The novel is based on repenting the sins of adultery. The Truth Will Out Hester's story begins when she is brought from the prison house with her infant daughter in her arms. The scaffold is an important setting in the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. He gave her in requital of all things else, which ye had taken from me. The second time at the scaffold was a turning point for Hester.
With barely enough strength to stand, he climbs the scaffold and again calls Hester and Pearl to him. There are three such scenes, and they come at the beginning, middle and end of the story. Hester Prynne becomes a highly respected person in a Puritan society by overcoming one of the harshest punishments, the scarlet letter. People from neighboring towns who have only heard of the infamous scarlet woman and her daughter begin to mock and harass them, and Hester's community, from whom she had begun to win respect and affection, now joins in. As soon as he reaches the pillory, he asks Hester and Pearl flies towards the minister and accepts his extended hand. The townspeople are present to pass judgement, just as they will be in the final scaffold scene.
However, this victory for the entrenched ways seems to be only temporary. By expressing an idea in the form of an image, the reader can visualize the concept more concretely. I will not speak, and my child must seek a heavenly Father, she shall never know an earthly one! It seems to curse Dimmesdale's continued cowardice, warning him that his secret will soon be revealed. At this time Pearl questions the minister if he will do this at noontide and he answers no. John Wilson and the young priest Arthur Dimmesdale — exhort Hester to reveal the name of her partner-in-sin. The first scaffold scene begins the novel. The Signigicance of the Scaffold Scenes in the Scarlet Letter The three scaffold scenes bring great significance to the plot of the Scarlet Letter.
Also in this scaffold scene, she notices her husband, Chillingworth, watching in the crowd. Thus this scene describes the finest hour in the life of Dimmesdale. These scenes are powerful to the readers and essential for the progression of the plot. More times than not, it represents reverent, profound, or virtuous concepts of merit. He tells Pearl that they will stand together before the throne of judgment after death. There, midway through the brook, the minister, who has been driven almost crazy by his guilt, but has lacked the resolution to confess it, ascends one midnight for self-torture, and is joined by Hester, on her way home from watching at a death-bed, and there they are over-seen by Chillingworth.
He tells them about the real sinner who has corrupted innocent Hester Prynne. The use of the three scaffold scenes throughout the course of the novel proved to be an effective method in proving this theory and showing how Puritan society differs from that of today? It is Election Day and Dimmesdale has delivered his most powerful sermon ever. Reverend Wilson relates an argument he had with Dimmesdale about whether to force Hester to confess in public. In the first scaffold scene Hester Prynne is depicted standing alone while clutching her baby. A scaffold's effect on the novel can be seen through an examination of the first, second, and third scaffold scenes.
Despite an inward wish for his sin to be discovered, Dimmesdale feels better knowing that Hester will not willingly expose him. A little while after Hester and Pearl join Dimmesdale after visiting the governor on his deathbed. He has only acknowledged his sin to God and that they will all stand together on judgment day 148-149. When it is later revealed that Dimmesdale is the lover she seeks to protect, his speech becomes retrospectively ironic and terribly cruel. What can thy silence do for him, except it tempt him—yea, compel him, as it were—to add hypocrisy to sin? There Dimmesdale is overwhelmed by something and screams aloud.
When they were released from jail, the first place that they went was to the scaffold, to be shown to the community. The second scaffold scene occurs right in the middle of the narrative when Arthur Dimmesdale mounts the platform in a half-hearted attempt to confess his sin. And, moreover, is there not a quality of awful sacredness in the relation between this mother and child? Her lover, Arthur Dimmesdale, shares her platform but not her public humiliation. The final scaffold scene in some ways mimics the first. Her husband, Roger Chillingworth, has just returned and is in the outskirts of the crowd.
In his spiritual torture, he cries out with a shriek of agony that is heard by Hester and Pearl as they journey to their home from the bed of the dying Governor Winthrop. When Dimmesdale sees Hester and Pearl being tormented in the town square at the novel's climax, he mounts the scaffold and calls them to his side. There she stands in the broad daylight of noon, the scarlet 'A' signifying her adultery stitched on her chest and virtually glowing for all the town to see. The image of Hester atop the scaffolding is a metaphor for her forced solitude; for her banishment from society; and for the futility of her punishment. The direction of Hester, Pearl, and Dimmsdale's lives were changed by the fateful events at the scaffold. The stranger tells him that Hester is the wife of a learned Englishman and had been living with him in Amsterdam when he decided to emigrate to America.