1. The narrator points out that Hester wants to go away to Europe and nobody will think anything about it they won't really question it or anything, but if Dimmsdale tried to escape suddenly, everyone in the town will wonder why and what he is doing and they will question it.
2. Sunshine has been mentioned a few times throughout this book. The last time we talked about sunshine, Hester couldn't catch it for her daughter, Pearl. But now things have changed and a burden has been lifted because Hester and DImmsdale had that talk that they needed and Pearl knows her father and such and now it is noticable that the sunlight is coming to Hester once again.
1. I think they will begin to question if he is the father of Pearl.
2. I believe this means Hester can finally catch the elusive sunshine which is happiness.
#1 I agree Dimmesdale's departure would cause a stir. He has such a prominent role in the Puritan society and he would be greatly missed. Hester's departure, however, would merely affect the townspeople.
1. I think that everyone would realize that he is actually the father quite soon.
2. Hester can finally catch that sense of relief she has long sought after
1. Hawthorne points out that the last seven years of isolation, shame, and the harshness of others have helped Hester mature and be more independent which will make it easier for her to leave and to take care of herself, Pearl, and Dimmesdale. Dimmesdale's last seven years have caused him to suffer and grow weak. If he left he may not be able to take care of himself as well. Hawthorne also points out that his last sin has made him so frail, that if he were to sin again, it would probably break him. Also, Dimmesdale's duties as a minister tie him down to the town and he can't pick up and leave as easily.
2. I think the title of this chapter represents the flood of relief and joy that Hester and Dimmesdale found when they made their plans to leave, but just like the sunshine in the forest, it might not stay as long as they want.
1. Also, leaving would basically be a confession for Dimmsdale, because the townspeople would eventually come to that conclusion.
I like how you said that it is like a confession, because that's true they would assume so.
I like how you say that, but at the same time I feel that a confession should be someone taking responsibility and admitting to their mistakes. Dimmesdale is more running from it and letting someone else figure out his mistake for him.
I don't think the townspeople would really piece it all together, Chillingworth would have to piece it together for them
2. Hester and Dimmesdale definitely found relief and joy in this chapter but i agree that sometimes good things only stay for a while.
I didn't think of the analogy between how good things sometimes only stay for a while just like sunshine sometimes only stays for a while.
1. I agree with your assessment, also Dimmsdale looks highly on himself and his importance.
1. That's a good point about each other's own frailty. However, together they can come back to life. Hester became her more feminine self in this chapter and so can Dimmesdale but with his manly self not this self-pitying, complaining little twit.
I agree that they would find comfort in running away, but Dimmesdale would always feel conflicted if he didn't confess
1. Do you think that Dimmsdale still feels an obligation to the town and he's using the "weakness" as an excuse?
Yes, he's too concerned with his image to them, of course he wants to stay and nurse them into his accepting his sin
2. Although it will not be easy for Dimmesdale to leave town easily, I think that if he leaves with Hester and Pearl he will find peace just as she has.
2. I think that this sunshine not only refers to the joy they both felt, but also the relief of not having to hide any longer.
2. I think the comparison between the sunshine and the joy and relief is a great comparison, since both are not guaranteed at all.
1. Hester has no problem leaving town because she is not important to the town her presence will not likely be missed. Dimmsdale leaving would panic the town with him the town will have no priest. Dimmsdale is also hurt from sickness and may need to heal.
2. This title is significant because the sun comes out and everyone is happy. It is a new chapter in Hester and Dimmsdale's life. They give up their sins and forgive themselves and prepare to leave.
I found it ironic that it took this much time and a very bad man to bring them together finally.
I don't agree that it should have taken years but sometimes things do take time. Although, in no reason should this have taken this long.
This is a book where things must be overly dramatic so that it sells. The thing keeping them apart was Dimmesdale's pride. If he could just have said from the beginning that he is Pearl's father then story would have been less than 20 pages.
I find it ironic as well but then again it is a book that's main goal is to sell so it has to be over dramatic.
I love how even after seven years and them both trying to move one moment together brings all their love back.
1. Hester could easily leave because over the past few years she has been viewed as an "outlaw" and she wasn't very important in the town. Dimmsdale, however, is sick and feels that he needs to die in the town.
