Discussion Questions On Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Scarlet Letter'

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Was is right that the puritan community began to care for Hester and Pearl’s wellbeing after shunning them?

What do you think Pearl meant when she said she was plucked from the rose bush just outside the prison door?

In the author’s eyes, was putting Chillingworth and Dimmesdale a good or bad choice? What bring you to that conclusion?

Why do you think Hawthorne shows that Puritans are sinners when they are normally perceived with an appearance of righteousness?

How could Dimmesdale go against puritan beliefs to recognize a sinner just because he is now able to empathize with them?

Do the actions of Dimmesdale deciding to keep his sin a secret over punishment, repentance, and internal truth mean he is a bad person or just like everyone

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