History Literature / TheScarletLetter

27th Oct '17 12:26:49 PM bitemytail
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6th Jul '17 8:13:25 PM Fireblood
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* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: Chillingworth was separated from Hester for a very long time, and she figured he was dead, falling into the arms (and bed) of Rev. Dimmesdale. It turns out she was wrong; her husband is very much alive...and [[GreenEyedMonster jealous and vengeful]]. (He generously forgives her, even stating that it mostly his own fault. Her lover is a completely different matter.)

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* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: Chillingworth was separated from Hester for a very long time, and she figured he was dead, falling into the arms (and bed) of Rev. Dimmesdale. It turns out she was wrong; her husband is very much alive...and [[GreenEyedMonster jealous and vengeful]]. (He generously forgives her, even stating that it was mostly his own fault. Her lover is a completely different matter.)



* AntiVillain: Chillingworth. While he wants revenge, he also has used his knowledge of medicine for benefit of the people, forgives Hester, heals her and her child in the prison and then saves Dimmesdale's life. However, he attacks Dimmesdale to torture him as a revenge.

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* AntiVillain: Chillingworth. While he wants revenge, he also has used his knowledge of medicine for the benefit of the people, forgives Hester, heals her and her child in the prison and then saves Dimmesdale's life. However, he attacks Dimmesdale to torture him as a in revenge.



* AuthorVocabularyCalendar: "Ignominy," "ignominious"

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* AuthorVocabularyCalendar: "Ignominy," "ignominious""ignominious".



* BeardOfEvil: Roger Chillingworth's long beard is emphasized and he is seeking revenge.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Played with. Hester is at her most beautiful when she's at her best spiritually. The ugliest of the [[GossipyHens gossipy women]] is the most merciless. Dimmesdale becomes less and less healthy, and thus less beautiful, as he descends into madness. Chillingworth is ugly at the start, and becomes hideous by the end.

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* BeardOfEvil: Roger Chillingworth's long beard is emphasized emphasized, and he is seeking revenge.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Played with.{{Played with}}. Hester is at her most beautiful when she's at her best spiritually. The ugliest of the [[GossipyHens gossipy women]] is the most merciless. Dimmesdale becomes less and less healthy, and thus less beautiful, as he descends into madness. Chillingworth is ugly at the start, and becomes hideous by the end.



* CaptainObvious: "The moment when a man's head drops off is seldom, or never, I am inclined to think, precisely the most agreeable of his life.

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* CaptainObvious: "The moment when a man's head drops off is seldom, or never, I am inclined to think, precisely the most agreeable of his life."



* {{Forgiveness}}: Chillingworth forgives Hester even saying that it is mostly his own fault. Her accomplice, however, is a completely different matter...

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* {{Forgiveness}}: Chillingworth forgives Hester Hester, even saying that it is mostly his own fault. Her accomplice, however, is a completely different matter...



* TheHeroDies: Hester dies at the ending.
* HeroicBastard: Pearl

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* TheHeroDies: Hester dies at the ending.
end.
* HeroicBastard: PearlPearl.



* IgnoredEpiphany: At one point, Chillingworth has a moment of realization as how low he's sunk in his quest for vengeance. He keeps going.

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* IgnoredEpiphany: At one point, Chillingworth has a moment of realization as to how low he's sunk in his quest for vengeance. He keeps going.



* 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
* ThePenance: Dimmesdale punishes himself with [[ATasteOfTheLash whippings]], fastings and vigils.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: A particularly blatant example. The antagonist Chillingworth does objectively good things: He gains great medical knowledge from the indians at considerable personal risk and uses it for the benefit of the community. When Chillingworth comes home to see his wife (and indirectly himself) publicly shamed, he comforts Hester, medicates her and her daughter and mostly blames himself for his wife's infidelity. He helps Dimmesdale medically and emotionally by correctly insisting that Dimmesdale will never fully recover until he relieves himself of whatever is weighing his heart. Despite these good acts, the Puritans of Boston seem ungrateful for having a man who has put so much effort into becoming a great doctor for them and seem to interpret everything he does in the worst possible light. Everyone, including the narrator and Chillingworth himself assumes that he is doing everything for the very worst of reasons. Just to hammer in his badness the narrator makes Chillingworth ugly and uglier as the story goes on. Protagonist Dimmesdale on the other hand does objectively bad things by impregnating Hester so she is exposed to public shame and causing her a great deal of guilt and then letting Hester take all the blame and all responsibility for the child. He is extremely hypocritcal in participating in the public shaming of Hester, even pretending to try to make her give away the name of her lover. He neither has the courage to confess and face the consequences, nor to take his secret to the grave. Choosing the most cowardly possible solution he waits until he only has seconds left to live to confess. Yet he obviously has the sympathy of the narrator, Hester and all of Boston.

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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
them.
* ThePenance: Dimmesdale punishes himself with [[ATasteOfTheLash whippings]], fastings fasts and vigils.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: A particularly blatant example. The antagonist Chillingworth does objectively good things: He he gains great medical knowledge from the indians Indians at considerable personal risk and uses it for the benefit of the community. When Chillingworth comes home to see his wife (and indirectly himself) publicly shamed, he comforts Hester, medicates her and her daughter and mostly blames himself for his wife's infidelity. He helps Dimmesdale medically and emotionally by correctly insisting that Dimmesdale will never fully recover until he relieves himself of whatever is weighing his heart. Despite these good acts, the Puritans of Boston seem ungrateful for having a man who has put so much effort into becoming a great doctor for them and seem to interpret everything he does in the worst possible light. Everyone, including the narrator and Chillingworth himself himself, assumes that he is doing everything for the very worst of reasons. Just to hammer in his badness the narrator makes Chillingworth ugly ugly, and uglier as the story goes on. Protagonist Dimmesdale on the other hand does objectively bad things by impregnating Hester so she is exposed to public shame and causing her a great deal of guilt and then letting Hester take all the blame and all responsibility for the child. He is extremely hypocritcal hypocritical in participating in with the public shaming of Hester, even pretending to try to make her give away the name of her lover. He neither has the courage to confess and face the consequences, nor to take his secret to the grave. Choosing the most cowardly possible solution he waits until he only has seconds left to live to confess. Yet he obviously has the sympathy of the narrator, Hester and all of Boston.



* ReformedButRejected: Double subversion. Hester ''does'' regain the respect of the community by continuously being charitable and a hard worker in spite of her sin, so much so the magistrate urged her to remove the scarlet "A," which she had been under no obligation to keep wearing anyway. Even so, Hester feels that society shouldn't claim her back and that she must find her own way of dealing with her sin.
* SlutShaming: Hester is being discriminated by the people because of her adultery.

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* ReformedButRejected: Double subversion. Hester ''does'' regain the respect of the community by continuously being charitable and a hard worker in spite of her sin, so much so that the magistrate urged her to remove the scarlet "A," which she had been under no obligation to keep wearing anyway. Even so, Hester feels that society shouldn't claim her back and that she must find her own way of dealing with her sin.
* SlutShaming: Hester is being punished and discriminated toward by the people because of her adultery.
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.
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