
Why does Hester feel responsible for Dimmesdale’s physical condition?
Why does Hester feel responsible for Dimmesdale’s physical condition? Hester feels that her promise not to reveal Chillingworth identity is allowing Chillingworth to torment Dimmesdale, causing his physical condition. Pearl is beginning to show traits of affection to Hester.
What is the result of Hester’s meeting with Dimmesdale?
In the forest Dimmesdale can finally be true, as Hester has been in her revelation of Chillingworth. When Hester casts off the scarlet letter and her cap, her hair gains a richness, her face beauty. In their meeting Hester and Dimmesdale come back to life, a life that has passion and hope.
What have Hester and Dimmesdale decided to do about their situation?
After Dimmesdale kisses Pearl, Pearl runs to slap him in the face. What have Hester and Dimmesdale decided to do about their situation? Hester and Dimmesdale decide to haunt the community for years to come.
Does Hester still love Dimmesdale?
Yes, Hester still loves Dimmesdale. This is why she never revealed his name as her partner. Unlike Hester, Dimmesdale has not received a punishment, so he does not feel free from his sin. He eventually forgives Hester because he realizes Chillingworth is the one who has been torturing him.
Why did Hester take off the scarlet letter?
For Hester, to remove the scarlet letter would be to acknowledge the power it has in determining who she is. Upon her return from Europe at the novel’s end, Hester has gained control over both her personal and her public identities.
How does Hester make a living?
Hester Prynne, heroine and protagonist of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, lives alone with her infant daughter, Pearl, in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. She manages to make a living to support herself and her daughter by sewing and embroidering for others. Hester works as a seamstress.
Does Chillingworth forgive Hester?
Does Chillingworth ever forgive Hester? Yes, he forgive her, he said to her he still love her, but he also said to her that he would have revenge. He wanted to kill the man that was the father of Pearl.
Why do Hester and Pearl go to the forest?
Why do Hester and Pearl go to the forest? They go to the forest to intercept Dimmesdale on his journey home to Boston, to tell him that Chillingworth was really Hester’s husband who was seeking revenge.
Why does Pearl finally kiss Dimmesdale?
So, when Dimmesdale kisses Pearl, he truthfully acknowledges her as his daughter; therefore, Pearl kisses him in like recognition as she ceases to be a symbol of her parents’ adultery and becomes human, in acceptance and forgiveness of Dimmesdale, and in weeping human tears for the first time in the narrative.
Why does pearl not recognize Dimmesdale?
As the symbol of Hester’s and Dimmesdale’s adultery, Pearl, at times, simply feels the effects of this illicit affair. So, as a reminder of his sin with Hester, Dimmesdale fears her and does not recognize her in public.
Why does pearl not recognize her mother?
Pearl does not recognize her mother because Hester has removed the scarlet letter and put her hair down. Having resolved to leave America and start a new life in Europe with Dimmesdale, Hester has finally felt confident enough to rid herself of the public symbol of her shame.
What unpleasant news does Hester receive at the end of Chapter 21?
The bad news Hester receives from the ship caption is that Chillingworth will be coming on the ship too. You just studied 24 terms!
How does Pearl react when Hester removes the scarlet letter?
When Hester beckons Pearl to come to her and Dimmesdale, Pearl begins to “burst into a fit of passion, gesticulating violently” when she sees her mother without the letter on her chest. She only recognizes Hester again when she re-fastens the letter.
Why is Pearl unhappy at the removal of the scarlet letter and what is the significance of her refusal to kiss Dimmesdale?
To Pearl, the letter symbolizes her, so when it is removed she feels that Hester won’t love her as much. This keeps Pearl from sharing her mother’s joy over the removal of the letter. Pearl rejects Dimmesdale’s kiss because he refuses to go back into town holding hers and Hester’s hands.