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Recurring events show great significance and elucidate the truth beneath appearances In The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne chooses the scaffold scenes to show powerful differences and similarities Each scaffold scene foreshadows the next and brings greater understanding of the novel By beginning with the first continuing with the middle and ending with the last platform scene we can gain a better understanding of this masterpiece At the beginning of the book Hester is brought out with Pearl to stand on the scaffold Here the scarlet letter is revealed to all Reverend Dimmesdale Pearls Father is already raised up on a platform to the same height as Hester and Pearl and Roger Chillingworth Hesters lost husband arrives stands below and questions the proceedings As Hester endures her suffering Dimmesdale is told to beseech the woman to confess It was said So powerful seemed the ministers appeal that the people could not believe but that Hester Prynne would speak out the guilty name His powerful speech shows Dimmesdales need to confess This scene sets the stage for the next two scenes A few years later the event is again repeated It is very similar to the other and helps us understand the torment of Dimmesdale As before the tortured Reverend Dimmesdale goes first on to the platform He seeks a confession of his sins a second time by calling out into the night He then sees Hester and Pearl coming down the street from the governors house As before they are asked to go up on the scaffold and be with the minister At this time Pearl questions the minister if he will do this at noontide and he answers no He once again is too much of a coward to confess out in the open The similarities continue with a revelation of another scarlet letter Up in the sky a scarlet A shines forth Roger Chillingworth arrives and tells the minister to get down from
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