Analyze how the author develops the theme of sin and redemption in this chapter.
Book: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne — Chapter 17: The Pastor and His Parishioner
Which of the following best characterizes the relationship between Hester and Dimmesdale as it is revealed in this chapter?
They are two people who may once have loved each other, but all evidence of that love is now gone.
They are essentially strangers, and they both regret the passionate encounter they had many years back.
They remain in love with each other despite all of the time and hardship that has come between them.
They may have once loved each other but now are both filled with animosity toward each other.
The main purpose of the lines, “He has violated, in cold blood, the sanctity of the human heart. Thou and I, Hester, never did so!” on p. 86, is to
introduce Chillingworth as Hester’s husband.
describe Chillingworth’s irredeemably evil nature.
list the ways in which Hester, Chillingworth, and Dimmesdale are all guilty of committing sins.
depict Chillingworth’s sins as much graver than Hester or Dimmesdale’s sins.
Which statement best characterizes Hester and Dimmesdale’s disagreement about sin and redemption?
Hester believes they have paid for their sins and can leave the colony in good standing with God, while Dimmesdale believes that his penance is to stay and minister to the colonists.
Hester believes that their sin of passion is unforgivable, while Dimmesdale believes that Chillingworth’s sin is the only unforgivable sin amongst the three of them.
Dimmesdale believes that while Hester has done penance by wearing the letter, he remains guilty and unforgiven because he has hidden his crime.
Dimmesdale believes that he is too exhausted to consider living a new life, while Hester believes that a new life would set him free.
Explain how Hawthorne develops the theme of sin and redemption in Chapter 17. Use evidence from the chapter to support your answer.
The focus area suggested by the aim is sin and redemption. While some portion of class must focus on this aim, it is also possible to focus today’s class on the thematic topic of love.