Study Questions for The Scarlet Letter, Ch. 15-end:

 

Ch. 15

 

Ch. 16

 

Ch. 17

 

Ch. 18

 

Ch. 19

 

Ch. 20

 

Ch. 21

 

Ch. 22

 

Ch. 23

·        How does the congregation react to Dimmesdale’s election day sermon?

·        Examine the relationships between various characters: Dimmesdale and Hester, Dimmesdale and Chillingworth, Dimmesdale and Pearl. How do these characters perceive and respond to Dimmesdale’s confession? How does Dimmesdale perceive each of them?

·        How does Dimmesdale perceive himself? Does he consider himself saved or damned?

·        On the scaffold, Dimmesdale asks Hester, “Is this not better than what we dreamed of in the forest?” What difference in outlook between the two lovers does this question reveal?

·        Why does Chillingworth say, “Thou hast escaped me!”

 

Ch. 24

 

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