Identify and analyze the significance of Hester’s decision to remove the scarlet letter from her breast.
Explain the significance of Pearl’s reaction to Reverend Dimmesdale.
Book: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne — Chapter 18: A Flood of Sunshine and Chapter 19: The Child at the Brook-Side
What is the significance of Hester’s decision to discard the scarlet letter in this chapter?
Hester is abandoning the shame of her past and embracing the freedom of a new future.
Hester is rejecting the expectations for women in Puritan society and asserting her worth as an independent woman.
Hester is denying her sin and acknowledging injustice in her community.
Hester is recognizing that her guilt runs deeper than a material emblem and encouraging Dimmesdale to confess his sins.
What is the significance of Pearl’s reaction to Reverend Dimmesdale in today’s chapters? Explain using evidence from the text.