Ch 4: The Scarlet Letter Characters & Setting

About This Chapter

The Scarlet Letter Characters & Setting chapter of The Scarlet Letter Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study key characters and setting in this novel. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the importance of essential characters and setting in The Scarlet Letter.

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Anyone who needs help learning or mastering The Scarlet Letter characters and setting material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the characters and setting in this novel. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
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  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing key characters and setting from The Scarlet Letter
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  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

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  • Watch each video in the chapter to review all key topics.
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  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the chapter exam for The Scarlet Letter Characters & Setting section.

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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the characters and setting from The Scarlet Letter for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Character traits and analysis of key characters including Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, Roger Chillingworth and Pearl, among others
  • Symbolic analysis of the setting, forest, prison door, scaffold and rose bush
  • Real historical figures depicted in the novel; Isaac Johnson, Governor Winthrop and Anne Hutchinson

15 Lessons in Chapter 4: The Scarlet Letter Characters & Setting
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Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter: Description, Traits & Character Analysis

1. Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter: Description, Traits & Character Analysis

In this lesson, we will discuss the heroine of 'The Scarlet Letter,' Hester Prynne. A description of her physical appearance, her traits, and an analysis of her character will be followed by a short quiz.

Arthur Dimmesdale in the Scarlet Letter: Character Analysis & Overview

2. Arthur Dimmesdale in the Scarlet Letter: Character Analysis & Overview

During this lesson, we will examine Arthur Dimmesdale, one of the central characters in 'The Scarlet Letter' by Nathaniel Hawthorne. A brief plot overview, an analysis of his character, and an exploration of a few central images in the novel will be followed by a quiz.

Roger Chillingworth in the Scarlet Letter: Character Analysis & Overview

3. Roger Chillingworth in the Scarlet Letter: Character Analysis & Overview

In this lesson, we will learn about Roger Chillingworth, one of the main characters in Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Scarlet Letter.' After a brief overview of the plot, we will analyze his character and several important themes pertaining to his character's development in this timeless classic.

Pearl in The Scarlet Letter: Symbolism & Analysis

4. Pearl in The Scarlet Letter: Symbolism & Analysis

This lesson analyzes the character of Pearl in Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1850 novel 'The Scarlet Letter'. The lesson argues that Pearl symbolizes a new, more individualistic morality, suggested by Hawthorne's Transcendentalist beliefs.

Governor Bellingham in The Scarlet Letter

5. Governor Bellingham in The Scarlet Letter

Governor Bellingham is the pompous and well-adorned governor of Salem in Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Scarlet Letter'. His character highlights some of the hypocrisy of the culture which operates under austere, puritanical conditions.

The Black Man in The Scarlet Letter

6. The Black Man in The Scarlet Letter

This lesson explores the Black Man figure in Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Scarlet Letter.' Hawthorne uses the Black Man to explore themes of morality, suggesting that humanity's greatest corruptions often come from within.

Anne Hutchinson in The Scarlet Letter & History

7. Anne Hutchinson in The Scarlet Letter & History

Anne Hutchinson is an interesting and important historical figure from early colonial history. Nathaniel Hawthorne invokes her in his novel 'The Scarlet Letter' in a way that can radically change our view of the story.

Isaac Johnson in The Scarlet Letter & History

8. Isaac Johnson in The Scarlet Letter & History

This lesson provides a brief sketch of Isaac Johnson as an historical figure and examines his presence in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. He is mentioned only once, but he provides an added layer of context for the novel.

Governor Winthrop in The Scarlet Letter & History

9. Governor Winthrop in The Scarlet Letter & History

Governor John Winthrop was the first Governor of Massachusetts. He was generally well-liked and was reelected several times. Nathanial Hawthorne, however, has some negative things to say about him in his novel, The Scarlet Letter!

The Scarlet Letter Setting

10. The Scarlet Letter Setting

In this lesson we will learn how the setting of ''The Scarlet Letter'' is different from our current society and how this plays a role in the story of Hester Prynne. We will highlight the differences between Hester's society and our own.

The Forest in The Scarlet Letter

11. The Forest in The Scarlet Letter

This lesson examines the symbolism of the forest in Nathaniel Hawthorne's ''The Scarlet Letter''. Both the importance of the forest, as well as specific Puritan beliefs about the forest and its symbolism will be discussed.

The Prison Door in The Scarlet Letter

12. The Prison Door in The Scarlet Letter

The prison door in Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Scarlet Letter' is so much more than a weather-beaten slab of wood. It represents the struggles and follies of a new society, and the constraints against which its inhabitants were forced to strive.

The Scaffold in The Scarlet Letter: Scenes & Symbolism

13. The Scaffold in The Scarlet Letter: Scenes & Symbolism

This lesson examines the significance of the scaffold in Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1850 masterpiece 'The Scarlet Letter.' More than simply a symbol of punishment, the scaffold becomes a scene of transformation and redemption.

The Rose Bush in The Scarlet Letter: Symbolism

14. The Rose Bush in The Scarlet Letter: Symbolism

The rose bush at the prison door is an important symbol in Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1850 novel 'The Scarlet Letter.' This lesson argues that the rose bush signifies Hawthorne's Romantic views of nature as passionate, beautiful, and free.

The Scarlet Letter Character List & Flashcards

The Scarlet Letter Character List & Flashcards

This flashcard set will review the main characters of Nathaniel Hawthorne's ''The Scarlet Letter.'' Important themes surrounding these characters are also reviewed.

Chapter Practice Exam
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