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1: "Had a roar of laughter burst from the multitude ......Hester might have repaid them with a bitter and disdainful smile." -Nathaniel Hawthorne(chapter 2) This quote shows the humiliation Hester is going through by being on the scaffold.

2: “Could it be true? She clutched the child so fiercely to her breast, that it sent forth a cry; she turned her eyes downward at the scarlet letter, and even touched it with her finger, to assure herself that the infant and shame were real. Yes!-these were her realities-all else had vanished” (chapter 2) This quote shows Hester's denial that she has sinned. The scaffold represents how she refuses to come to grip on the fact that she committed adultery.

3: "Come up hither, Hester, thou and little Pearl,” “Ye have both been here before, but I was not with you. Come up hither once again, and we will stand all three together." (Chapter12) This quote shows that Dimmesdale cares about Hester and that he wants to stand by her and support her and the their child.

4: "It was found,” said the sexton, “this morning, on the scaffold where evil-doers are set up to public shame.” (Chapter12) This quote is showing how people see Dimmesdale as someone who could do no evil, but if they looked at how he acts then they might realize the truth and not be blinded by the ignorance of faith.

5: "'Come, Hester-come! Support me up yonder scaffold.'...They beheld the minister, leaning on Hester's shoulder, and supported by her arm around him, approach the scaffold, and ascend its steps;" (Chapter 23) The first sentence in the quote spoken by Dimmesdale illustrates the state he is in, which is that he is very weak and dying. The fact that he is again ascending the scaffold at the state he is in symbolizes the change his sin has put him through and by him being on the scaffold, the community witnesses how sins in a puritan society eat away at a person mentally and physically.

6: "With a convulsive motion, he tore away the ministerial band from before his breast. It was revealed! But it were irreverent to describe that revelation. For an instant, the gaze of the horror-stricken multitude was concentrated on the ghastly miracle;while the minister stood, with a flush triumph in his face, as one who, in the crisis of acutest pain, had won a victory. Then,down he sank upon the scaffold!"(Chapter 23) The scaffold is used for the last time as it illustrates a scene of Dimmesdale showing the puritan society what his sin as done to him or the guilt, which then after the community sees their minster die before them because the puritan life has guilted Dimmesdale of his sin eating away at him till death.

7: "It was, in short, platform of the pillory; and above it rose the framework of that instrument of discipline, so fashioned as to confine the human head in its tight grasp, and thus hold it up to the public gaze. The very ideal of ignominy was embodied and made manifest in this contrivance of wood and iron." (Chapter 2)


9: The Scaffold is affected by the society because the community sees it as a evil thing. It is used by the community as a punishment device. It has not received much use recently but the people still remember stories of others acceding the Scaffold to pay for their law breaking. The Scaffold had been used through out Europe when people were executed to due their suspected wrong doings.

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