2. The title chapter is significant because it symbolizes the love in Hester and Dimmsdale's hearts that "must always create a sunshine, filling the heart so full of radiance, that it overflows upon the outward world." (Pg. 139)
1. Dimmesdale is also very well-liked and respected, and would have a hard time leaving unnoticed.
2. It shows that after all this time, they can be happy about what they are doing.
2. I agree it can also mean that the secrets are about to come out. The evil is coming out of the darkness.
2. I never thought of it like that
1. Hester could leave town because she is not as important as Dimmesdale, who would have a hard time leaving because he is a priest. He is also very weak.
2. I think the title represents how happy Hester is when they start with their plans to leave town.
Weak is the perfect way to describe Dimmesdale.
2. I agree and think sunshine is like the promise of a new and better day for Hester.
#2 Yes, I also think the sunlight is a symbol of happiness for Hester. It shows that she truly loves Dimmesdale, and that with him, she finds joy and is made anew, lessening the burden and sorrow of her sin.
1. I also think weak is a great way to describe Dimmesdale.
1. Hester is entirely able to leave town whenever she wants, and not be missed. At least, not for some time. The minster, however, would face a multitude of questions and accusations at a sudden will to leave.
2. Sunshine seems to be a recurring theme throughout the book, especially where Pearl is concerned, and since Pearl is what binds them, what better title for the chapter where they feel united?
2. I completely agree that the title of the chapter makes perfect sense.
1. Yes that is very true that Dimmesdales leaving would cause much more of a scene than Hester just because how they are viewed in the community.
2. Yep the chapter title just suits it all so well.
2. I hadn't thought of it portraying Pearl. Good point.
I agree that Hester wouldn't be missed too much.
1. Hawthorne points out that no one will question why Hester leaves, but if Dimmsdale does, the town would be confused, and eventually connect the dots.
2. The title suggests that now that they have decided how to deal with the sin and moved on, they are able to relax and be happy.
1. I agree that if Dimmsdale leaves, the town would eventually connect the dots and figure it all out.
2. I couldn't have said it better!
1. Dimmesdale leaving would cause an uproar. He is famous!
1. Yes the town will eventually connect the dots but I don't see how that could be a bad thing if they were to leave.
1. And if the town were to connect the dots, it would make it impossible for them to return.
1. Those were my thoughts exactly.
1. For the opportunity to travel to Europe, Dimmsdale must become healthy again. And if he went then it would give away that he was the father and leave the town without a priest. But Hester has a wonderful opportunity to leave because she can take care of Pearl and Dimmsdale that way.
2. I think it represents what is really going on in Hester's mind and heart at the time when they decide they all love each other and want to go to Europe.
2. Hester is flooded with sunshine and happiness.
1. Hester could leave town easily without any suspicions being raised. It would be hard for Dimmesdale to leave because he is a linchpin to the town. Too many questions would be raised in his absence. The last thing Dimmesdale wants is questions.
2. In this chapter sunlight finally touches Hester. The sunshine cover the forest. At that Hester is really free. She is not wearing the letter or the bonnet. Plus she is with the man she loves planning a future where they can be together. It is a chapter full of happiness.
2. Good point! I agree this chapter is just fulfilled with happiness.
2. I agree that the absence of the letter caused the sunshine. The letter kind of weighed her down and covered up the happiness (sunshine) in her life.
1. Hester was prepared to leave town. She had already lived with the guilt of others knowing what she did. The past seven years were not as easy for Dimmsdale. This sin has broken him and he is torn between staying or leaving because in both circumstances he would still feel that sin following him.
2. The chapter is significant because a flood of sunshine shows the happiness that Hester and Dimmsdale have now that they have worked out their pains. Everything is working out and they are starting to let go of their burdens and begin a new life together as a real family.
2. Yes, I believe they are letting go of their burdens and the trouble the townspeople gave them.
1. Hawthorne points out that if Hester leaves no one would really notice, as opposed to Dimmsdale, everyone would notice because he is more important who is a priest and is very weak.
2. I think sunshine shows the happiness between Hester and Dimmsdale and how they are now relieve and able to make their plans.
1. I agree more people would notice that Mr. Dimmesdale was gone than if Hester left.
1. Hawthorne points out that it would be much easier for Hester to leave town. Dimmsdale, on the other hand, is weak and couldn't leave as easily since he is the priest.
2. A flood of sunshine shows the happiness and love between Hester and Dimmsdale.
2. "Love, whether newly born, or aroused from a deathlike slumber must always create a sunshine..."
2. Exactly, they can finally be happy together
I agree that the sunshine symbolizes happiness.
1. Hester is glad to go since she is already considered an outcast. Dimmesdale has the better reputation as minister to the town and questions would be asked about why he is leaving.
