The Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers

14) What events mark the novel’s climax?

The novel’s climax takes place in Chapter XXIII when Reverend Dimmesdale dies after publicly confessing to being Pearl’s father. This event marks the point of highest tension where the spell of secrecy is finally broken and the truth is revealed. Everything in the plot builds to this point, and after this moment, readers only learn of what becomes of the other main characters.