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* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: Dimmesdale is the father of Pearl.


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* ItWasHisSled: Dimmesdale is the father of Pearl.


* {{Narm}}: In the film, the poor guy about to hang Dimmesdale gets shot by an Indian in the throat '''three times'''! And continues stumbling around in the midst of the huge battle. It's almost a OverlyLongGag.
* SlowPacedBeginning: "The Custom-House" chapter is too long and has nothing to do with the story.

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* {{Narm}}: In the film, the poor guy about to hang Dimmesdale gets shot by an Indian in the throat '''three times'''! And continues stumbling around in the midst of the huge battle. It's almost a an OverlyLongGag.
* SlowPacedBeginning: "The Custom-House" chapter is too very long and has nothing to do with the story.


* DesignatedHero: Despite publicly slut-shaming the woman he committed adultery with, Dimmesdale is supposed to be a good guy. He does redeem himself, but [[RedemptionEqualsDeath only at the very literal end.]]

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* DesignatedHero: Despite publicly slut-shaming the woman he committed adultery with, Dimmesdale is supposed to be a good guy. He does redeem himself, but [[RedemptionEqualsDeath only at the very literal end.end, [[RedemptionEqualsDeath when he has nothing left to lose.]]


* BrokenBase: The so-called introduction. Is it a fictional FramingDevice or Hawthorne's real life behind the scenes essay (if this case it's also BasedOnAGreatBigLie)? You'll find plenty of editions, including academic ones, that omit it as deeming it to be the latter.
** While this rarely goes into disliking of the book itself you will find some fans of Hawthorne who consider how the book is used in modern english lit have hurt Hawthorne's reputation. These people generally feel The Scarlet Letter is a poor choice to be your "first" or "only" Hawthorne exposure. Mainly just reading the Scarlet Letter may turn some off from reading more Hawthorne, but reading more Hawthorne will make you appreciate The Scarlet Letter more. This averted by those who legitimately think this was the man's MagnumOpus and/or the only one worth making the cut.

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The so-called introduction. Is it a fictional FramingDevice or Hawthorne's real life behind the scenes essay (if this case it's also BasedOnAGreatBigLie)? You'll find plenty of editions, including academic ones, that omit it as deeming it to be the latter.
** While this rarely goes into disliking of the book itself you will find some fans of Hawthorne who consider how the book is used in modern english English lit have hurt Hawthorne's reputation. These people generally feel The ''The Scarlet Letter Letter'' is a poor choice to be your "first" or "only" Hawthorne exposure. Mainly just reading the ''The Scarlet Letter Letter'' may turn some off from reading more Hawthorne, but reading more Hawthorne will make you appreciate The ''The Scarlet Letter Letter'' more. This averted by those who legitimately think this was the man's MagnumOpus greatest novel and/or the only one worth making the cut.

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* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: Dimmesdale is the father of Pearl.

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** While this rarely goes into disliking of the book itself you will find some fans of Hawthorne who consider how the book is used in modern english lit have hurt Hawthorne's reputation. These people generally feel The Scarlet Letter is a poor choice to be your "first" or "only" Hawthorne exposure. Mainly just reading the Scarlet Letter may turn some off from reading more Hawthorne, but reading more Hawthorne will make you appreciate The Scarlet Letter more. This averted by those who legitimately think this was the man's MagnumOpus and/or the only one worth making the cut.


* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Suffice it to say that most modern students who read the book in high school today (in a day and age where societal norms have changed) cannot see what the big deal is or why ''anyone'' would be so willing to accept a punishment the way Hester did (comparing English Lit and History is rarely suggested.)


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* ValuesDissonance: Suffice it to say that most modern students who read the book in high school today (in a day and age where societal norms have changed) cannot see what the big deal is or why ''anyone'' would be so willing to accept a punishment the way Hester did (comparing English Lit and History is rarely suggested.)


* FairForItsDay: Hester Prynne can be considered a "proto-feminist" figure, being a single mother who earned her keep despite being''somewhat'' attached to her stigma even after she's freed. It's notable too that unlike other literary DefiledForever female protagonists, Hester got to live a full life, see to it that her child received a good life, and die of old age. It helps that the text encourages us not to judge Hester for her actions and doesn't take a standpoint on how she should handle her situation.

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* FairForItsDay: Hester Prynne can be considered a "proto-feminist" figure, being a single mother who earned her keep despite being''somewhat'' being ''somewhat'' attached to her stigma even after she's freed. It's notable too that unlike other literary DefiledForever female protagonists, Hester got to live a full life, see to it that her child received a good life, and die of old age. It helps that the text encourages us not to judge Hester for her actions and doesn't take a standpoint on how she should handle her situation.


