2 Chapter 5How was Hester’s exit from the prison at the end of her confinement different from the day she exited for her public shaming?Does Hester’s cottage fit in more with the Puritan or the Transcendental way of thinking? Find two quotes from the text that support this.Why did Hester decide to stay instead of moving to somewhere less strict? Find a quote that shows this.What is Hester’s relationship with the rest of the townspeople?How does Hester’s character develop in this chapter?What is important about the way Hester dresses her child? What does this show?What point is Hawthorne making about an individual’s ability to separate oneself from one’s wrongdoing? Why do you think he is making this point?
3 Chapter 6What, according to the narrator, is ironic about Pearl’s existence?What is significant about Pearl’s name?Describe Pearl. Find one quote to describe her looks and one quote to describe her temperament.Hester believes that, while society punishes her for sinning, God has a different reaction. How does Hester explain Pearl’s existence? Find a quote that supports this.
4 Chapter 7 Why did the townspeople want to take Pearl away from Hester? How does Pearl represent the scarlet letter? Why is this significant? Find a quote to support why you think it is significant.How is Governor Bellingham’s house described?What is the significance of Hester’s reflection in the armor?This chapter ends with a rose bush. Where has a rose bush been mentioned before?Do you think the rose bush has the same symbolism it did before? Why or why not?
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