Anti Essays offers essay examples to help students with their essay writing.

Sign Up

The Scarlet Letter

  • Submitted by: barrelracers13
  • on March 18, 2012
  • Category: Miscellaneous
  • Length: 636 words

Open Document

Below is a free excerpt of "The Scarlet Letter" from Anti Essays, your source for free research papers, essays, and term paper examples.

The Scarlet Letter

                    The book begins by explaining that Hester Prynne has committed
adultery and has a child with a man that is not her husband.  Hester will not
ell who the father of this child (Pearl) is.  As a punishment for her sin, she
must stand on a scaffold and receive the insults of the people for three hours
and she must wear a scarlet “A” on her bosom for the rest of her life as a
symbol for her sin.
          Hester was sent before to husband to Massachusetts.  Her husband,
however, never made it to Massachusetts and was assumed lost or dead on
the Pacific.  Hester found out this was not true when she saw her husband
standing in the crowd watching her on the scaffold.  Later, Hester’s husband
visits her in jail.  Roger apologizes that he was late but explains that he was
captured by Indians and held captive.  He convinces Hester not to reveal that
he is her long lost husband, but swear that he will find and seek revenge on
the father of this baby.

        Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale and his friend John Wilson are introduced
at the scaffold begging Hester to reveal the father of the baby so that he may
suffer just as Hester does.  Ironically, it turns out that Arthur Dimmesdale
was the father of the baby and he and Hester knew it.  Roger Chillingworth
who was a physician as well as Hester’s husband, moves in with Reverend
Dimmesdale because Dimmesdale was growing ill

 While living with Dimmesdale, he grows suspicious that Dimmesdale is the
father of Pearl and seeks revenge on him by hurting him more than curing
him of his illness.  But this was only a suspicion until one night,
Chillingworth opened Dimmesdale’s shirt while he was sleeping and
discovers a scarlet A on Dimmesdale’s Chest.  Chillingworth continue to
torture Dimmesdale.

        Hester and Pearl were let out of prison when their term was up.  At this
point, pearl was a young girl.  She was, however, drawn to the A on Hester’s
chest, a...

Show More


MLA Citation

"The Scarlet Letter". Anti Essays. 10 Dec. 2018


APA Citation

The Scarlet Letter. Anti Essays. Retrieved December 10, 2018, from the World Wide Web: http://parimatchstavki7.com/free-essays/The-Scarlet-Letter-187230.html