2. "A Flood of Sunshine" describes the newfound optimism and hope for a new life between Dimmesdale and Hester.
1. I also agree that Hester would love to leave because she still doesn't fit in with the town.
2. My thoughts exactly!
2. I agree it describes the optimism and hope
2. That's what I thought.
I like the way you worded number two.
1. Hester can leave the town without being missed because she has very little ties to the town and has grown independent over the last seven years. Dimmsdale has grown weak and sick over the last seven years which would make it more difficult for him to travel. Dimmsdale also has more ties to the town being a priest.
2. The title shows that Hester finally obtained the "sunshine" she has been after which is the happiness and relief from the weight of sin.
1. Also, Dimmesdale leaving town would raise questions.
1. Exactly, she is independent
1. I agree that Hester being more independent would make it easier for her to leave.
1.Hester leaving will not be that big of a deal to the people, but Dimmesdale is famous and loved by everyone. His leaving would create chaos.
2. The title shows that Hester finally got the happiness she has worked so hard to achieve
1. The townspeople would become suspicious if Dimmesdale left for no apparent reason, as well.
2. I like the way that you view the title as Hester's happiness.
1. Living on her own for the past seven years, Hester has found a new sense of independence making it easy for her to leave at any given moment. Dimmesdale, being a preacher and quite ill, could not leave nearly as easily or without suspicion.
2. The title represents the joy and excitement the two feel about finally being able to be together.
2. I agree it does represent their joy and excitement together.
1. Hester would have an easier time leaving the town because she doesn't have a set job and not many people would miss her. Mr. Dimmesdale has a job and the whole town love him and wouldn't want him to go. The townspeople also don't yet know that he is Hester's accomplice.
2. The title of this chapter "A Flood of Sunshine" tells us that Mr. Dimmesdale is getting ready to tell the town his secret, and he slowly going down the right path.
1. I agree it would seem more unusual for Dimmesdale to leave the town and would raise more concern.
1. Hester doesn't have a regular job, and people wouldn't miss her too much. While the minister is loved by the townspeople and would be missed dearly.
2. It shows that a "flood" of happiness is coming to Hester as she can finally be with the one she loves.
1. Hester's leaving would mean nothing, yet Dimmesdale's would cause suspicion because he is so beloved by the townspeople.
2. Now it feels as though Hester was caught the sunshine, and Pearl and she are now living in it.
1. Hester is able to leave town easily because she is used to this kind of wild nature, freedom of thought, and defiance. Dimmesdale, on the other hand, never experienced anything "to lead him beyond the scope of social authority." Hester's leaving would be a little expected, but Dimmesdale's departure would leave the townspeople curious and confused. They would miss him very much.
2. The title of the chapter is called "A Flood of Sunshine". This is significant because Dimmesdale and Hester are finally finding happiness (sunlight) and are overwhelmed with joy and freedom. It seems to hit them at one time because they have so quickly decided they would leave not only the Puritan settlement, but the mark of the scarlet letter behind.
1. You're right... She is used to being wild.
1. He makes the point that if Hester suddenly leaves, not too many people will notice. Dimmesdale can't leave so easily, due to him being the town minister and a bit of a public figure.
2. Because Hester and Dimmesdale seem to have found a way to deal with their problems, they finally feel happy.
1. The narrator makes the point that if Hester leaves town it would be expected and also good for her. She could move to a place where she can fully move on and be at peace. Dimmesdale on the other hand has his ministry here and it would come as a shock if he were to pack up and leave. Also the townspeople might suspect that he is the father of Pearl if he leaves with Hester.
2. In this chapter Hester and Dimmesdale become at peace with one another and are filled with happiness. Sunshine can be seen as a form of happiness and it floods over Hester and Dimmesdale now that they have realized they truly love each other.
In addition to happiness, I think that the love that they had for each other (mentioned here) also let the sun shine because they hadn't been able to openly love each other before.
I feel like they have loved each other this whole time.
1. Hester, although had made amends for the most part in her town, didn't play nearly a significant role as Dimmesdale. He was a man of God and made such a huge impact on the community with his recent and powerful sermons.
2. The significance of this chapter title is that as soon as Hester let go of the evil weighing down on her, the sun more than willingly shone upon her and everything was happy.
1. Dimmesdale is scared of leaving but Hester is excited to go.
2. In previous chapters, it is said that Hester cannot catch the sun, but now she is flooded with sunshine and happiness once she gets rid of the weight of the scarlet letter.
