In the first scaffold scene, the writer writes Could it be true? Through his last words, Dimmesdale represented goodness as he conveyed to the townspeople that God does not see different degrees of sin, but sees everyone as sinners in need of his salvation. In this case, the criminal is Hester Prynne and the crowd has gathered to witness her shame. Even in his defiance, then, Dimmesdale is appropriated by the Puritan system as a means of reinforcing its pre established messages. In the first scaffold scene, Hester is being led from the prison where she has spent the last few months, towards the scaffold seizing her newborn babe to her bosom, covering the vermilion letter-the two symbols stand foring truth and her lost artlessness. Again, we see Dimmesdale and Hester and Pearl , but this time, the lovers appeared to be both on the platform of shame. I charge thee to speak out the name of thy fellow-sinner and fellow-suffered! The second time at the scaffold was a turning point for Hester.
Knowing that confession could bring a downfall to his reputation as a minister, he denies any public acknowledgment of involvement in the sin. Chillingworth demands Hester to give him the name of her partner in sin but she will not do so. Also, when Dimmesdale calls Hester and Pearl up onto the scaffold, Chillingworth practically begs him to stay silent and claims that he can still save Dimmesdale. However, Pearl shows that Dimmesdale's repentance isn't complete when she asks him if he'll stand on the scaffold with her and her mother in the light of day. Hawthorne utilizes the three scaffold scenes throughout the novel in order to manifest the progression of Dimmesdale from a craven, self-preserving, and religiously bound minister to a more candid and truly passionate father.
A mortal man, with once a human heart, has become a fiend for his especial torment! But he opposes to me with a young man's oversoftness, albeit wise beyond his years that it were wronging the very nature of woman to force her to lay open her heart's secrets in such broad daylight, and in presence of such a great multitude. Soon after the sermon the procession reformed and started towards the town hall where a banquet was offered on this grand occasion. The secret in his heart has become unbearable to him and he tries to unburden his heart at midnight. Although there were only a few people present to hear him boast in his weakness, he still stood upon the scaffold and spoke about his most wretched sin symbolizing a miniscule step in the direction of goodness. Although Dimmesdale is finally ridden from his sin, he dies immediately after his repentance from the massive amounts of damage that had been caused over the past seven years. And, of course, death is present also.
This time, although the townspeople are not present, they talk about the scarlet A in the sky throughout the next day. In conclusion, Hawthorne uses three different scaffold scenes to mark the development of Hester Prynne. These scenes unite the plot, themes, and symbols in a perfect balance. In the first scaffold scene Hester Prynne is depicted standing alone while clutching her baby. The basic structure for the novel is also provided by the scaffold scenes because everything else revolves around what happens during these scenes. Throughout the entire book, Dimmesdale was battling with his lack of courage towards repentance, but the only times he made progress was while he was at the scaffold. This is beneficial to the novel because it allows Hawthorne to verbally illustrate dramatic scenes that pertain to each character individually.
One of the most complex and misunderstood symbols in this novel is Pearl, the daughter of Hester Prynne. By beginning with the first, continuing with the middle, and ending with the last platform scene, we can gain a better understanding of this masterpiece. He tells them about the real sinner who has corrupted innocent Hester Prynne. The scaffold transforms throughout the book because they are there for different reasons. In the 2nd scaffold scene, it seems as if Hester has changed from sinne R into a citizen who now has a occupation in society, and that she no longer yearns for Dimmesdale and Dimmesdale no longer covets her. The final scaffold scene in some ways mimics the first. What can thy silence do for him, except it tempt him—yea, compel him, as it were—to add hypocrisy to sin? The story opens with a scaffold scene which serves as a tool to introduce and unify the four main characters in the novel.
Now the leaders of the community exhort Hester to disclose the name of her fellow sinner. In contrast to the first scaffold scene, the second one happened during the night, completely unseen by the other villagers. Nearby, stood Arthur Dimmesdale, asking his secret lover to reveal the name of the father of that child. The scaffold represents how futile the punishment is because it does not change Hester in any way. It is also used when talking about the red rosebush that grew outside of the prison along with the weeds. He confesses on the scaffold where Hester once stood with shame in hopes of receiving eternal peace because of his repentance. He once again is too much of a coward to confess out in the open.
He seems an old, disappointed man, finding that the one he had waited three years to join had, during that time, left him for another. The vermilion missive, like the scaffold merely portrayed the futility of the penalty. He has only acknowledged his sin to God and that they will all stand together on judgment day 148-149. And I conceive, moreover, that the hearts holding such miserable secrets as you speak of will yield them up, at that last day, not with reluctance, but with a joy unutterable. However, instead of appeasing to society and breaking down, she locks her broken feelings of guilt within herself and allows it to fabricate a callous demeanor.
And the words that he speaks to her have double meaning, one for the audience and another to Hester and his own self. The First Scaffold Scene While many critics have imposed various structures on this novel, the scaffold scenes are by far the most popular means of pointing out the perfect balance of Hawthorne's masterpiece. The steps of the scaffold became the walk of death for many people before they were beheaded. The second time at the scaffold was a turning point for Dimmsdale. In his spiritual torture, he cries out with a shriek of agony that is heard by Hester and Pearl as they journey to their home from the bed of the dying Governor Winthrop.