Character Analysis Scarlet Letter

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SCENE: 17TH CENTURY BOSTON, then a Puritan settlement.

CHARACTER OVERVIEW:

Hester Prynne: Heroine
• passionate and strong—she endures years of shame and scorn (due to adultery)
• protagonist and the wearer of the scarlet letter (a patch of fabric in the shape of an “A,” signifies that Hester is an “adulterer.”)
• married an elderly scholar, Chillingworth, who sent her ahead to America to live never followed her
• waiting then had an affair with a Puritan minister named Dimmesdale o then gave birth to Pearl.
• She equals both her husband and her lover in her intelligence and thoughtfulness.
• alienation causes her to make acute observations about her community, particularly about its treatment of women

Pearl : Hester’s illegitimate daughter
• young girl with a moody, mischievous spirit and an ability to perceive things that others do not o EX: quickly finds out the truth about her mother and Dimmesdale (the lover).
• The townspeople say that she barely seems human and spread rumors that her unknown father is actually the Devil(how ironic).
• wise far beyond her years, frequently engaging in ironic play having to do with her mother’s scarlet letter

Roger Chillingworth: Hester’s Husband
• self-absorbed and both physically and psychologically monstrous o single-minded pursuit of retribution reveals him to be the most malevolent character in the novel
• ACTUALLY Hester’s husband in disguise. o much older than Hester is and had sent her to America while he settled his affairs in Europe
 Then captured by Native Americans
• Then arrives in Boston belatedly and finds Hester and her illegitimate child being displayed on the scaffold.
• lusts for revenge, and thus decides to stay in Boston despite his wife’s betrayal and disgrace
• a scholar and uses his knowledge to disguise himself as a doctor, intent on discovering and tormenting…...

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