2. I like how you caught on to how in the previous chapter she couldn't catch the sunshine and now she is flooded with it.
1. Most people around the town wouldn't really notice if Hester moved to Europe, so she would have no problem leaving town. It would be difficult for Dimmesdale to leave because he's a well known public figure around the town and people would question his absence.
2. I believe the flood of sunshine represents the hope that Hester and Dimmesdale have for starting their new lives.
1. Hester was living like an outcast for the past seven years so it might have been more expected and easier for her to leave while Dimmesdale was a highly respected minister and no one knew of his sin so it might raise concern for the town if he left.
2. The sunshine represents the happiness that Hester and Dimmesdale are finally able to feel in hopes of starting their new lives.
1. Hester has always been an outcast and wants to start a new life in Europe with Pearl and Dimmesdale, since she is an outcast no one would notice she left.. Unlike Dimmesdale, who is a minister would be noticed. The people might wonder why the two would go together.
2. A flood of sunshine is like a flood of happiness. They will be able to live "happily ever after" without the townspeople's judgements. They accept each other and they have a family together.
1. The contrast is that Hester though being more liked In the town recently still wouldn't be missed if she left. Dimmesdale would be sorely missed since everyone in the town goes to him for ministry. Also, the two of them leaving at the same time would arouse suspicion.
2. It's significant because in the chapter before the sunlight hid from her, because she hadn't yet reviled the truth. After she tells the truth the sunlight seems to flood on her like overwhelming joy. Hens the symbolism in the chapter name.
1.Hester's seven years of pain brought about strength, while Dimmesdale's brought about a sort of weariness or weakness. Both of them gain hope through leaving because the pain is taken away. The difference though is the people who have no need of a sewing outcast would not even realize she has left them, but the disappearance of the minister would shock much of the town.
2.A Flood of Sunshine is referring to the brightness in mood for the hope of the lovers, and the joy they both felt.
2. I think it also applies to the carefree emotions of Pearl in her romp through the woods.
1. Hester was an outcast that wouldn't be missed too much, but Dimmsdale was a young minister that was well known and respected throughout the city. His departure would be mourned.
2. The title implies joy and happiness for the two people to leave with their daughter.
1. He was so well-loved that the townsfolk would likely endeavor to keep him in the town.
1. Because of her being shunned by the townspeople, her disappearance would go mostly unnoticed. However, Dimmesdale, who is a local celebrity would be unable to leave without event.
2. It refers both to the sudden happy turn in mood and Pearl's adventures in the forest.
1. Hester would have quickly picked up and moved with Pearl and Dimmesdale and not very many people would have thought twice about her being gone. Dimmesdale on the other hand would cause controversy in the town if he left, and eventually everyone would have come to the conclusion about the affair.
2. I think that the title refers to the feelings of relief that both Dimmesdale and Hester were feeling. Finally a ray of sunshine, a glimmer of hope, was visible in the constant, seven year storm they had been living in.
1. No one would bat an eye if Hester tried to leave town but if Dimmesdale were to try and leave town, everyone would get suspicious
2. Sunshine is mentioned a few times earlier in the story. In this case, it symbolizes happiness as Hester sand Dimmesdale make plans to leave
1. He points out that now that Hester has been forgiven by the town it is more logical that she would leave, but it is odd that the minister would suddenly leave. he would have no reason to leave. Plus it would be suspicious if he left town right around the time that Hester did.
2. Sunshine is a big part of this story because it symbolizes many things and shows how happy the mood has changed from previous chapters to now.
1. There would be no problem with Hester leaving town since her sin has already been known and she does not have anything else to hide really. She does not really have anything to lose by leaving. If Dimmesdale were to leave with her though, people would become suspicious. They would probably suspect that he is the father of Pearl and they would resent him for leaving his pastoral duties.
2. The name of this chapter may be significant because there is a glimmer of hope and joy, just as the glimmer of sunlight can give us happy feelings and the hope of a better tomorrow.
1. Hester has the advantage of being able to leave the New World and wonder back to Europe without question because no one would question her motive for leaving. If, Dimmesdale decided to suddenly leave town it would arise commotion within the community because he plays such a leading role as the minister.
2. It seems to me that “A Flood Of Sunshine” refers to the relief that comes over Hester and Dimmesdale when they make their escaping plans to flee together with Pearl. For the first time Hester something is actually planning out the way she would like it to.