Physiognomy in The Scarlet Letter

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The Scarlet Letter Character Map

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As students read, a storyboard can serve as a helpful character reference log. This log (also called a character map) allows students to recall relevant information about important characters. When reading a novel, small attributes and details frequently become important as the plot progresses. With character mapping, students will record this information, helping them follow along and catch the subtleties which make reading more enjoyable!

A character map helps students remember each member of the novel and their important traits. Plus, it helps for tracking physiognomy, and it encourages students to utilize the text to support their ideas.

Key Characters

Hester PrynneThe protagonist of the novel; convicted of adultery; has a daughter as a result of her affair; must wear a scarlet “A” for the rest of her life
Reverend Arthur DimmesdaleThe revered minister of the town of Boston; the secret father of Hester’s daughter; is suffering physical ailments from his guilt
Roger ChillingworthThe antagonist of the novel; Hester’s long-lost husband, thought to have been lost at sea; masquerades as a doctor and doesn’t allow Hester to reveal his identity; becomes Dimmesdale’s personal physician
PearlHester and Dimmesdale’s daughter; lively and energetic, which goes against the acceptable behavior of the town; seems almost otherworldly
Mistress HibbinsGovernor Bellingham’s sister; purported to be a witch; likes to go into the woods
Governor BellinghamGovernor of Massachusetts; brother of Mistress Hibbins; oversees Hester’s Trial


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Create a character map for the major characters.


  1. Identify the major characters in The Scarlet Letter and type their names into the different title boxes.
  2. Choose a character to represent each of the literary characters.
    • Select colors and a pose appropriate to story and character traits.
  3. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
  4. Fill in the Textables for Physical Traits, Character Traits, and Quote.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.
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