He escapes the diabolical clutches of Chillingworth who, without his victim, shrivels and dies. He once again is too much of a coward to confess out in the open. If anyone were to pass by the scaffold when the meteor shower lit up the night sky they would have seen the minister with his hand over his heart, Hester Prynne with the letter blazing on her breast, and Pearl, the link between the two. It foreshadows a bigger and more powerful scaffold scene. The scaffold represents a place of shame and pity but also of final triumphs. As a consequence of such a use of symbols, no definite truth can be established, and truth itself becomes an uncertain concept. We impute it, therefore, solely to the disease in his own eye and heart, that the minister, looking upward to the zenith, beheld there the appearance of an immense letter, - the letter A, - marked out in lines of dull red light.
Although all these locations are significant to the story, the most important symbol among them is certainly the scaffold in the market place, where the story begins and ends. Through its beautiful and bold design, it is conveyed to the reader that Hester is not hiding behind denial, nor afraid to accept the branding mark of her unbiblical actions, which are also blatantly represented by sin. Hawthorne 62 Dimmesdale said this hoping that Hester would be strong enough to expose the hidden sin that he could not find the courage to confess, but due to her still existing feelings for Dimmesdale, Hester repudiates his demands. If scattered and particular visions must be assembled to represent the truth, along romantic lines, he refuses to adopt the radical idea of totally subjective truth, and even sometimes mocks the possibility to do so. People crowd around her with their gaze fixed at her bosom. It goes without explanation that Hawthorne purposely made the three scaffold scenes the most prominent and dramatic chapters in The Scarlet Letter, but they also unite the entire book together in more than one fashion. This superhuman aspect surfaces through Divine Justice in The Scarlet Letter.
Justice as a blindfold woman carrying scales and a sword can be used as an example to clarify matters. On this occasion the townspeople are present to watch the judgment of Hester. Also, the fact that he tells. The fact that Nathaniel Hawthorne's daughter, Una, served as a model for the character of Pearl also corresponds to this attempt to make her as lively a character as possible. In the first scaffold scene Hester Prynne is depicted standing alone while clutching her baby.
I shall see him tremble. Overcome with terror, Dimmesdale asks Hester about the true identity of Chillingworth. Also, when Dimmesdale calls Hester and Pearl up onto the scaffold, Chillingworth practically begs him to stay silent and claims that he can still save Dimmesdale. Hawthorne has filled every page with deeper meanings and not always a thorough explanation. Hawthorne also describes Dimmesdale once again clutching his heart and resembling his guilt, which continues to fester inside of him and torment his soul.
It seems to curse Dimmesdale's continued cowardice, warning him that his secret will soon be revealed. Hester and Pearl discover him there and join him, acknowledging the bond between the three before none other than themselves. Hester is punished to wear the scarlet letter A, which stands for Adultery, on her breast. The second time at the scaffold was a turning point for Hester. Chillingworth pleads for this so that he can still torment the reverend. Pearl returns to Europe and marries into an aristocratic family. A scaffold's effect on the novel can be seen through an examination of the first, second, and third scaffold scenes.
By expressing an idea in the form of an image, the reader can visualize the concept more concretely. The first scaffold scene begins the novel. After… 957 Words 4 Pages The Signigicance of the Scaffold Scenes in the Scarlet Letter The three scaffold scenes bring great significance to the plot of the Scarlet Letter. This is evident in the beginning, middle and conclusion of the book. Although they brought upon the guilt by themselves, Pearl is innately the image of their regret.
Hawthorne creates a web of references around the letter, both directly and more discreetly, which leads his reader to consider it as a romantic symbol. And Pearl was the oneness of their being. As Hester endures her suffering, Dimmesdale is told to beseech the woman to confess. The abstract word does not refer to reality, and the reader is confronted with the very opposite of a symbol, with a naked abstraction that presents itself as such. The family together on the scaffold A New View of Sin The scaffold's last significant appearance is at the novel's climax. The image of Hester atop the scaffolding is a metaphor for her forced solitude; for her banishment from society; and for the futility of her punishment.
Looking up, Dimmesdale seems to see in the sky a dull red light in the shape of an immense letter A. The novel is based on repenting the sins of adultery. The scarlet letter and the scaffold get fused with the story in such a way that we cannot imagine the story without these two recurrent symbols. The various interpretations given over the years to the symbol by critics by the way confirm the success of this strategy. However, this victory for the entrenched ways seems to be only temporary. Hester's husband, Roger Prynne Chillingworth makes a sudden reappearance and is among the onlookers. What is also learned from this quote is that Hester, is a proud women.