Why does Hester change from being a passionate woman to a meaner and more harsh?
I think she makes that transaction because of all she has been through. As people start to accept her more, she starts to like other people less.
She held it in her anger so long, then she could not take it anymore.
Why is Dimmesdale so upset when he finds out Chillingworths identity and past with Hester, even though he had not even shown her his love?
I think she changes because she's fed up being treated the way she is.
Why does Hester become a meaner person even though people are starting to accept her more?
I think Hester's anger comes from her own guilt of keeping her relationship with Dimmesdale a secret. She is probably getting fed up of having to hide it from Chillingworth.
Why does Chillingworth continue on with his quest for revenge, even after he realizes Dimmesdale is the real father and Hester begs him to move on from it?
Maybe because Chillingworth knows it all and still feels like he wants to make Hester suffer that extreme. I was also wondering that, but can't give an exact answer.
Why did Dimmesdale go so long to not tell of his sin? Why put Hester through that trouble and pain of being by herself?
Maybe because Dimmesdale was scared to.
I think he holds out, because he didn't want the town turning against him and outcasting him. He is supposed to be a well-respected, law-biding Puritan and something as sinful as his relationship with Hester would put a spin on the whole towns perspective of how they live and trust their officials. Also, because Hester didn't give him up in the beginning...they both know the possible harm that telling could inflict.
I believe that he waited to tell his sin because he didn't want the town to look at him like how they look at Hester. He didn't want the reputation.
I think Dimmesdale kept the sin from the town so long because of the guilt he would have to bare. Not only that, but how the town would treat him, since he was highly respected citizen. He didn't really force Hester not to tell either. She had chosen to keep the sin a secret. Although, in the end his guilt gives in.
Why does Hester change? She was so nice before and now she's totally different...
I believe that she changes due to all of the shame and embarrassment that she was put through. She may also be tired of having to hide things from others.
How can the meaning of the "A" change so drastically over this short time? It went from adultery to Abel and even angel...it's a complete turn around. But why?
It has actually been several years since the town learned of Hester's sin. Now that time has passed, the people realize how Hester has accepted her punishment without hesitation and that she obviously sees her mistake. She has in a way redeemed herself to the people and showed how she can be useful and helpful.
Why does Chillingworth continue with his cover up and revenge? He already knows the truth. Also, why does Hester wait so long to tell Dimmesdale about Chillingworth?
I believe that Chillingsworth keeps the act up because he wants Hester to worry and to feel the pain that she brought upon him. I believe that Hester waits so long because she knows it is getting to the point where Chillingsworth is going to do something bad and she finally wants forgiveness from everything, so she tells Dimmesdale.
Why does Chillingsworth keep doing what he's been doing? Is he trying to prove a point?
I was trying to figure that out, does he even have a point? Maybe he is just trying to get back at Hester.
In chapters 19-20 why does Hester remove the scarlet letter from her chest? Also why is Pearl so enthused with by it and makes Hester put it back on?
Why did he make her go through it all alone?
Because he didn't want to take the blame with her.
*Maybe it is because he felt like a hypocrite if he confessed his sin.
Why is Hester meaner now that people are starting to accept her?
What is Chillingworth really trying to accomplish at this point?
To figure out who pearls dad is.
What will pearl do when she grows up?
She will probably spend all of her money.
What will Pearl be like when she gets older?
I think she will follow in ester's footsteps as far as being a seamstress. But I think she will wait to see who her true love really is.
Why didn't Hawthorne just use the "A" for able from the beginning of the story?
Hawthorne wanted it as Adultery to explain her sin but now that everyone has forgave her he uses it as Able.
Do you think Dimmesdale put together the pieces of what Chillingworth was trying to do after Hester told Dimmesdale that he was her ex husband?
Yes I think he understands now why Chillingworth has such an interest in him.
Why do you think Dimmesdale was so angry and reluctant to forgive Hester for not telling him that Chillingworth was her former husband when he has yet to tell his own secret?
I think he was so angry because he has been going through his daily life seeing Chillingworth and not realizing that he was Hesters husband. But in the end he realizes he has his own sin so that is why he cools down and doesnt take it to far with being angry.
Where do Hester, Pearl and Dimmesdale really disappear too? Was it to Europe or did they just stay in the forest?
Why doesn't Pearl accept Dimmesdale as her father?
I think its because she doesn't know who her true father is.
I think she doesn't because she didn't have a father for so long and has had a rough life because of it. Also, maybe because he didn't confess which made Pearl and her mother's life hard? I was wondering the same thing.
Why do you think Chillingworth told the captain that he didnt have to wait for Dimmesdale, that he would take care of him?
I think to make sure he can take over him & actually "have" Dimmesdale in a sense.
Do you think Hester still loves Chillingworth?
I think in a way she does and in a way she doesn't.
Do you think Dimmesdale had any suspicions about Chillingsworth? Was it that much of a shock when hester told him that chillingsworth was her husband?
I would think so, because Dimmsdale refused Chillingworth's medicine and order food instead. And for Chillingworth's being the husband, no, Dimmsdale knew it.
Does Chillingworth know that Dimmsdale know about him and his evil plans?
No. Although there might begin to be some suspicion between Hester, Chillingworth, Dimmsdale, and even Pearl very soon.
