Physiognomy in The Scarlet Letter: Hester Prynne vs. Roger Chillingworth

Physiognomy in The Scarlet Letter: Hester Prynne vs. Roger Chillingworth
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Evil Physiognomy

Physiognomy in Literature

Lesson Plans by Kristy Littlehale

Physiognomy, the physical features and characteristics of a person that indicate personality, intentions, or other internal trait. plays an important role in literature by allowing the audience or reader to identify characters who have hidden intentions or motives.




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Storyboard Description

Physiognomy Examples in The Scarlet Letter. Use T Charts to compare and contrast physiognomy in literature!

Storyboard Text

  • Physiognomy: Good Characters
  • Physical Traits:
  • Textual Evidence:
  • Character Name:
  • Hester Prynne
  • • tall and elegant • dark, shiny, full hair • beautiful • gentle feminine features • dignified
  • Physiognomy: Evil Characters
  • Physical Traits:
  • Textual Evidence:
  • Character Name:
  • • small in stature • furrowed visage • intelligent face • indeterminable age • one shoulder is higher than the other
  • Roger Chillingworth
  • "None so ready as she to give of her little substance to every demand of poverty... None so self-devoted as Hester, when pestilence stalked through the town. In all seasons of calamity, indeed, whether general or of individuals, the outcast of society at once found her place."
  • "Old Roger Chillingworth was a striking evidence of a man's faculty of transforming himself into a devil... This unhappy person had effected such a transformation by devoting himself, for seven years, to the constant analysis of a heart full of torture, and deriving his enjoyment hence..."
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