Analyze the author’s characterization of Dimmesdale at this point in the novel.
Compare the two scenes that have occurred on the scaffold, analyzing their significance in the novel.
Book: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne — Chapter 12: The Minister’s Vigil
According to the narrator on pp. 62–63, one consequence of Dimmesdale’s failure to publicly confess his guilt was
the deterioration of his mental health.
that Hester and Pearl have lost all respect for him.
that he was seen by the town as a hypocrite.
his decision to turn to witchcraft.
Which choice provides the best evidence to support the answer to the previous question?
“There was witchcraft…so elvish.” (p. 62)
“In such a case…history and fate.” (p. 62)
“So vivid was…at once annihilated.” (p. 63)
“And there stood…between those two.” (p. 62)
What does Pearl request of Dimmesdale twice on p. 61? How does he respond and what does his answer reveal about him?
Compare the scaffold scene described in Chapters 2 and 3 with this scaffold scene in Chapter 12. What is similar and different about these two scenes?