Now that Hester has removed the "A" from her garment, do you think Pearl will respect her the same way as if Hester wore the A?
Pearl is so use to the letter on her mother. Rejecting the letter is like rejecting her daughter.
Why exactly does Hester stay in Boston?
Why is Pearl so hesitant toward Dimmesdale?
I think Pearl is so hesitant toward Dimmesdale, because she doesn't really know how he feels about her. Sometimes he seems to be like her dad and love her, but then when she asks if he will claim her and Hester on the scaffold, he says no. I think she is just confused on his role in her life, and if he loves her or not.
Why does Hester become a meaner person even though people are starting to accept her more?
Why is hester acting so mean? Is it because she is hiding dimmsdale from chillingsworth? People are actually starting to accept her, why is she acting like this?
Why does pearl like it when her mother wears the scarlet letter on her chest?
In my opinion, it's because she's so familiar with her mother wearing it.
I agree with Elliot. To Pearl the "A" is a part of who Hester is so she doesn't like when her mother doesn't wear it because it could mean she's not the same person.
Why did Chillingworth give a Pearl his inheritance, when he was out to get Hester and Pearl and wanted nothing good for them?
I think it is because he had no one else to give it to and he still respected them in a way for all they went through. Plus, Dimmesdale died and that's all he really wanted.
Why did Dimmesdale feel like a stranger to everyone after talking to Hester in the woods? Is it because he finally faced the truth?
Why did Hester return to the town that gave her nothing but trouble?
She returns because she feels like she needs to repay the community by helping the poor and sick.
Why did Hester and Pearl disappear for several years before returning?
I was wondering the same thing and why Hester decided to return after all that time?
I think that Hester left to see if it would help her and Pearl connect to each other more.
Why did a Pearl turn into a dark child?
Pearl turned into a dark child because she hadn't got to feel that true love from her father because she didn't know who the man was. But once she found out who, she welcomed him and that gave her a chance of a happy life to be loving and sweet.
Why did Chillingsworth leave all of his money to Oearl?
I think Chillingworth left all his money with Pearl because in heart he claimed her as his own child.
Why does Hester and Pearl come back to the community after leaving for several years?
They come back to the community after leaving for several years because she felt like she needed to repay her debt and sin by helping out the poor and sick.
What was Hester's reaction when the captain told her that Chillingworth was joining on the ship?
I think Hester was mostly scared and worried because it seemed like Chillingworth was up to something and it wouldnt be good.
Why did Chillingworth leave all his money for Pearl? Why not Hester?
Part of Chillingworth will always love Hester but he can never forgive her for cheating on him so Pearl is the closets thing related to Hester that Chillingworth can love. plus Pearl never really had a true father figure in her life so Chillingworth was trying to give her at least a taste of it.
What makes Dimmesdale finally want to tell the truth and admit to his sin?
Why at the end of the book did Hester finally decide to leave once everything was already said and done? And why did she end up coming back AGAIN?
Why does Chillingsworth give his left over property to Pearl after seeking revenge on Hester & Dimmesdale?
Chillingsworth realizes that Pearl couldn't help what Hester and Dimmesdale did. He wants to seek revenge on them because they both committed a sin and they did it behind his back.
Chillingsworth also doesn't have anyone else to give his money to, so he gives it to her.
Why does Chillingsworth keep on going on going on his quest for revenge? Why does he give Pearl his money?
Where did Hester end up getting buried at?
She was buried in a graveyard right next to Dimmesdale.
What was the cause of Dimmesdale's death?
They don't know for sure. There are a few explanations like him starving himself, but it is unknown.
What makes people become soo evil like chillingsworth
When someone goes through harsh experiences it turns them to become harsh.
Does the townspeople forgive Dimmesdale from his sin?
I think a lot of people pretended that he only stood up there with Hester to show everyone that they were on the same level and NOT that he was the one who got her pregnant. I think everyone just denied it.
Why did it take Dimmesdale so long to finally confess his sin?
I think he wanted to wait and tell everyone just before he died so he didnt have to deal with it throughout his whole life like Hester did but he ended up being torn apart by the secret anyway
Why wouldn't Hester try being friendly with everyone when they are being nice to her?
I think she wasn't as friendly because of all the hatred they had previously put her through.
Why did Pearl get all of Chillinsworth's money?
What did Hester get put on her grave?
It was an "A"
What is so special about Hester's grave?
Why did Pearl let Dimmesdale kiss her after he confessed that she was his child.
Why does the book have to end the way it does? The true happy ending is what they were aiming for and it isn't achieved. Is this also a theme of the book, and how you can't escape your sins fully?
Will the town ever forgive their pastor for the sin he committed? Do they even believe that such a high power could commit such a crime?
Why did Dimmesdale have to die after saying his sins? He took too long to be honest, but why did death come from that?
It was probably "punishment" for not coming clean sooner
Why does Chillingsworth leave everything to pearl when she isn't his daughter?
Even though he isn't the father, he still loves Hester and pearl, because it is Hester's daughter.
So why did pearl and Hester come back to their community? What reason?
Why does Chillingsworth die shortly after Dimmsdale? Is revenge really that important to him to where he had nothing to live for anymore? Why was Hester buried next to him?
What questions come to mind as you are reading?