Scarlet Letter Project

By Noelia A.


Many arguments are provided throughout The Scarlet Letter in order to provide a clear understanding of the conflict that are commuted through the characters themselves.

Arguments Given by Hester Prynne

First argument (Pages 75-76)

Hester Prynne has committed a crime that was worthy of death, yet the clergymen were "generous" to spare her life. In doing so, they still provided a punishment. Standing on a scaffold for hours a day, continuous everyday for the rest of her mortal life. With a Scarlet Letter sewn into her dress, where her breast was. The argument that was first presented was of Hester Prynne, the young clergyman, and Mr. Wilson. This idea of this argument was to not let Hester Prynne suffer this punishment alone. This verbal conflict was to persuade Prynne in giving her child a lover, a companion that joined her wrongdoing. Both Logos and ethos were presented in this argument. The emotional aspect forms when the young clergyman is trying to manipulate Prynne into revealing her accomplice in Adultery. A logical form is provided when Prynne is being described as a dweller of sin and evil, referring back to the Bible, which was their absolute law. Biblical Allusions, creating a since of forbidden actions, implying that she is a sinner and no longer a women of the lord. Attacking Prynne when one of the praised leaders was her accomplice used ad hominem argument to express this idea. Scapegoat is used throughout this argument while Hester takes the punishment with her child in her arms. These three techniques are used the impact the argument, applying grief upon Prynne for her unforgivable sin. Like the majority of the arguments that are shown, this was not a successful one, while Prynne proves to be stubborn and faithful to her beloved minister. While she continues to deny, the clergymen push and enforce bribery in order for her to name the father of this devil child.

second argument (Page 79)

Hester Prynne is a strong young woman that does not give into pressure that her elders utilize upon her. Strong willed and stubborn, she does not provide the clergyman and his team of ministers that have joined together to supervise the event of the public watching an Adulterating woman. Emotional are a large toll in this argument. While Prynne exclaimed that she would NEVER reveal the man that she had committed this sin with. Many devices were scattered throughout this short verbal engagement, such as simile while describing her appearance while denying the clergymen, foreshadowing when speaking of pearl never knowing a earthly father but a holy one (referring to Dimmesdale), personification while communicated that the scarlet letter could not be taken away from her since the whole town knew of her sinful “crime.” Hester Prynne is a stubborn woman and refuses to recite the name of the father, the man that she illustrates to have more sympathy then the men around her. She does not wish to destroy his career, letting him endure her in this dreadful punishment is enough torture.

third argument (page 133)

She possess so much beauty, no man with a heart could resist her charms. While she bared the child that symbolized a wild flower and a devilish child, she was to be removed from the custody of her beloved mother who cared for her and only wanted to care for her. This argument is an internal conflict, yet it is represented as an external one, she is still directing herself as the main cause of the sin, the only person who could teach this child from the mistakes that she has taken upon herself. Clearly, this woman, caring for her child as her maternal instincts take control of her body, improvises emotional conflicts. Loving this child is the only reason she has decided to continue living, striving to increase her living conditions so that pearl will have a precious childhood, free of the remembrance of her mother being known as the woman with the “A” on her breast. Metonymy is used while describing Pearl as the Scarlet Letter that Hester Prynne now had to endure throughout her life knowing that this child was the consequence of her sinful love. Mood is also utilized by improvising the keen love of this woman, who is compassionate about her daughter and will not be deceived by any man or woman before her. Nothing is revealed in this internal conflict, only a hint that could possibly foreshadow that man who is at fault for this wrongful doing to Prynne. She complies explanations of why Pearl should stay in her care, only so she does not lose the last thing that is important in her life. Implying her strength in love for a child that was born of sin and wrongful doing.

Arguments Given By Arthur Dimmesdale

First argument (Pages 134-136)

Dimmesdale, Mr. Wilson, Master Bellingham, and Roger Chillingworth are all contributors in the argument regarding Pearl and where she should be located. Deciding whether Hester Prynne is capable of raising a child with her current crime involved into the equation. Dimmesdale is communicating that Hester should keep the child while Chillingworth was opposed of such madness. He felt that she was not capable of raising a child and that Pearl should be relocated to a sin free environment. Dimmesdale on the other hand listened to Prynne and her argument about raising a child and teaching her from the mistakes that she had already taken. Bring up a child from a learning mistake, raising this child was in her best interest and she alone could bring her up to obey the laws. Dimmesdale was strong on this objective, revealing more hints when Prynne pleaded to him and called him out. Showing that he is sensitive and caring about his youthful child that he does not interact with at all. This plea did not reveal that Dimmesdale was the father but it did foreshadow this relationship. Logic was a largely applied contributor to this verbal interaction. Speaking of how Hester was unfit to care for such a devilish child. Only denying this woman the right she has to mother her child.

Second argument (Page 302-303)

The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter has brought forward an argument of concealing the identity of this companion in wrongful doing. Dimmesdale and Chillingworth have a short yet meaningful conversation about not revealing himself as the man who sinned with a married woman. A child was born and now he is changing and combining his love for his child that he has watched in secret. Never revealing himself to the public as the man who disgraced this woman by committing this crime along her side, never coming forward and taking responsibility. An emotional aspect is presented in this argument. After tolling with the emotions of this man who sinned and is now, seven years later, taking responsibility for his actions by revealing himself and asking for both Hester and Pearl to join him on this revealing scaffold.

Third argument (Page 77-78)

Dimmesdale has conflicted upon himself. Foreshadowing his sin, implying that he would join her side if she wanted him too, exclaiming that he would give his place in order to share the same fate that both of them shall receive. Yet he does not imply that they going to share this fate, only that he wishes that she would understand his reasoning for his doing so. Pleading in a different form of understanding, implying only to her, she only understanding what his meaning is describing. Emotionally attaching him to this situation, referring that if she were to reveal him that he would join her at any moment, which he would take this punishment for what it is worth.

Arguments given by Roger Chillingworth

first argument (pages 302-303)

Roger Chillingworth, a man of "great" power has begun to convince Dimmesdale to return to the clergy and remain in his spot of "royalty." Chillingworth convinced him in order to gain a form a respect, although he had revealed him in the first place. Only leading him to do what was right in the word of the lord. Even though it was against the law to sin, he still tried to convince Dimmesdale to restrain himself from this woman and child, to cast them off and do what was intended for him. He exclaiming by using logic that he shall remain in the clergy and not reveal himself in front of all others. He did not succeed in his mission but Dimmesdale continued his journey and gave his life in return for his disgraces.

second argument (pages 134-136)

Roger Chillingworth had a conflict with Dimmesdale while confronting Hester Prynne and her child Pearl. Mr. Wilson and Master Bellingham were the witnesses to this conflict. While Dimmesdale protected Prynne and her child, Roger Chillingworth was very much opposed of this child staying in the care of the sinful mother who destroyed her marriage and bore a child from this unlawful action. Logic is demonstrated throughout this argument by implementing that Hester is in case fit to raise a child with her recent offence. A child born of sin, a child of Satan, who has all characteristics of a devilish child could not learn to be a citizen who obeyed laws while her mother broke one and disgraced her family name in doing so. Someone who is willing to take risks as large as she did and letting herself bare a child from this mistake that she choose. A child was born, a child was punished, a child will not live a normal life from the reckless mistake that her mother choose to pursue. He believed that Prynne was not capable and stood strong with his belief but also used a method of trickery. He knew one day that she would reveal this man she sinned with, but only time could tell when that day would come.

who did what!

A movie called "Betty and Coretta" which is based off of debates and arguments that help form the two women into better and more recognised women who live in hardships throughout their life experience.