Hester’s husband from the Netherlands. Chillingworth arrives in Boston on the day that Hester is publicly shamed and forced to wear the scarlet letter. He vows revenge on the father of Pearl, and he soon moves in with Arthur Dimmesdale, who Chillingworth knows has committed adultery with his wife. His revenge is frustrated at the end of the novel, when Dimmesdale reveals that he is Pearl’s father before dying. Chillingworth, having lost the object of his hatred, dies soon thereafter.
Strong woman with independent mind, brave and defiant, mother of Pearl, lover of Rev. Dimmesdale.
In the Scarlet Letter, Very beautiful; youthful looking with dark hair and eyes; “feminine” according to the time: air of dignity, not grace or eloquence; after receives scarlett and hides hair from the world she loses this air, youthfulness and beauty. Very passionate.
“A beautiful puritan woman full of strong passions, Hester Prynne is the main character in the story. Employed as the village seamstress, she is strong and caring, helping anyone she can when he or she are in need. With a penitent heart, Hester travels through the story becoming only a shadow of her former passionate loving self. Other than the scarlet letter, she was a very moral woman whose only joy in life was her daughter Pearl. ” “
She must wear the scarlet letter A on her body as punishment for her adulterous affair with Arthur Dimmesdale
is married to Roger Chillingworth, but while Hester awaited her husband’s arrival from Amsterdam, she met Dimmesdale and engaged in the adulterous affair, which led to Pearl’s birth.
, “His form grew emanciated; his voice, though still rich and sweet, had a certain melacholy prophesy of decay in it…”,
He is a young, charismatic minister in the Massachussetts Bay Colony
, a young man who achieved fame in England as a theologian and then emigrated to America. In a moment of weakness, he and Hester became lovers. Although he will not confess it publicly, he is the father of her child. He deals with his guilt by tormenting himself physically and psychologically, developing a heart condition as a result. He is an intelligent and emotional man, and his sermons are thus masterpieces of eloquence and persuasiveness. His commitments to his congregation are in constant conflict with his feelings of sinfulness and need to confess.
, SL governor of the town, tries to take PEARL from HESTER but DIMMESDALE convinces him not to, present at HESTER’s punishment
SL considered a witch by the town, sometimes grouped with HESTER, widow living with her brother, believed to be a witch, rides with the “Black Man” at night
, Hester’s illegitimate daughter Pearl is a young girl with a moody, mischievous spirit and an ability to perceive things that others do not. For example, she quickly discerns the truth about her mother and Dimmesdale. The townspeople say that she barely seems human and spread rumors that her unknown father is actually the Devil. She is wise far beyond her years, frequently engaging in ironic play having to do with her mother’s scarlet letter., ”She is my happiness. She is my torture nonetheless.” (who is this talking about)