What I want to understand is why exactly Hawthorne made Hester Prynne a master at being a seamstress and being able to sew. I understand it places the importance of the magnificence of the scarlet A on her, but why set it to be HER as the seamstress? Why not someone else?
Most likely to explain that she was still a requirement to the society and could probably redeem herself somehow. Although I am just as confused on that situation.
I want to know why Hester is just allowing everyone to walk all over her? Why doesn't she fight as much despite the Puritan community? I mean Joan of Arc fought back by playing the role as a man even though she got burned at the stake she fought back greatly so why didn't Hester do the same I mean by then the story if Joan was created.
I was thinking the same thing!
As much as I agree with your views, I think you and I both know it was almost impossible for fighting to be an option. Even with that being said, I would like to believe that I would try and fight. The problem with that is that these were very old times where sexism and prejudice were so normal in society. It makes me mad just thinking about it.
Maybe she didn't care or something..
I was wondering the same thing. She is just so ready to accept everyone's judgment, but maybe it's because it is just easier. Instead of causing a riot, she is just sucking it up and dealing with it.
Who was Hester's secret lover? What will happen to Pearl in the near future? What will happen once Dimmesdale dies.
I was wondering the same thing!
Hester's secret lover is Dimmesdale. I think that pearl is going to grow up and see how cruel the Puritan community really is and not follow through the religion. Will Dimmesdale die?
My question was why did Dimmesdale write his sin on his chest, and who did he commit his sin with?
Dimmesdale committed the sin with Hester.
He committed his sin with Hester and still feels guilty about it.
It is his self inflicted punishment for what he did, similar to Hesters red A.
My question is why doesn't Chillingworth ever stay at Hesters house in the woods? Its away from everyone, granted hes mad at her but if he is still trying to find the guy that got her pregnant why not live or stay over at Hesters?
He doesn't stay with her because no one knows that he is her husband. He doesn't want to give his real identity away or be accused of being the Pearl's father.
Why does Chillingsworth still even care to take revenge on Hester since he pretty much accidentally found her in the town?
I don't know why he decided to go to the town for her. I don't even understand why he ran off for two years in the first place.
Why wouldn't Dimmesdale at least secretly help Hester out with pearl?
Dimmesdale is also a reverend. If he helps Hester and Pearl, then he's admitting that he sinned, which he's trying hard not to do. It also makes it more likely that people will find out.
Wondering same thing.
How can Hester be so blatantly prideful through the novel?
I think it's because she wants to prove to the town that they can't beat her down in her heart
My question is, Did the author mean to create an ironic idea when Dimmesdale (the reverend) slept with Hester?
I'm going to go with yes... Just because he's a priest and she assumed to be widowed...
Why does Pearl act bad at times?
Pearl is a demon child and is out of control.
Pearl is so out of control because she is supposed to be Hester's punishment for having a child with someone she isn't married too.
In my opinion, Pearl is not a demon child. She lives in the outskirts of town with no one but her mother. She doesn't have other kids to play with and she is young. I think it's just built up energy, curiosity, and only hearing adult talk.
How did Dimmesdale get sick?
That's what I want to know too.
Dimmesdale is sick with the guilt that he is holding in and that is physically affecting him making him sick.
Why doesn't Hester say who she had the affair with?
Hester doesn't say who she had an affair with because it is with Dimmesdale. He is the minister and he will be shunned upon because he also committed the sin. All the townspeople respect him and look up to him.
Is Dimmesdale really sick or is he sick from all the guilt of him hiding his secret?
I think that he is sick from the guilt he feels.
Why doesn't dimmesdale just help hester and accept the consequences?
I think Dimmesdale doesn't accept the conesequences and help Hester, because he is afraid of what the town will think of him. He is well respected and has a really good reputation in the town, and he is afraid that it will all ruin his reputation.
He doesn't want his reputation with the townspeople ruined if the secret gets out.
Why doesn't Hester just say who the father is instead of dealing with all the trouble people give her?
She chooses to constantly wear the A, and face her consequences. I don't believe she wants to put anyone "on blast" and potentially ruin their life along with hers.
What exactly is on Dimmsdales chest? Is it an A like Hester's?
He branded himself with an A. It's on his chest so no one can see it but himself. He has it to remind him of the sin he committed. So in a way it is a lot like Hesters A.
Why is Dimmesdale keeping it a secret
I think he's keeping it a secret because a lot of people know him so he doesn't want to ruin his reputation.
