What is the overall meaning of the scarlet letter?
The scarlet letter is meant to be a symbol of shame, but instead it becomes a powerful symbol of identity to Hester. The letter’s meaning shifts as time passes. Like Pearl, the letter functions as a physical reminder of Hester’s affair with Dimmesdale.
What is the theme of the letter?
Themes in The Letter The way in which the men at the front protected their loved ones at home from the reality of war is one of the main themes in this poem. The friendships formed, the banter and cursing which was exchanged and affection expressed is a powerful theme.
Why does Dimmesdale die?
mwestwood, M.A. Reverend Dimmesdale dies of an illness that haunts his soul. Tormented by his terrible guilt and the psychological torture of Roger Chillingworth who has vowed that “he will be mine,” Dimmesdale is so burdened spiritually that his health fails and he can bear his sin no more.
What happened to Pearl in Scarlet Letter at the end?
In a rather ironic ending, Pearl, the “elf-child” becomes the most human in the final scaffold scene. Having inherited property from Chillingworth, she has become the “richest heiress of her day, in the New World.” With such riches, she may have married well, but her mother has taken her away to Europe.
What drives Chillingworth seek revenge?
Chillingworth does want revenge because, as he says to Hester, this man “has wronged us both!” He feels that he shares some responsibility for Hester’s… (The entire section contains 2 answers and 646 words.)
What is the major theme of the scarlet letter?
The most dominant theme in the novel is that of Sin. By committing the crime of adultery, Hester Prynne has broken a great moral law and a long-established social convention. Society, therefore, condemns her with the three hours standing on the scaffold and with the life-long wearing of the scarlet letter on her bosom.
What sins did Chillingworth commit?
Chillingworth himself, however, intentionally commits the sin of seeking revenge against his fellow man. In addition, Chillingworth hides his feelings of anger and hatred in order to plot his revenge, thereby committing the further sin of deceit. . . .