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Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter centers its plot setting and characters around the unifying scaffold With each encounter at the scaffold the four main characters Hester Pearl Rev Dimmesdale and Mr Chillingworth become more emotionally connected to one another Each of the three meetings symbolizes a major turning point in the novel where a sin is confessed andor developed All four main characters interact together only at the scaffoldDuring the first scaffold scene Hester climbs the scaffold to display her scarlet letter A to the public The townspeople become aware of her sin of adultery and view her differently after this event In the second scene Reverend Dimmesdale climbs the scaffold to confess his sin during the night and Hester and Pearl join him God flashes a great letter A in the sky to show his disapproval toward the Reverends overall behavior The third and final scaffold scene sends the Reverend to heaven and leaves Hester and Pearl on earth to grieve Reverend Dimmesdale uses his final spark of energy to confess to the townspeople his sin that hid deep in his soul Mr Chillingworth watches Hester Pearl and Reverend Dimmesdale in each scene with disbelief Major changes occur on the scaffold that signify a turning point in each character as well as the entirety of the novel Overall the scaffold symbolizes shame confession and death After the first time Hester climbs the scaffold the townspeople shun her from their town Hester forcefully confesses her sin by flashing her scarlet letter A and Rev Dimmesdale confesses his sin by telling the townspeople the truth about himself The deaths of Governor Winthrop and Rev Dimmesdale both occur during confessions on the scaffold All major turning points for the main characters occur hereThe four characters unite at the scaffold bearing many similarities throughout each confrontation Hester and Pearl always attach to one another while on the scaffold Hester holds Pearls body or her hand so that she
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