Identify the significance of the scarlet letter in Chapters 2 and 3.
Analyze the narrator’s characterization of Dimmesdale in Chapter 3.
Book: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne — Chapter 3:The Recognition
What does the scarlet letter signify in Chapters 2 and 3?
How does the narrator characterize Dimmesdale in Chapter 3?
stern and strict
innocent and angelic
compassionate and compelling
rebellious and power-hungry
Compare Reverend Dimmesdale’s treatment of Hester Prynne to her treatment by Reverend Wilson or the townspeople. In what way does he seem different? What might be the author’s purpose in creating some contrast here? Explain using evidence from the text.
There are two big questions that students should be wondering: Who is the strange man? Who is the baby’s father?