Dimmesdale is keeping it a secret because he does not want to get shunned. However, Dimmesdale tries to let his secret out in front of the townspeople after Chillingsworth finds it out.
Why on earth would the baby daddy go and live with the ex husband?
Chillingworth doesn't know that Dimmesdale had an affair with Hester and that he's the father of Pearl.
Why haven't the townspeople figured out Dimmesdale's secret? You can tell he helps Hester and Pearl a little more than others do, so it seems like it would raise some suspicions.
I think that the towns people don't suspect Dimmensdale because he is a minister and many Puritans believe that the minster can do no harm or committ such a sin.
Is it ironic that the story of David's sin is on the wall in which dimmesdale can see at all times?
Is Pearl really a so called "demon-child"?
I think Hester is uncapable of raising Pearl alone so it makes her seem like a "Demon Child".
No, she is just crazy and tortured by the wvents her mom has put her through, and she wants to be known for something else.
If Dimmesdale has so much shame and guilt from the sin he committed why does he not just own up to it and get all the consequences and judgments over with?
Probably because he is like a pastor and he doesn't want people to look down on the one of the people the are supposed to be teaching God's ways. Then they will probably start to question it.
What do you think Chillingsworth saw on Dimmesdale's chest?
He saw his sins on his chest.
Why doesn't Hester allow Pearl to have her father in her life?
Maybe she is torn between allowing him to be in her life and the importance of keeping the father a secret.
Why was it such a sin that Hester did such a thing? Why was it in the time of witch trials?
It's such a sin because they are puritans. Puritans are very religious strict. One of their "commandments" is adultery just like in the "Crucible" with John Proctor and Abigail Williams. This specific case it's not just an affair...a child was also conceived from this.
Was it necessary to punish Hester in a way that would make her stand out from others and embarrass her for her mistake with the letter on her chest? Why do others care so much about one persons sin?
Why don't Hester and Dimmesdale just run away together? If they don't fix it now then they will just live the rest of their lives in a lie. Wouldn't it be easier if they just ran away to a new town where no one knew them and started over?
I totally agree with you, but running away is the easy option. I wish they would band together and fight the system, but that's just the liberal and stubborn side of me. Their views were so corrupted it makes me want to fight.
Will Chillingworth ever try to get back with Hester?
I would like to know how Dimmesdale's and Hester's relationship began. The idea of the relationship is hard to grasp because the book doesn't exactly give insight to the actual relationship, but just hints that what they had is what created the baby. I would also like to know why Chillingsworth is so set on getting revenge on Dimmesdale. Does he actually care for Hester or is he just an evil guy? I think he's just evil.
I was wondering the same thing.
Why is only Hester punished for her sin and not Dimmesdale as well. I know that nobody knows but if he loves her that much shouldn't he confess and take part the blame?
I think he is scared about his reputation. Although it is shameful on Hester's part, imagine how bad it would look if the closest servant of God did the same thing? It would give people a bigger heart attack than the one they got from Hester!
I know that in part of religion, there is the concept of forgiveness, as there is also in life. I do not understand how these people can claim to be people of god if all they do is shun Hester and never allow her to truly live a normal life. I understand there is shame in the action that she has done, but I feel as though personal belief is played into the punishment. So my question is, why can't anyone forgive Hester? Are they to prideful of being perfect?
Why does Mr. Dimmesdale become famous for his sermons?
Why do they perceive the letter as gold and red, but once focus on the red?
What does the gold really mean and why is the gold not emphasized more?
I was thinking the same question.
Why doesn't Hester just leave with Pearl and go somewhere else where nobody knows her?
I think Hester feels that it is her duty to accept her punishment whether she likes it or not. She most likely still wants to keep to her faith and accept her mistake.
I have been reading it, but I don't understand it, so I have to go to Spark note or Gradsaver to actually understand it completely. Any advice to actually understand it?
We obviously know that Chillingworth wants to keep his identity a secret, but do you think now that he knows who Hester had an affair with he will announce his true identity to everyone? Or should he consider it?
Why does Hester let everyone walk all over her? Why doesn't she stand up for her self and say that she fell in love with another man?
She doesn't stand up for herself because she knows that no one will stand up for her with her. No one understands her side because no one has experienced it because it's a sin. She would be fighting a fire that she couldn't contain.
My question is, how did Hester and Dimmesdale begin? They never give an insight to that. And how will they end? Or, will they?
I was wondering the same thing, how did they start?
Where is Dimmesdale's scarlet letter?
