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Feminism and The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Throughout history western culture has operated under the idea that women were inferior creatures and lesser beings. Women have been called “a foe to friendship, an inescapable punishment, a necessary evil, and the gateway to the Devil.” Feminism has been around for hundreds years because of the way women have been treated and from that, came the feminist approach. The feminist approach aims to understand gender difference, gender inequality and focus on gender politics and sexuality. When looking through the eyes of a feminist, readers must resist the andocentric point of view and think about the female’s point of view, whether male or female....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne] 948 words
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The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Nathaniel Hawthorne resisted the idea that humanity had divine potential and acknowledged the reality of evil. Hawthorne believed that every society needed to have a jail and grave yard, “ The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison” (2331). He thought that people are naturally evil and sin so a jail was needed to keep evil people and influence away from society....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Transcendentalism]
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Nathaniel Hawthorne's Use of Symbolism - Nathaniel Hawthorne is a prominent writer who uses many different elements in his works. He uses elements such as symbolism, figurative language, metaphor, irony and etc. to make his work prominent. In the works by Nathaniel Hawthorne, he uses symbols for secret sin in The Scarlet Letter, “The Minister’s Black Veil,” and “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment.” As seen in The Scarlet letter, the symbol for secret sin is the Scarlet letter “A.” The “A” represents the sin in which Hester commits adultery with the town’s minister, Dimmesdale....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Symbolism, ] 479 words
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The Use of Color Symbolism by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Is it possible for an author to utilize so much symbolism that it captivates the reader to the extent of paralleling the tale with their own life. The principle of symbolism is quite evident in the story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, “Young Goodman Brown”. Nathaniel Hawthorn’s work is immersed with symbolism with most of it deriving from his Puritan beliefs. The themes of sin, guilt, innocence, and lust come forth through the uses of color symbolism as well as visual clues. All of these things are dealt with in everyday life in modern America....   [tags: Writers, Nathaniel Hawthorne,Young Goodman Brown]
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The Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe - When discussing romantic writers, Nathaniel Hawthorne, I believe, immediately comes to mind. Even though, Poe is not one of the authors that come to mind immediately, he cannot be forgotten as a romantic writer as well. People mainly think that Hawthorne and Poe are polar opposites but they are not so different. Yes, Hawthorne and Poe write differently and have different views they both write about the dark aspects of romanticism. When my sister was in high school her favorite subject was English, even though, she was not very good at it, she loved to write....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, ]
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A Plea for Truthfulness in "the Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne - The story, the Scarlet Letter written by Nathaniel Hawthorne published in 1850, may be viewed through many different lenses, however Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth project moral values in a powerful description of good and evil to show that if one is true to themselves they will live a simpler life with happy consequences. Throughout The Scarlet Letter Hester lives with disgrace and is always mocked by the towns people. There are many instances of characters not being true to themselves....   [tags: Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, characters,] 839 words
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Secrets in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s "The Scarlet Letter" - Secrets can destroy even the most respected people. Sometimes is not the secret itself that drives people into exhaustion, but the emotional baggage that comes with it. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Reverend Dimmesdale physically deteriorates because of his guilt caused by a dishonorable sin. The Puritan society in which the story is set discourages the idea of the private self, which Hawthorne shows by creating distinctions between the characters’ private and public lives, specifically Dimmesdale’s....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Scarlet Letter, secrets, ] 619 words
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The Forest as a Place of Truth and Freedom in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" - The forest in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, The Scarlet Letter, represents an array of personas. Both rumors and scandal surround the forest, causing a biased view of this secluded location within the Puritan community. Yet, Hawthorne designates the forest as a place of truth, independence, and joy to those with secrets. Boston’s Puritan society of the mid 1600’s feared the near-bye forest. Believing that “the black man that haunts the forest” (71) and that the witches who do the devil’s work there, the townspeople are warned to stay away the sinful place....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Scarlet Letter, ] 761 words
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Imperfections in The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Imperfections in The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne Too often in this world does man attempt to perfect nature. Tampering with this sort of element most commonly leads to a disaster to come extent. Because man is never satisfied, he is constantly vying for perfection, regardless of the outcome. Such is the case in Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story, 'The Birthmark.' Aylmer's persistent attempt to perfect nature is the cause of Georgiana's demise and the affirmation that when man tampers with such a powerful component terrible things may occur....   [tags: The Birthmark Nathaniel Hawthorne Essays]
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Analysis of The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Analysis of The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne Although “The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne was written in the mid-1800s, its themes and ideas are still a part of society today. The 19th century was a time of change, just as this, the millennium, is a time of great change. Hawthorne’s ideas about science, beauty, and life still play a major part in our lives, despite many improvements. Even today, people try to play “God” and change things that nature has put in place. It’s human curiosity; how much can be changed, how many things can be perfected....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne The Birthmark Essays] 860 words
