How are the conflicts in the The Scarlet Letter resolved? Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter
The conflicts of the characters in The Scarlet Letter are resolved, ironically, on the scaffold, a setting which foreshadowed conflict in Chapter I. Yet, there are two scenes in which the scaffold appears after the initial scaffold scene, so interpretations of the resolutions of the characters' conflicts differ.
In Chapter XII, The Reverend Dimmesdale goes out at night and steps onto the scaffold, driven "hither by the impulse of that Remorse which dogged him everywhere." While he stands on this scaffold, Hester and Pearl pass by; he calls to them--"we will stand all three together!"--and has them join hands with him there. As they do so,
there came what seemed a tumultuous rush of new life, other life than his own, pouring like a torrent into his heart, and hurrying through all his veins, s if the mother and the child were communicating their vital warmth to his half torpid...
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