Dimmesdale's "A" is on his chest where no one can see it but and it reminds him of the sin he committed.
Why wouldn't Hester leave after she was able to? Why did she stick around in the town that people tortured her by the looks they gave her and their words?
What will happen when Chillingsworth finds out who the other guy is?
I think he will get his revenge he has planned.
Why isn't Dimmesdale coming forward??
Why are the town children such menacingly cruel miniature versions of their parents? I mean Pearl is cruel back...after the kids antagonize her though. Why can't they just try to accept her? It's not like she has a choice in the matter..
Will Hester and Dimmsdale have another baby?
What makes Hester so different from everyone else? Why is she so easily able to accept her sin, while Dimmesdale suffers guilt and pain by keeping it a secret?
I think that Dimmesdale suffers the guilt and pain because he is looked upon as a good man, seeing that he is a minister.
What good will come out of revenge for Chillingsworth after the damage is done?
Is Chillingworth's sin going to be known by the entire town soon? And if so, what's going to happen?
He is too worried about what the people will think of him. I think he will take it to his grave.
Will Dimmesdale confess his sin or continue to live with guilt? Will Chillingsworth eventually tell who he really is?
I don't believe Chillingworth is going to tell because it is part of his revenge. I think he is going to torture him so much he is eventually going to confess to his own sin.
Is Dimmesdale going to end up committing suicide because of all the guilt from his sin?
I believe that even though his guilt is so great, suicide would only increase it. Suicide is right up there with murder on the "don't do, it's a sin", list.
Will the town ever find out that Chillingworth is Hester's husband? Does Hester view Dimmesdale as weak for not coming forward about their sin?
Is Chillingworth going to torture Dimmesdale to the point where he is eventually going to confess his sin?
How can the scarlet letter have a happy ending for Hester, Dimmesdales and pearl?
Was the symbol of the meteor meant for Dimmesdale or is he being paranoid?
I think it was meant for Dimmesdale to always remind him of the sin he had done.
Is pearl really evil or a so called "demon child" or is she just acting like any other child would and given the circumstances it is being perceived differently?
Why does Dimmesdale write his sin on his chest and also why does he keep torturing himself?
Are Hester and pearl secretly plotting an evil plan? It seems to me that one is the devil, and the other is the child of the devil...
Can't tell if she is embracing her punishment or if she is just not taking it seriously.
Why is Pearl beginning to rebel in a way?
Since shes been born she been isolated from everyone around her, so she might be thinking why do I have to act the way they want me to even though their not nice to me.
Why is pearl an outcast to the other children
Why is it that even though everyone is a puritan and they all have sins, why do they have to abuse her all the time?
Same reason we pester celebrities in everyday life. It is something that entertains us.
Why doesn't hester move away?
She won't she is too proud
Will Chillingworth really seek revenge if so isn't he just as bad as Hester?
Yes he will, my opinion, he won't be as bad as hester.
Why does Hester swear not to release the name of Pearls father?
If revenge is necessary, what do you think it would be?
Revenge is never necessary no matter cause.
No I don't think it is. I think it happened so move on and live life.
What is this book about?
This book is about hypocrisy, sinning, romance, and supernatural. All set in the 1800s
Why doesn't dimmsdale confess his sin?
He might be to ashamed to confess.
Why is everyone so worried about what Hester did? I understand she had a baby out of wedlock and back in those days it wasn't accepted, but shouldn't people still want at least a little bit of privacy?
Why doesn't Hester just tell Chillingworth who the father is if he says he'll leave her alone?
Why is there so much drama?
Because Hester is Dimmesdale's baby momma when she already had a husband
Why doesn't Dimmsdale confess and ask for forgiveness?
He is scared he will be shunned like Hester!
Who is Hester's actual lover?
Why does Chillingsworth care so much about Hester and her secret? Why doesnt he reveal himself?
Does Pearl know Dimmesdale is her father?
What is Pearl's meaning when she said "reunite at noontide."?
Why wouldn't Dimmesdale at least help Hester out with pearl?
Because he's the reverend so he is looked at highly and if he helped people would make the connection between them and he would be revealed.
Is Chillingworth going to get revenge?
What exactly is on Dimmsdales chest? Is it an A like Hester's?
What is on Dimmsdales chest? I have a lot of ideas what it could be but I keep coming back to the letter A like hesters?
Why doesn't Hester try to stand up for herself? Because of the time period would she have gotten in bigger trouble for trying to stand up for herself?
What questions come to mind as you are reading?