The Scarlett Letter

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The Scarlet Letter

The third chapter of "The Scarlet Letter" is "Recognition". This chapter introduces some themes that dissects and psychoanalyses the characters of three protagonists in the novel. Readers will be able to understand the characters better and realize that their characters are what lead them to do certain things and behave in a certain manner.

This chapter can be broken up into three parts. The first part describes Hester's mood and reaction when she sees her husband, Roger Chillingworth, accompanied by an Indian. Roger had disappeared ever since he sent her to Boston in the scaffold. "Again, at the first instant ...uttered another cry of pain. But the mother did not seem to hear it" (pg 57). Through this sentence we can see Hester was feeling fear and nervous in the moment she saw Chillingworth.

In the second part, it discusses about a conversation between Chillingworth and some bystanders.

Chillingworth asks who Hester is and what her crime was. The bystander tells him the past of Hester. Chillingworth hears the details of how Hester was sent to Boston to wait for her husband and how she finally ended up with a child instead. It is an irony as Chillingworth came to Boston to look for his wife but ends up discovering that her wife is being charged for adultery. Chillingworth is upset and angry for the turn of events. Chillingworth was so angry that he thought: "Thus she will be a living sermon against sin...he will be known!"(Pg59). This sentence represented his thoughts about revenge and how enraged he was that no one knew who the adulterer was.

The last part is that of Dimmesdale, the father of the child, asks Hester to tell the people who the father is. But Hester refuses to...