Chapter In Richard Dimmesdale's 'The Scarlet Letter'

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Jillian Strauss Chapter 11 11/11/13 Free Writing What is the subject matter of the chapter? Dimmesdale's guilt makes him hate himself. He punishes himself physically and emotionally, staying up nights thinking about confessing, and starving and whipping himself. His health crumbles, as does his sense of self. As the narrator observes, "To the untrue man, the whole universe is false." Yet the chapter ends with the suggestion that Dimmesdale has come up with a plan that might help him ease his suffering. Who is the speaker? The speaker is the man who found the letter A in the Custom House What is the central turning point within the chapter? The turning point of this chapter would be that Dimmesdale confesses to being Pearls father. But the congregation does not believe him; they think he is just portraying his holiness. As a punishment for his sin Dimmesdale whips himself. What are the chapters ruling images? The ruling images in this chapter are the sorrow and hatred that Dimmesdale has for himself and beating himself with a whip. What contribution does this chapter make the novel as a whole? This chapter makes a big contribution to the novel because it is the chapter that leads to Dimmesdale later having to wear the scarlet letter as punishment for what he has done.…show more content…
Along with strong characterizations of Dimmesdale and Chillingworth, Hawthorne makes two additions to the plot in this chapter: first, the confirmation that Chillingworth no longer has doubts about the minister's guilt; thus, he has undertaken a planned a campaign to cause vengeance on the man who seduced his wife and fathered a child by her. Second, a specific statement about the methods and degrees of Dimmesdale's own

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