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The Scarlet Letter Discussion notes. Has Hester repented of her sin? YES - Society admires her…? Bobby - Most definitely… Nicholas - Nicholas – town thinks.

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1 The Scarlet Letter Discussion notes

2 Has Hester repented of her sin? YES - Society admires her…? Bobby - Most definitely… Nicholas - Nicholas – town thinks she has and offers to remove letter - She tries to punish self – Audrey. Hester points to A. Hester is trying to tell bout Roger now. - Ben Hester doesn’t think she has special powers. - Audrey – town respects her. NO - Letter had not done office… Linda S - Sin is not adultery but concealing Roger’s identity… she hasn’t repented of that concealing Eddo - Doesn’t have sunshine & only darkened house can contain her. Ellim - Jamie – thinks of murdering Pearl and committing suicide - Theresa “in Puritan terms” must conform to Puritan ideals, wonders whether Pearl should have been born & doubts role of women - Ben – “put it behind her” but didn’t repent; acted as if she never did it. - Sharon – no friends in town and talks about Pearl as if she’s unnatural - Gail – denies Pearl as salvation & hope & Hester denies this - Alex – altho town has changed perception, she stayed in town to purge soul, but her soul isn’t purged - Ellim – she points to A out of pride (class asked for evidence) isolation from town, - Linda S she has doubts and not repented - Keeley – if she had truly repented, then she should have cut off relationships.

3 Has Hester repented of her sin? What is repentance?? What is her SIN? Has Dimmesdale repented by only accepting God’s judgment? (Keeley) YES What is repentance?? Bobby – she may not have revealed Roger’s identity to protect Authur, but can still have repented Audrey – error is hiding Roger NO Repentance must be personal Miki – she also says she needs to “redeem her error” Susan – she is surrounded by blackness Gail – she feels pange of A still Eden – she hasn’t forgiven herself, even tho society has forgiven her. Ellim – she stays with lover so she hasn’t repented Gail – she feels she should be punished by Roger Asks Roger why he’s getting revenge on Arthur not her Linda S – If a person has repented, should be at peace & out of grasp of Devil… ex, Roger & Dimmesdale –by extension, Hester? Gail – symbolism of light/dark to establish Hester’s unrepentence, Pearl is in light… Alexander – “the Dark Q” of whether to kill Pearl; she thinks of unfairness of society’s judgment. Eddo – Altho society accepts her, she hasn’t sought salvation. To kill Pearl is avoiding Salvation. Theresa- she will repent of her own definition, but hasn’t done so yet. She’s trying to repent by saviing Dimme… Jamie – “she had climbed higher” “Roger is below her level” Hester is going up and Roger down and neither is where they need to be…

4 Has Hester repented of her sin? What does she need to do to get there? Linda L- does Rep. mean making up for wrong or just recognition of her sin? Answers – accepting herself and recognizing sin Theresa: Are there different views of repentence? Joseph questions this. YES Audrey – agrees that Hester is climbing, but Hester is above the Puritans. Hester might have gone hand in hand with Anne Hutchinson, chpt 1. Alexander – ministers aren’t pure, so Hester’s climbing doesn’t mean she hasn’t repented. Bobby – the climbing means she has repented. “climbed way out of shame” She doesn’t feel anything about A. Does shame equate with social status? Audrey – no love in her life- she’s repented Theresa – town has different perception Keeley – Town has looked past the sin… Keeley – Town has looked past the sin… NO Sharon – Pearl is signal of her sin; she must deal with Pearl. Keeley – She believes that she is stuck in situation. Eden – Agrees. Hester Obliged Linda S – adultery is not only sin Miki – revealing Roger will lead to repentance Ben – she’s second guessing herself and will reveal Roger but she hasn’t repented of her sin of adultery Eden – she used to be attractive, but now is NOT. No sunshine. Small things show she’s hidden in darkness Joseph – town remembers sin.

5 Has Dimmesdale repented of sin? YES NO NO – class consensus? Has Roger repented of sin? He is going down.

6 What is the meaning of TRUE repentance? ACTION needed – change in behavior Won’t do sin again She’s not committing adultery “feel bad” about sin People choose for themselves what is wrong.


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