* IronWoobie: Hester has been scapegoated and shamed by almost everyone, but she struggles to atone and redeems herself.



* TheWoobie: Hester.


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** Later, it's said in the end, Hester imagined herself as some kind of savior but her mind quashes the notion. But the text makes it clear that this is in Hester's mind and leaves the reader to decide whether this is low self-esteem or just an admission of humility.

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** Later, it's said in the end, end Hester imagined herself as some kind of savior but her mind quashes the notion. But the text makes it clear that this is in Hester's mind and leaves the reader to decide whether this is low self-esteem or just an admission of humility.



* BrokenBase: The so-called introduction. Is it a fictional FramingDevice or Hawthorne's real life behind the scenes essay (if this case it's also BasedOnAGreatBigLie). You'll find plenty of editions, including academic ones, that omit it as deeming it to be the latter.

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* BrokenBase: The so-called introduction. Is it a fictional FramingDevice or Hawthorne's real life behind the scenes essay (if this case it's also BasedOnAGreatBigLie). BasedOnAGreatBigLie)? You'll find plenty of editions, including academic ones, that omit it as deeming it to be the latter.



* DesignatedHero: Despite publicly slut-shaming the woman he committed adultery with Dimmesdale is supposed to be a good guy. He does redeem himself, but [[RedemptionEqualsDeath only at the very literal end.]]
* FairForItsDay: Hester Prynne can be considered a "proto-feminist" figure, being a single mother who earned her keep despite being''somewhat'' attached to her stigma even after she's freed. It's notable too that unlike other literary DefiledForever female protagonists, Hester got to live a full life, see to it that her child receive a good life, and die of old age. It helps that the text encourages us not to judge Hester for her actions and doesn't take a standpoint on how she should handle her situation.

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* DesignatedHero: Despite publicly slut-shaming the woman he committed adultery with with, Dimmesdale is supposed to be a good guy. He does redeem himself, but [[RedemptionEqualsDeath only at the very literal end.]]
* FairForItsDay: Hester Prynne can be considered a "proto-feminist" figure, being a single mother who earned her keep despite being''somewhat'' attached to her stigma even after she's freed. It's notable too that unlike other literary DefiledForever female protagonists, Hester got to live a full life, see to it that her child receive received a good life, and die of old age. It helps that the text encourages us not to judge Hester for her actions and doesn't take a standpoint on how she should handle her situation.



* {{Narm}}: In the film, the poor guy about to hang Dimmesdale gets shot by an Indian in the throat '''three times'''! And continues stumbling around in midst of the huge battle. It's almost a OverlyLongGag.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Suffice to say that most modern students who read the book in high school today (in a day and age where societal norms have changed) cannot see what the big deal is or why ''anyone'' would be so willing to accept a punishment the way Hester did. (Comparing English Lit and History is rarely suggested.)

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* {{Narm}}: In the film, the poor guy about to hang Dimmesdale gets shot by an Indian in the throat '''three times'''! And continues stumbling around in the midst of the huge battle. It's almost a OverlyLongGag.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Suffice it to say that most modern students who read the book in high school today (in a day and age where societal norms have changed) cannot see what the big deal is or why ''anyone'' would be so willing to accept a punishment the way Hester did. (Comparing did (comparing English Lit and History is rarely suggested.)



** Roger Chillingworth. He is portrayed as wickedly and disturbingly obsessed, though Hester does note that she shouldn't have wronged him in the first place. He does little or nothing objectively bad (somewhat depending on interpretation). He has done a lot of good things though: at great personal risk he has learned medicine from the Indians and uses it for the benefit of the community. He forgives Hester, even saying that her infidelity was mostly his fault, and medicates Pearl. He also lets her go, despite the fact that apparently he still loves her. He helps the man he suspects is the man who cuckolded him, even Dimmesdale admits that Chillingworth saved his life. Chillingworth correctly insists that Dimmesdale needs to fess up to whatever is on his conscience to truly regain his health. Yet everyone, including, the narrator, Dimmesdale, Hester and Chillingworth himself assumes he does all of these things for the worst reasons.
** Pearl. The public, and even Hester at times, in the book sees her as a product of sin. The fact that she is a child of a single mother, shunned by the community as well as mentioning that she could have had a better life if Hester just leave the village make her more sympathetic than she was probably intended to be. Many readers also think that she is a girl misunderstood by the whole community (who take every little "bad" thing she does and connects it to her being an illegitimate child) and brought up by a mother too distracted by her guilt to discipline her.

