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What foreshadowing is shown in the LAST chapters of The Scarlet Letter?Mainly on...

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toofastforu | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 6, 2009 at 1:56 PM via web

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What foreshadowing is shown in the LAST chapters of The Scarlet Letter?

Mainly on characters: Pearl, Mistress Hibbins, And Dimmesdale

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 8, 2009 at 5:13 AM (Answer #1)

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First of all, when Pearl asks Dimmensdale to acknowledge her publically, he refuses and a meteor forms a dull letter "A" in the sky.

Second, when the three embrace they begin making plans. The foreshadowing there is the four day mark which makes the reader's clock tick, sort of figuring that Chillingworth will get in between. In fact, that is the case.

Before that, Hester took off her letter, and there was a moment of peace in the action from the three main characters. This was a foreshadowing of the "eye of the storm" that is about to happen once Chillingworth comes back to destroy them.

The release from Dimmensdale is also a sign of his impending death.

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