Gary Roberson and Cooper Clark Scarlet Letter chapters 5 and 6 Summary This book is about a puritan woman, Hester Prynne, that has been found guilty for adultery. She is forced to wear a scarlet A on her chest and is despised by the rest of the town. Eventually, Dimesdale confesses that he was involved in Hester's sin. Both Chillingworth and Dimesdale die, Chillingworth leaves Pearl a great deal of money that her and Hester used to travel to Europe and start a new life. Hester returns to Boston and resumes wearing the scarlet letter and becomes a person whom other women turn to for advice. Example of how she overcame her trials This clips shows an example of how it feels to be treated when you're singled out, but you can always overcome it. In chapters 5 & 6, an example of how Hester felt is represented in this video. Example Clip Video Example Pearl, Hester’s daughter is 3 years old. Hester and Pearl live in Boston. Hester becomes a seamstress to support herself. Hester was forced to live forever as an outcast in Boston. Hester couldn’t sew dresses for weddings because they though she would contaminate the sacredness of marriage. Information in our chapters Sumptuary laws are set up by the colonies concerning expenses for personal items like clothing. Pearl is also excluded from society. Pearls only companion is her imagination. Pearl is mischievous. Anathemas are cursed things. Summary of Assigned Chapters In our chapters Hester finally gets released from prison only to still live on the land that so many people despised her. She lived in a little cottage on the outskirts of the town of Boston and continued to make a living and support Pearl as a seamstress. Her dresses were still very much desired throughout the town, except for the purpose of marriage. Three years pass and Pearl is now three years old and is being very rebellious and mischievous. She constantly has trouble making friends because she’s always pushing people away. Character Analysis Hester- The Adulteress that has to wear a scarlet letter for her sins, also the mother of Pearl. Pearl- Still a young baby, but three years passes and she grows into a troublesome child and is a real hand full for her mother. Overall Theme The Theme of this story in our opinion is that sins have consequences and you have to live with the consequences sometimes for the rest of your life. Just like Pearl, she was a consequence of a sin and now Hester has to live with that consequence forever. Symbolism The main symbol in these chapters is Pearl. Pearl is the consequence of a very big sin, but in Hester’s eyes the sin was worth it. Pearl’s name represents an item of great value, but at a huge cost. The cost was for Hester to forever be labeled an adulteress. Review Questions How old is Pearl? Review Questions What does Hester do to make money? Review Questions Where is Pearl and Hester's cottage? Review Questions How long was Hester to be viewed as an outcast in Boston? Review Questions Why was Hester not allowed to sew dresses for weddings? Review questions What are sumptuary laws? Review questions Is Pearl also excluded from society? Review Questions Who is Pearls only companion in her playtime? Review Questions How does Pearl act? Review Questions What is an anathemas?