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** Roger Chillingworth. He is portrayed as wickedly and disturbingly obsessed, though Hester does note that she shouldn't have wronged him in the first place. He does little or nothing objectively bad (somewhat depending on interpretation). He has done a lot of good things though: at great personal risk he has learned medicine from the Indians and uses it for the benefit of the community. He forgives Hester, even saying that her infidelity was mostly his fault, and medicates Pearl. He also lets her go, despite the fact that apparently he still loves her. He helps the man he suspects is the man who cuckolded him, even him-even Dimmesdale admits that Chillingworth saved his life. Chillingworth correctly insists that Dimmesdale needs to fess up to whatever is on his conscience to truly regain his health. Yet everyone, including, including the narrator, Dimmesdale, Hester and Chillingworth himself assumes he does all of these things for the worst reasons.
** Pearl. The public, and even Hester at times, in the book sees her as a product of sin. The fact that she is a child of a single mother, shunned by the community as well as mentioning that she could have had a better life if Hester would just leave the village village, make her more sympathetic than she was probably intended to be. Many readers also think that she is a girl misunderstood by the whole community (who take every little "bad" thing she does and connects it to her being an illegitimate child) and brought up by a mother too distracted by her guilt to discipline her.



** Nicely averted with Hester. Although Hester is grieved and despondant at her place as an outcast, she gathers dignity to live and redeems herself gradually to her townsfolk -- she is forced to take responsibility, and so she does so. Dimmesdale, her obvious foil, wastes himself away.

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** Nicely averted with Hester. Although Hester is grieved and despondant despondent at her place as an outcast, she gathers dignity to live and redeems herself gradually to her townsfolk -- she is forced to take responsibility, and so she does so. Dimmesdale, her obvious foil, wastes himself away.


** Pearl. The public, and even Hester at times, in the book sees her as a product of sin. The fact that she is a child of a single mother, shunned by the community as well as mentioning that she could have had a better life if Hester just leave the village make her more sympathetic than she ought to be. Many readers also think that she is a girl misunderstood by the whole community (who take every little "bad" thing she does and connects it to her being an illegitimate child) and brought up by a mother too distracted by her guilt to discipline her.

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** Pearl. The public, and even Hester at times, in the book sees her as a product of sin. The fact that she is a child of a single mother, shunned by the community as well as mentioning that she could have had a better life if Hester just leave the village make her more sympathetic than she ought was probably intended to be. Many readers also think that she is a girl misunderstood by the whole community (who take every little "bad" thing she does and connects it to her being an illegitimate child) and brought up by a mother too distracted by her guilt to discipline her.


** Pearl. The public, and even Hester at times, in the book sees her as a product of sin. The fact that she is a child of a single mother, shunned by the community as well as mentioning that she could have had a better life if Hester just leave the village make her more sympathetic. Many readers also think that she is a girl misunderstood by the whole community (who take every little "bad" thing she does and connects it to her being an illegitimate child) and brought up by a mother too distracted by her guilt to discipline her.

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** Pearl. The public, and even Hester at times, in the book sees her as a product of sin. The fact that she is a child of a single mother, shunned by the community as well as mentioning that she could have had a better life if Hester just leave the village make her more sympathetic.sympathetic than she ought to be. Many readers also think that she is a girl misunderstood by the whole community (who take every little "bad" thing she does and connects it to her being an illegitimate child) and brought up by a mother too distracted by her guilt to discipline her.


** Pearl. The public, and even Hester at times, in the book sees her as a product of sin. She's probably a girl misunderstood by the whole community (who take every little "bad" thing she does and connects it to her being an illegitimate child) and brought up by a mother too distracted by her guilt to discipline her.



** Roger Chillingworth. He is portrayed as wickedly and disturbingly obsessed, though Hester does note that she shouldn't have wronged him in the first place. He does little or nothing objectively bad (somewhat depending on interpretation). He has done a lot of good things though: at great personal risk he has learned medicine from the Indians and uses it for the benefit of the community. He forgives Hester, even saying that her infidelity was mostly his fault, and medicates Pearl. He also lets her go, despite the fact that apparently he still loves her. He helps the man he suspects is the man who cuckolded him, even Dimmesdale admits that Chillingworth saved his life. Chillingworth correctly insists that Dimmesdale needs to fess up to whatever is on his conscience to truly regain his health. Yet everyone, including, the narrator, Dimmesdale, Hester and Chillingworth himself assumes he does all of these things for the worst reasons.

