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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is characterized by three major events that occur on the town scaffold What takes place on this platform will determine the path which the three main characters Hester Prynne Mr Dimmsdale and their daughter Pearl will follow The three scenes mark the beginning middle and end of their ignominy The scaffold is a platform where criminals are punished before all the townspeople In this case the criminal is Hester Prynne and the crowd has gathered to witness her shame The first scene at the ominous platform is Hesters first public appearance with the child and the scarlet letter Hesters husband Roger Prynne Chillingworth makes a sudden reappearance and is among the onlookers The Reverend Mr Dimmsdale is also there but he does not stand with Hester on the scaffold instead he stands on the balcony with those who pass judgment on her During this time Reverend Mr Wilson demands that Hester give the name of her lover He gives her the chance to take the scarlet letter off her breast if she were to speak out his name64 Had she relented and revealed his name she might never have had to endure the humiliation of the scarlet letter But she refused and so her path was set The second time at the scaffold was a turning point for Hester She Pearl and Dimmsdale are together for the first time the three formed an electric chain as if they were always meant to be together if something or someone had not gotten in their way 140 But it is here that Hester finally realizes the damage which hiding Chillingworths identity has caused Dimmsdale Chillingworth was a secret enemycontinually at his side under the semblance
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