Why hasn’t Hester seen her husband in a long time? Two years ago, he sent her alone to the new world
Explain the symbol of the rosebush outside the prison. The beautiful rosebush outside the ugly prison, a place of pain, symbolizes Hester who is a bit of goodness and beauty in this bleak Puritan society.
How do people treat Hester after her release from prison? They won’t talk to her They still buy her beautiful embroidered items. Photo by Aimee RayAimee Ray
What does Chillingworth want? To find out the name of Hester’s lover To get revenge on Hester’s lover
What do Hester and Dimmesdale plan to do? How does Chillingworth try to ruin their plans? They are going to take a boat to England. Chillingworth books passage on the same boat.
What is Dimmesdale’s triumph? He delivers the greatest sermon of his life He reveals that he was Hester’s lover He shows his self-injury to the crowd
What happens to Chillingworth after the big revelation? He dies within the year
How does Hester redeem herself and change the symbolism of the scarlet “A” she has worn? She nurses the sick and helps the needy She is always accepting of everyone The “A” comes to be a symbol of mercy
Explain the difference between sins of passion and sins of principle. A sin of passion comes from strong feelings, like love A sin of principle is a coldly calculated violation of someone else’s soul
What is a “romance” and how is it different from a novel? A romance is a prose narrative that deals with its subjects and characters in a symbolic, imaginative and non-realistic way A novel is realistic; a romance is not