Analyze Hawthorne’s portrayal of Hester and her situation in Chapter 2.
Book: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne — Chapter 2: The Marketplace
Which of the following best describes the demeanor of the crowd as described in paragraph one?
The narrator’s description of the women in the crowd as “morally, as well as materially” of a “coarser fiber” indicates that they are
guilty and dishonest.
gracious and kind.
unattractive and harsh.
pious and virtuous.
What do you, the reader, know about Hester and her situation after having read the first two chapters of the novel? What techniques (select from the list below) does Hawthorne use to reveal this information? Use relevant details from the text to support your answer.
The teacher might wish to provide a visual depicting the layout of an early New England settlement or ask students to do a quick sketch based on descriptions in the novel. Particularly, the proximity of the prison, the marketplace, and the scaffold might help students visualize the action of the novel.