Identify and analyze Hawthorne’s use of juxtaposition in “A New England Holiday.”
Book: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne — Chapter 21: A New England Holiday
Which statement best describes a technique Hawthorne uses to characterize the Puritans on pp. 105–106?
He emphasizes the Puritan’s hypocrisy by comparing their holiday festivities to those in England.
He underscores their dreary lives by describing their dull clothing in much detail.
He hints at their unforgiving attitudes by showing their judgmental interactions with Hester.
He demonstrates their lack of spontaneity by contrasting them with the Native Americans and the sailors.
The author uses Pearl’s phrase, “here in the sunny day, and among all the people, he knows us not,” to develop the idea that
Pearl cannot forgive her mother and Dimmesdale for their sins.
Soon Pearl, Hester, and Dimmesdale will be able to start a new life together.
Dimmesdale remains trapped by his inability to publicly confess the truth.
Puritans are hypocritical people who cannot allow happiness to anyone.
Choose one example of juxtaposition in Chapter 21, and explain how it develops the theme of hypocrisy.
What “secret and fearful meaning” does Chillingworth’s smile convey at the end of the chapter? Explain.