Essay The Scarlet Letter : Topic And Description And Detail

1139 Words 5 Pages
Journal Entry 1
The Scarlet Letter: Topic and Description and Detail, Chapters 1-6 In my personal opinion, the first six chapters of the book are a little too obvious. I think that the author put too much detail into the story leaving little room for guessing at what will happen in the future. The first chapter contained little substance but large amounts of detail hinting that Puritan society had imprisoned someone socially and literally. In the second chapter, we learn of a woman Hester Prynne who has cheated on her husband with another man. By the third chapter I had already figured out that the father of Hester 's child was Reverend Dimmesdale, and by chapter four I was able to figure out that Roger Chillingworth was her husband that came back from England. It also tells of Rogers plans to find out who the father is and bring him to justice. Dimmesdale reveals his identity saying,"Be not silent from any mistaken pity for him; for, believe me, Hester, though he were to step down from a high place, and stand beside thee, on thy pedestal of shame, yet it were better so…" (Chapter 4, Page 60) When he says, "Trust me" and "step down from a high place" it blatantly shows that he is guilty in the deed along with Hester, revealing a "secret." In the fifth chapter, the author goes into too much detail describing how rejected Hester felt by society. The last chapter in the section shows how the baby, named Pearl, starts to grow older and uses the chapter to jump forward into…

Related Documents