The Scarlet Letter. Chapters 1 and 2. Summary Ch. 1. Begins by looking at a group of men and women in austere clothing standing around a prison door. Hawthorne discusses how settlements always find it necessary to establish a prison.
Chapters 1 and 2
Antinomian- one who holds that under the gospel
dispensation of grace the moral law is of no use or obligation because faith alone is necessary to salvation
Beadle- a minor parish official whose duties include ushering and preserving order at services and sometimes civil functions
Deportment- the way that a person behaves, stands, and moves especially in a formal situation
Edifice- a large and usually impressive building (such as achurch or government building)
Heterodox- not agreeing with established beliefs orstandards
Ignominious- causing disgrace or shame
Magistrate- a local official who has some of the powers ofa judge
Phantasmagoric- confusing or strange, like a dream;always changing in an odd way
Physiognomy- the appearance of a person's face
Scaffold- a platform or structure on which criminals arekilled by being hanged or beheaded
Sin should be punished publicly.
Society needs a scapegoat.
Beauty is for everyone.
The hard-featured dame
Reverend Master Dimmesdale
The puritans used many creative forms of punishment in their society. In The Scarlet Letter, Hester had to wear the letter “A” to let the town know about her crime. Other forms of public shaming, such as putting criminals in stocks, were also common.
Draw a crime from the hat and come up with a punishment for that crime. Write your punishment down on your own sheet of paper and be ready to share it with the class.
Answer on your own sheet of paper:
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