Many people now refuse to interpret Hester’s A by its original meaning. What does the A now symbolize?
The “A” now symbolizes “able”, since she is very helpful around the community.
How was Hester changed physically in the past 7 years?
Hester has changed by becoming less pretty, not as ladylike, wearing plain clothes, and a bonnet to hide her pretty hair: she does this to purposely hides her feminine side.
Hawthorne wrote: “The scarlet letter had not done its office.” Based on text evidence, what is meant by such a statement?
She appears to be doing right, but she has rebellious thought. Her thoughts and ideas are far from conforming to Puritan society. She has Ideas that women are not treated fairly and would be better off dead. She also thinks the puritan government needs overthrown.
Describe the change in Chillingworth’s appearance.
He looks evil! his eyes flash red; his smile looks devilish.
According to Chillingworth, how has Dimmesdale now “increased the debt”?
Chillingworth blames dimmesdale for making him a fiend.
How does Chillingworth respond when Hester tells him she’s going to reveal his identity?
He doesn’t care.
Pearl associates the scarlet letter with what gesture that has become characteristic of the minister?
Pearl associates the scarlet letter with Dimmesdale’s habit of putting his hand over his heart.
What does Pearl do with the eelgrass (seaweed)?
Pearl makes an “A” with the eelgrass she has found while playing on the beach.
How did Hester respond when Pearl asked her why she wore the A? What is significant about the response?
Hester realizes that Pearl is too young to know what really happened. So Hester doesn’t explain the significance of the scarlet letter to Pearl.
Why does Hester decide to break her promise to Chillingworth and reveal her husband’s identity to Reverend Dimmesdale?
Hester feels like she owes dimmesdale what she knows.
Chillingworth informs Hester that the magistrates are considering allowing her to remove the scarlet letter permanently. What is her response and why is it significant?
She said it wasn’t their choice to take it off, but it would come off If she deserved to have it taken off. This is significant since she is saying she is leaving it up to God, this means she still has faith even though she has sinned.
While playing in the woods, Pearl affixes her own letter A to her clothing. How is hers different from the letter her mother wears?
Pearls was made of seaweed. ; Her A is different since she wears it by choice, her mother has to wear it as a form of punishment.
Pearl asks her mother what the scarlet letter means. In what way does her answer contradict what the reader has come to understand about Hester?
She doesn’t say anything at first, and just delays the subject. Hester told Pearl that she wears the A because of its gold thread. Hester has owned up to her mistake (sin) the entire book, but this time she lies.
A very steep cliff or drop
Conductive to stress
showing dedication and diligence
Having a strong and unpleasant taste or smell.