Ch 5: The Scarlet Letter Chapter Summaries

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This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the specific events that occurred in each chapter of The Scarlet Letter for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Summation of the Custom House
  • Overview of the book climax
  • Detailed synopsis of chapters 1-24

26 Lessons in Chapter 5: The Scarlet Letter Chapter Summaries
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The Custom House in The Scarlet Letter: Summary

1. The Custom House in The Scarlet Letter: Summary

'The Custom House' serves as a very long introduction to Nathaniel Hawthorne's ''The Scarlet Letter.'' 'The Custom House' gives Hawthorne a chance to introduce and express himself as well as his story.

The Scarlet Letter Chapter 1 Summary

2. The Scarlet Letter Chapter 1 Summary

This lesson is a summary of chapter 1 from Nathaniel Hawthorne's ''The Scarlet Letter''. It also includes a brief overview of the historical context of the setting as well as a condensed analysis of important themes in the chapter.

The Scarlet Letter Chapter 2 Summary

3. The Scarlet Letter Chapter 2 Summary

Hawthorne continues to introduce the major themes of the novel, including human fragility, repentance, sin, and nature versus religion and law, in the second chapter. Read on for a summary of chapter two of Nathaniel Hawthorne's ''The Scarlet Letter.''

The Scarlet Letter Chapter 3 Summary

4. The Scarlet Letter Chapter 3 Summary

This lesson is a summary of Chapter three from Nathaniel Hawthorne's ''The Scarlet Letter''. The lesson also includes a brief review of the events leading to Chapter three and a summary of the lesson itself.

The Scarlet Letter Chapter 4 Summary

5. The Scarlet Letter Chapter 4 Summary

This lesson is a summary of Chapter 4 from Nathaniel Hawthorne's ''The Scarlet Letter''. The lesson also includes a brief overview of events leading to chapter four as well as a summary of the lesson.

The Scarlet Letter Chapter 5 Summary

6. The Scarlet Letter Chapter 5 Summary

This is a summary of Chapter 5 from Hawthorne's ''The Scarlet Letter''. The lesson also contains a brief overview of events leading to this chapter and a lesson overview.

The Scarlet Letter Chapter 6 Summary

7. The Scarlet Letter Chapter 6 Summary

In Chapter 6 of ''The Scarlet Letter'', we discover Hester Prynne's thoughts and worries about her daughter Pearl. The little girl not only is an outcast in their town, but also behaves strangely with her mother - so oddly at times, that even her own mother finds Pearl's actions unsettling.

The Scarlet Letter Chapter 7 Summary

8. The Scarlet Letter Chapter 7 Summary

In Chapter 7 of ''The Scarlet Letter,'' we find that Hester plans to speak with Governor Bellingham about her daughter. Hester has learned that some of Boston's leading citizens want Pearl taken from her mother.

The Scarlet Letter Chapter 8 Summary

9. The Scarlet Letter Chapter 8 Summary

This lesson is a summary of chapter eight from Hawthorne's 'The Scarlet Letter.' The lesson includes an overview of events leading to this chapter as well as a discussion of some important allusions and themes. There is also a brief lesson summary.

The Scarlet Letter Chapter 9 Summary

10. The Scarlet Letter Chapter 9 Summary

''The Scarlet Letter'' tells the story of Hester Prynne, a Puritan woman forced to pay for her sins. But Hester, her husband, and the Reverend Dimmesdale all have secrets to keep.

The Scarlet Letter Chapter 10 Summary

11. The Scarlet Letter Chapter 10 Summary

In ''The Scarlet Letter'', Hester wears her shame publicly as the letter 'A'. Others, such as Dimmesdale, have to bear guilt secretly. As seen in chapter 10, this is often a much worse fate.

The Scarlet Letter Chapter 11 Summary

12. The Scarlet Letter Chapter 11 Summary

'The Scarlet Letter' tells the story of sin, confession, pain and truth in 1700s Puritan Boston. Chapter 11 dives deeper in the relationship of Chillingworth and the Reverend.

