September 14, 2004

Need for understanding

Uh yeah, can someone, in a nut shell please desribe Chapter 9 of the Scarlet Letter.

Posted by ShannaDeFrances at September 14, 2004 11:03 AM

The opening of Chapter 9 reminds the reader of some of the earlier events (such as who Chillingworth is and what his motives are). The long passages that don't include any dialogue are something like a "music montage" in a movie -- where the filmmaker denotes the passage of time by intercutting a whole lot of short clips that show changes in a character or a relationship over time. (People falling in love, kids growing up, etc.) In a montage, you can't hear what the actors are saying, but you get images that you can use to construct in your mind an image of what the characters are like.

Obviously a book can't use video montage as a technique, but because the narrator spends a lot of time in this section describing what's going on in the thoughts and minds of the villagers (none of whom is a really important individual character), that makes the few instances of direct quotation stand out all the more.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at September 14, 2004 12:42 PM
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