Describe the mood, tone, and setting as established by Hawthorne in Chapter 1.
Analyze Hawthorne’s use of symbolism to introduce a major theme of the novel.
Book: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne — Chapter 1: The Prison Door
What does the phrase, “have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison,” suggest about the Puritans depicted here?
They are a serious and severe people.
They are a very practical community.
No one can know for sure what their society was like.
Many criminals had invaded their peaceful colony.
It can be reasonably inferred from Hawthorne’s descriptions that the prison door represents the ways in which Puritan society is
skillful and resourceful.
practical and cold.
old and decaying.
harsh and strict.
Hawthorne’s description of the rosebush as showing a condemned prisoner that “the deep heart of Nature could pity and be kind to him” indicates that the bush mostly symbolizes
the natural world.
Describe how Hawthorne juxtaposes the prison door and the rosebush to reveal some of the central conflict and themes of the novel. Use evidence to support your answer.