The Scarlet Letter Chapter 12 Summary

13. The Scarlet Letter Chapter 12 Summary

In Chapter 12 of Nathaniel Hawthorne's ''The Scarlet Letter'', Arthur Dimmesdale tries to find a way to relieve himself of the burden of guilt he's been carrying around for so many years. The lesson begins with a brief review of events leading to this chapter.

The Scarlet Letter Chapter 13 Summary

14. The Scarlet Letter Chapter 13 Summary

This lesson is a summary of Chapter 13 of Hawthorne's ''The Scarlet Letter''. The lesson also contains a brief review of events leading to Chapter 13, which focuses on the Hester's increasing despondency and her changed status in the eyes of the townspeople.

The Scarlet Letter Chapter 14 Summary

15. The Scarlet Letter Chapter 14 Summary

Hester Prynne and Roger Chillingworth both undergo personal changes in Chapter 14 of The Scarlet Letter. These changes affect not only themselves but also the people around them.

The Scarlet Letter Chapter 15 Summary

16. The Scarlet Letter Chapter 15 Summary

In Chapter 15 of ''The Scarlet Letter'', Hester Prynne examines how she feels about Roger Chillingworth, her husband. Hester also analyzes how her daughter has begun to mature, and how she can confront some of Pearl's curiosity.

The Scarlet Letter Chapter 16 Summary

17. The Scarlet Letter Chapter 16 Summary

Chapter 16 of ''The Scarlet Letter'' is set in the forest where Hester Prynne goes, accompanied by her daughter Pearl, hoping to meet Arthur Dimmesdale. While in the forest, Hester and Pearl use their imaginations to pass the time as they wait for the minister to appear.

The Scarlet Letter Chapter 17 Summary

18. The Scarlet Letter Chapter 17 Summary

Hester Prynne and the Reverend Dimmesdale reach a turning point in their relationship in chapter 17 of The Scarlet Letter. What will become of their relationship is yet to come.

The Scarlet Letter Chapter 18 Summary

19. The Scarlet Letter Chapter 18 Summary

In chapter 18 of Nathaniel Hawthorne's ''The Scarlet Letter'', the plot takes an exciting twist when Hester Prynne and the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale decide their fate. Additionally, they plan for Pearl to meet her father.

The Scarlet Letter Chapter 19 Summary

20. The Scarlet Letter Chapter 19 Summary

In Chapter 19 of Hawthorne's ''The Scarlet Letter'', Hester and the Reverend Dimmesdale finally feel a weight lifted off their shoulders with their decision to leave the colony and live as a family with Pearl.

The Scarlet Letter Chapter 20 Summary

21. The Scarlet Letter Chapter 20 Summary

In Chapter 20 of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne and the Reverend Dimmesdale feel renewed and excited as they wait out their plans to leave for Europe.

The Scarlet Letter Chapter 21 Summary

22. The Scarlet Letter Chapter 21 Summary

After making plans with the Reverend Dimmesdale to leave for Europe, Hester Prynne learns some news that could change everything and ruin their chance of starting a new life.

The Scarlet Letter Chapter 22 Summary

23. The Scarlet Letter Chapter 22 Summary

The news of Chillingworth's accompaniment on the boat to England shatters Hester's dreams of starting over with Dimmesdale. She begins to wonder if everything is too good to be true, including Dimmesdale.

The Scarlet Letter Chapter 23 Summary

24. The Scarlet Letter Chapter 23 Summary

In chapter 23 of Hawthorne's 'The Scarlet Letter,' Dimmesdale delivers his most powerful sermon ever, and then makes a choice that will forever change his fate, as well as Hester and Pearl's.

The Scarlet Letter Chapter 24 Summary

25. The Scarlet Letter Chapter 24 Summary

Chapter 24 concludes Hawthorne's novel ''The Scarlet Letter''. This chapter serves as an epilogue, discussing what happens to Chillingworth, Pearl, and Hester Prynne after Dimmesdale dies.

Climax of The Scarlet Letter

26. Climax of The Scarlet Letter

In Nathaniel Hawthorne's ''The Scarlet Letter,'' three different plot threads are woven throughout the story. The point at which these three things converge and crescendo is called the climax. Let's take a closer look!

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