The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter
"In this chapter, Dimmesdale considers himself to be "the one sinner of the world" , but is able to get Hester and Pearl to stand with him. Due to this, Chillingworth says that Dimmesdale has escaped his revenge but Hester wonders if they will still be together in the future. All of this relates to the themes of some good comes from evil, hidden sin has consequences, and that society judges what they don't understand.
Gothic Novel Evidence
1. Self destruction: Dimmesdale tortured himself
2. Recognized with images of woods: When you went into the forest you were affiliated with “The Black Man”
3. Believed that humans were far from perfect and were evil as they were good: Town leaders believed that people were bad, and evil as they were good
4. The two sides interplay with the scarlet letter
5. Recognized through images of maze: Dimmesdale is trying to find his way through the maze of his emotions
6. Near obsession with evil: Chillingworth was obsessed with evil
7. View the world as evil: Chillingworth viewed the world as dark because he felt like he was betrayed by Hester
8. Memory of past crime or sin: Most of the characters throughout the novel have memory of past sin or crime
9. Death and decay: The death of Dimmesdale and Chillingworth at the end of the novel
10. Repressed fears and desires: Hester has repressed fears, and Dimmesdale’s repressed fear would be Hester because he was afraid of people finding out about them
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter”, Pearl is somewhat lost in the mix of all the chaos surrounding her. Her biological parents love was forbidden and her mother was shunned for past decisions. In the novel her biological family and society are the two conflicting forces that illuminate the themes of sin, rebellion, revenge and judgement.
Her mom was forced to wear the scarlet letter (sin) which led to Pearl being mocked for it. (judgement)
They met in the woods and wanted to run off together but Dimmesdale (rebellion/sin) wouldn’t be seen in public with the two. (judgement)