Synthesize two assessments of Hester’s motherhood.
Explain how name reveals character in the novel.
Book: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne — Chapter 8: The Elf-Child and the Minister
What is the significance of names in this novel? Select one of the characters we discussed in class, and explain how his or her name reflects his or her character.
Briefly synthesize both Governor Bellingham’s argument against and Reverend Dimmesdale’s argument in favor of Hester’s raising Pearl.
Hawthorne’s choice of names for his major characters (Hester Prynne, Chillingworth, Dimmesdale, Pearl) reveals something about each character’s nature and role in the novel. Students should investigate each of the four characters listed above today.