History Literature / TheScarletLetter

8th Feb '17 4:47:49 PM DoctorCooper
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* BeardOfEvil: Roger Chillingworth has a beard and is seeking revenge.

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* BeardOfEvil: Roger Chillingworth has a Chillingworth's long beard is emphasized and he is seeking revenge.



%%* BurnTheWitch

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%%* BurnTheWitch* BurnTheWitch: Mistress Hibbins dies executed as a witch.
29th Jan '17 10:09:00 PM CarolC
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* GreyAndGreyMorality: Arguably a huge theme of the book. Despite its reputation for not portraying Puritans in a good light, Hawthorne goes out of its ways to depict the Puritans, even the obstructive bureaucrats, to be complicated misguided people and fully capable of changing their mind about Hester Pyrnne and rethinking their social beliefs (enough that it's implied they allowed Hester to be buried with Dimmesdale). Even Roger Chillingworth, although depicted as the most evil character, is not without sympathetic edges (also see RedemptionEqualsDeath entry).


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* ParentsAsPeople: Plenty of scholars pointed out that Hester was capable of boarding a ship away from the Puritan society and maybe find Pearl a much loving environment, though her strange spiritual obligation to stay near her Puritan village (and lover) is a bit self-serving. Though she does her best taking care of Pearl and creating a loving environment within her home, even if society shuns them
2nd Jan '17 8:37:49 PM kataangluvr
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* CrazyJealousGuy: Roger Chillingworth isn't too happy to learn about his wife's infidelity.
2nd Jan '17 7:27:19 PM kataangluvr
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* CrazyJealousGuy: Roger Chillingworth isn't too happy to learn about his wife's infidelity.
30th Dec '16 10:21:08 AM Mswordx24
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* DoubleStandard: Examined -- Hester takes the rap for committing adultery as Dimmesdale stands free, but not from his conscience. After all, signs of adultery were... more visible in a woman.
** Bear in mind that the townspeople want Hester to tell them who fathered Pearl, both so that Pearl can know who her father is and so he can share in Hester's punishment. Dimmesdale goes so far as to say that her lover probably wants her to name him and would come forward on his own but is too afraid; he is of course completely correct about that.
6th Nov '16 3:57:47 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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No, not the little red "x" that means a picture link is broken.

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No, not the little red "x" that means a picture link is broken.
broken. Nothing to do with the Administrivia/PermanentRedLinkClub, either.
31st Oct '16 11:34:32 AM longWriter
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* GenteelPoverty: Hester's family in England is this.


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* ImpoverishedPatrician: Hester's family in England is this.
19th Oct '16 1:15:50 PM CarolC
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* BittersweetEnding: Dimmesdale comes to terms with his sin too late before death. For all the difficulties Hester faced, she still managed to have a positive effect on her community and offer comfort and advice to its outcasts. Despite considering herself far-from-saintly upon death, she discovered satisfaction in life.
11th Jul '16 6:28:41 PM LaStella
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** Chillingworth has a very chilling personality.

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** Chillingworth has a very chilling personality. Considering that this is not his real name (he is the husband of Hester ''Prynne'', after all) and given some of his narration, it seems that he understood it himself and chose a name accordingly.



* UnreliableNarrator: According to the preface, the narrator is basing his novel is based on a historical record. Obviously he is making most of it up, including almost all of the dialogue, since all the eyewitnesses to these meetings are dead by the end of the novel.

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* UnreliableNarrator: According to the preface, the narrator is basing his novel is based on a historical record. Obviously he is making most of it up, including almost all of the dialogue, since all the eyewitnesses to these meetings are dead by the end of the novel.
11th Jul '16 6:21:10 PM LaStella
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* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Although Hester is never again welcomed by the community after her disgrace, she works hard and thanklessly to provide for and help anyone in need in the community, to the point where people start to say that her "A" stands for "able" or "admirable" -- although Hester herself never forgets what it really means.

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* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Although Hester is never again welcomed by the community after her disgrace, she works hard and thanklessly to provide for and help anyone in need in the community, to the point where people start to say that her "A" stands for something like "able" or "admirable" -- although Hester herself never forgets what it really means.



* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Mr. Bellingham, Mrs. Hibbins and Governor Winthrop were real. It is unknown whether the real Mistress Hibbins was Bellingham's brother.

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Mr. Bellingham, Mrs. Hibbins and Governor Winthrop were real. It is unknown whether the real Mistress Hibbins was Bellingham's brother.sister.
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