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** Roger Chillingworth. He is portrayed as wickedly Chillingworth, Dimmsdale and disturbingly obsessed, though Hester does note Pearl have all received different interpretation that she shouldn't decrease or increase the level of sympathy the readers have wronged him in the first place. He does little or nothing objectively bad (somewhat depending on interpretation). He has done a lot of good things though: at great personal risk he has learned medicine from the Indians and uses it for the benefit of the community. He forgives Hester, even saying that her infidelity was mostly his fault, and medicates Pearl. He also lets her go, despite the fact that apparently he still loves her. He helps the man he suspects is the man who cuckolded him, even Dimmesdale admits that Chillingworth saved his life. Chillingworth correctly insists that Dimmesdale needs to fess up to whatever is on his conscience to truly regain his health. Yet everyone, including, the narrator, Dimmesdale, Hester and Chillingworth himself assumes he does all of these things for the worst reasons.towards them. See below.


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* UnintentionallySympathetic:
** Roger Chillingworth. He is portrayed as wickedly and disturbingly obsessed, though Hester does note that she shouldn't have wronged him in the first place. He does little or nothing objectively bad (somewhat depending on interpretation). He has done a lot of good things though: at great personal risk he has learned medicine from the Indians and uses it for the benefit of the community. He forgives Hester, even saying that her infidelity was mostly his fault, and medicates Pearl. He also lets her go, despite the fact that apparently he still loves her. He helps the man he suspects is the man who cuckolded him, even Dimmesdale admits that Chillingworth saved his life. Chillingworth correctly insists that Dimmesdale needs to fess up to whatever is on his conscience to truly regain his health. Yet everyone, including, the narrator, Dimmesdale, Hester and Chillingworth himself assumes he does all of these things for the worst reasons.
** Pearl. The public, and even Hester at times, in the book sees her as a product of sin. The fact that she is a child of a single mother, shunned by the community as well as mentioning that she could have had a better life if Hester just leave the village make her more sympathetic. Many readers also think that she is a girl misunderstood by the whole community (who take every little "bad" thing she does and connects it to her being an illegitimate child) and brought up by a mother too distracted by her guilt to discipline her.

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** Hawthorne plays with just how much Hester's motivation to stay near a town that shuns her is selfish, due to imagined obligations stemming from guilt, or a human need to atone due to her conditioning by her old religious society. Nonetheless, he portrays her as nurturing as she could be, to both her child and the Puritan folks she assists.
** Later, it's said in the end, Hester imagined herself as some kind of savior but her mind quashes the notion. But the text makes it clear that this is in Hester's mind and leaves the reader to decide whether this is low self-esteem or just an admission of humility.


** Roger Chillingworth. He is portrayed as wickedly and disturbingly obsessed, though Hester does note that she shouldn't have wronged him in the first place.
*** Actually he does little or nothing objectively bad (somewhat depending on interpretation). He has done a lot of good things though: at great personal risk he has learned medicine from the indians and uses it for the benefit of the community. He forgives Hester, even saying that her infidelity was mostly his fault, and medicates Pearl. He also lets her go, despite the fact that apparently he still loves her. He helps the man he suspects is the man who cuckolded him, even Dimmesdale admits that Chillingworth saved his life. Chillingworth correctly insists that Dimmesdale needs to fess up to whatever is on his conscience to truly regain his health. Yet everyone, including, the narrator, Dimmesdale, Hester and Chillingworth himself assumes he does all of these things for the worst reasons.

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** Roger Chillingworth. He is portrayed as wickedly and disturbingly obsessed, though Hester does note that she shouldn't have wronged him in the first place. \n*** Actually he He does little or nothing objectively bad (somewhat depending on interpretation). He has done a lot of good things though: at great personal risk he has learned medicine from the indians Indians and uses it for the benefit of the community. He forgives Hester, even saying that her infidelity was mostly his fault, and medicates Pearl. He also lets her go, despite the fact that apparently he still loves her. He helps the man he suspects is the man who cuckolded him, even Dimmesdale admits that Chillingworth saved his life. Chillingworth correctly insists that Dimmesdale needs to fess up to whatever is on his conscience to truly regain his health. Yet everyone, including, the narrator, Dimmesdale, Hester and Chillingworth himself assumes he does all of these things for the worst reasons.



** "[[UnusualEuphemism A Flood of Sunshine]]"?

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