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Unification In the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne the three scaffold scenes provide the novel with basic structure and perfect balance The scaffold scenes unite the plot and the four main characters together Also each scene atop the scaffold symbolizes a major turning point in the novel where sin is either confessed andor developed The first scaffold scene is where the reader meets all of the significant characters Hester Prynne Pearl Rev Dimmesdale and Mr Chillingworth In this important scene the novel focuses on Hesters newly found scarlet letter that she got from committing adultery and not telling who her partner in sin was It is in the first scene that Hester confesses her sin and for the first time displays her scarlet letter to the townspeople From this point on the whole community shuns her and looks down upon her as she is a sinner Before Hester climbs the scaffold she feels weak and grim due to her stay in the town prison yet once upon it she proves her strength by displaying her beautifully embroidered A to the townspeople for judging Also up to this point in the novel Hesters child Pearl is just an innocent baby free of sin However after Hesters display she now lives on as a symbol of love a product of her parents sin Reverend Dimmesdale is also present at this scene He is there to interrogate Hester as to who the father of her child is Although we know he is the father of her child Hester once again shows her strength as she will not reveal who the father is Hesters scarlet letter pains Rev Dimmesdale just as much as it does Hester and he shows this by every time he is upon the scaffold placing his hand over his heart The second scaffold scene starts with Dimmesdale He is standing alone atop the scaffold with the weight of his
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