The Scarlet Letter Structural BreakDown


This is The Scarlet Letter, structural break down for  chapter ten through eleven.

After having conversed with my fellow scholars over chapter ten through eleven I realized that not everyone’s has the ability to find an exact interpretation with a group of people. Without the diverse selection of view points, interpretations, understanding and enlightenment, a lot of information in those two chapters would likely be misinterpreted. This caused me to feel empathetic for those who do  not experience this learning style and instead I’ve decided to bring it to you. Or I at least plan on helping you to grasp the general themes of importance and guidance through the complex variety of literary devices used by Hawthorne in the book.

Chapter 10:

In this chapter, Hawthorne took time to dive into Roger Chillingworth’s character and he created  a detailed piece of work that lets the reader understand what’s happening at this point of the book. Roger delved through Dimmesdale soul and drove himself relentlessly in search of the truth. Now, he viewed the soul as expendable and he picked through the man’s garbage which most surprisingly appeared to be substances of good character.

After having investigated every displaced piece of Dimmesdale’s physical and spiritual being, he decided that something in between the body and soul. Roger shared similar traits to that which are hounds, for he sniffed and shifted while carefully awaiting with a purpose to steal as he snuck into the man’s chambers in search of a hidden treasure that might disappear with a sudden blink of an eye.

Both characters moved along as if analyzing the latter’s intention or intuition. Roger realized that the only way to inadvertently cause Dimmesdale to repent, he’d have to ask him why men keep to themselves and root their sins within. Oblivious to himself, Dimmesdale lay unaware as he drew an outline for Roger’s personal advantage. The conversation closed with Dimmesdale being in a state of perplexionafter having been affected by his confrontation with either Pearl, Roger Chillingworth or them both.

Having been so in tuned to that which was the man’s soul, Roger became a shadow upon him. Meanwhile, the man remained within his chair and Roger became afigure awaiting  distpatch still, abiding there undiscovered. Revealing itself there upon the man’s bosom, all that Roger had asserted now he may prove. Keep in mind any references towards bosom’s being a source of shame throughout the story.

Chapter 11:

The relationship between the two failed to show any physical forms of shifting or distancing, yet the leach (whom still remains as Roger Chillingworth) was picking apart and pulling the strings behind the dummy like thing which we call the man’s soul.

Dimmesdale was aware of an evil influence being over him, yet could never gain knowledge of it’s actual nature. He acknowledged the other man’s ugliness and he looked upon him in horror of a bitter hatred, yet would reel himself back in to question what poison must dwell within his own heart. He grew more misshapen and hideous than the leech, for it was the his  own doing.

Although, what soon had revealed itself to the reader was the type of power the townspeople and his position of power had over his being. Similar, to how he honestly spake on the behalf of Hester by earnestly proclaiming the beauty in her endurance of her daughter whom was her only treasure and source of torture. His position in society and with the people had once brought him great joy, although in that point of time it was an act of retribution.

Take note of his empathy and understanding nature his torture grants him towards his’ people. His position in the town and the people similarly resembles the situation aforementioned with Hester. Hawthorne presented many scenes that highlighted the flaws in the Puritanical system of belief in society by noting their leader’s hypocrisy.

Hopefully this assisted you with the overwhelming load and please take note of how much I hope you’ll benefit from this, seriously.

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