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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne by Mind Map: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Plot

is about the tragic tale of a woman, Hester Prynne, who has been convicted for adultery against her husband, Roger Chillingworth, and is sentenced to a lifelong public shame for it.

Her punishment was to wear a large scarlet "A" upon her breast for as long as she lived.

As she perseveres through this shame for several years, she does not reveal the identity of the man of which she committed adultery with.

Although the man, who is Arthur Dimmesdale, is not revealed to their peers, both he and Hester are constantly tormented by the crime they had done together and reminded of it by the daughter, Pearl, that was conceived through this crime

Chillingworth eventually discovers that it was Dimmesdale who had partaken in the crime with his former wife and tortures him for it in subtle, but effective manners.

Dimmesdale then finally reaches a breaking point where he would reveal to the village that it was him who had committed adultery with Hester Prynne on the very spot that she was publicly shamed years before.

After confessing this fact, Dimmesdale falls dead and Hester and Pearl leave town for several years, but only Hester would return, still wearing the "A" upon her breast and would even be buried in there along with Dimmesdale.

Theme

can best be described as one of shame and how those who are plagued by it cope with the shame in various ways, be it through repression or through acceptance and perserverance

Tone

The author's tone towards the novel is serious, formal, and solemn

Literary Elements

circumlocation, imagery, metaphor, symbolism, and chiasmus.