Study Guide

The Scarlet Letter Characters

By Nathaniel Hawthorne

Hester Prynne

Hester is our homegirl. She's a self-sufficient single mother in one of the gloomiest most...

Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale

Reverend Dimmesdale is the Ryan Gosling of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. (You just know those...

Pearl

Quick: you're the most sinful woman in probably the entire New World, not counting those heathen...

Roger Chillingworth

Oh, Chillingworth. Of course you would choose such a frosty pseudonym when you're getting ready...

Governor Richard Bellingham

Richard Bellingham actually did serve as governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony on multiple...

Reverend John Wilson

The Reverend Wilson is among the men who judge Hester Prynne at the beginning of the book. We'll...

Mistress Hibbins

Mistress Hibbins is Governor Bellingham's sister and a witch. She's constantly trying to get...