BELOW YOU WILL FIND THE LINK TO THE SCARLET LETTER.
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The text of the Scarlet Letter You are to read chapters IX-XVI.
Considering the theme of the effects of sin and the possibility of redemption, respond to the following:
1. Each of the three major characters have committed sin, some greater than others. Choose one of the characters and discuss what you think is his/her greatest sin at this point.
2. What has been, thus far, the effects that this sin has had on Hester, Dimmesdale, Chillingworth, and even Pearl. Present and discuss one effect.
Answer the following : chaps 9-13-Use paragraph form.
3. Chillingworth believes that Dimmesdales’s physical illness results from spiritual problems. Describe Dimmesdale’s physical state; then explain what spiritual problems might be causing his ailments.
4. Dimmesdale tells the congregation that he is “utterly a pollution and a lie!” Hawthorne says that Dimmesdale was well aware of the effect this “vague confession” would have on his parishioners. Yet, he made the confession. In your opinion, what does this tell you about Dimmesdale’s character?
5. At night, Dimmesdale sees accusatory visions of angels, demons, and the significant people in his life. Hawthorne says that these visions are, “in one sense, the truest and most substantial” of the things in the minister’s life. Why?
6. In chapter 12, how does Hawthorne show the reader the extent of Dimmesdale’s internal conflict?
7. Hester blames Chillingworth for Dimmesdale’s failing health. Do you agree? Why or why not?