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Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, the Puritan community banned all forms of sin. Sin was looked upon as evil, being connected to the devil and his dark ways. Hester Prynne, the main character of the story, was shunned by the rest of the Puritan world after committing the sin of adultery. She lived in a world where it was not accepted. She was isolated from the world around her, having little hope. Throughout the novel, symbols such as the character of the kind woman, the wild rose bush outside of the prison doors and the character of Pearl, Hester Prynne's illegitimate child, are used to show that even in a world full of sin and darkness, there is always hope....   [tags: Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne] 940 words
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A Perception of Sin: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter - Through out the course of history, those who were considered sinners were often out casted from the society. This is much the case with Hester Prynne in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. After a public trial, Hester is considered a sinner due to her birthing of a so called “devil child”. Hester is convicted to the life long bearing of a scarlet letter on her chest. The Scarlet Letter that Hester Prynne wears symbolizes the change in perception of sin through out the novel. Due to the revelations of the governor Winthrop and the reverend Dimmesdale, the way sin is perceived changes from one of shame to the idea that every one is a sinner in their own right....   [tags: sin, religion, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Scarlet Letter] 878 words
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Evil is In the Eyes of the Beholder: "The Scarlet Letter", by Nathaniel Hawthorne - In society there are always two kinds of people, good people and bad people. The good people, the teachers pets who always do everything right. They follow the rules and always think of others. Then, you have to bad people, the trouble makers who always do the wrong thing. They break the rules and do things their way. Everyone is classified in one group or the other, and is always thought to be good or bad. In the novel, The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Pearl is evil. Pearl is doomed from the beginning to be evil....   [tags: Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, characters, e] 1604 words
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Innocence Lost by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Innocence Lost by Nathaniel Hawthorne My Kinsman, Major Molineux and Young Goodman Brown present Nathaniel Hawthorne’s belief in the universality of sin. These works provide numerous perspectives into the nature of the human condition and the individual’s role within it. Hawthorne fictionalizes a world where communion with man is essential for spiritual satisfaction. The main characters of these stories face moral dilemmas through their pursuit of human communion. Whether the problems are moral, psychological, or both, Hawthorne insists that the individual must come to affirm a tie with the procession of life, must come to achieve some sense of brotherhood of man....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne Innocence Lost Essays]
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Change in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Change in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter In life, one may see that there are not many guarantees. However, the closest one may come to a guarantee is that almost anything in life can change. I believe that change can come in many forms....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne Scarlet Letter] 1566 words
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The Suffering of Arthur Dimmesdale in "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Guilt is a very strong emotion, and it can take a merciless toll on a person. For most people, guilt is often a short-lived feeling because we confess why we feel guilty and get it off of our chests. However, this is hardly the case for Arthur Dimmesdale, the father of Hester Prynne’s child in the novel The Scarlet Letter. Dimmesdale does not confess that he has committed a sin with Hester, and for a brutal seven whole years, he withholds his guilt inside of him. Throughout all of that time, he reverts to self-punishment in the form of fasting, consecutive, sleepless vigils, and relentless studying of the Bible....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Scarlet Letter, guilt,]
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Faith Role in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown - Faith plays a major role in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “Young Goodman Brown”. From the start of his journey to his arrival back home, Faith is always in the back of head, making him question his surroundings and own thoughts. It’s hard to determine when he’s speaking of his lovely wife Faith or his Faith in his God and religion. Through his many Young Goodman Brown’s journey begins with his departure from Faith, for he must “tarry away from thee.” (Nathaniel Hawthorne 1289) Could it be that he is questioning his very own Faith/religion and must test it on this very night....   [tags: Faith, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown, r]
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Main Themes of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and The Minister's Black Veil - Main Themes of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and The Minister's Black Veil Nathaniel Hawthorne’s works often have parallel themes and similar characters. His approach is quite gloomy and the atmosphere for his stories is many times sad and depressing. Hawthorne concentrates his novel and short stories around the Puritan community, which adds to the tense and unforgiving atmosphere. One of his most renowned novels, The Scarlet Letter and his short story, The Minister’s Black Veil contain many of his typical elements and are many times referred synonymously....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Scarlet Letter, Black Veil] 776 words
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Mr. Dimmesdale's Feelings of Guilt and Shame in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s "The Scarlet Letter" - Guilt, shame, and penitence are just a few of the emotions that are often associated with a great act of sin. Mr. Arthur Dimmesdale, a highly respected minister of a 17th century Puritan community, is true example of this as he was somehow affected by all of these emotions after committing adultery. Due to the seven years of torturous internal struggle that finally resulted in his untimely death, Mr. Dimmesdale is the character who suffered the most throughout Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Scarlet Letter, guilt, charac] 901 words
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Nathaniel Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown - Nathaniel Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown      In Young Goodman Brown, Nathaniel Hawthorne tells the tale of a man and his discovery of evil. Hawthorne’s primary concern is with evil and how it affects Young Goodman Brown. Through the use of tone and setting, Hawthorne portrays the nature of evil and the psychological effects it can have on man. He shows how discovering the existence of evil brings Brown to view the world in a cynical way. Brown learns the nature of evil and, therefore, feels surrounded by its presence constantly....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne Young Brown Essays] 1846 words
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Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Blithedale Romance - Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Blithedale Romance In the penultimate chapter of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Blithedale Romance, Coverdale offers a “moral” at the end of the narrative that specifically addresses Hollingsworth’s philanthropic and personal failures: "…admitting what is called philanthropy, when adopted as a profession, to be often useful by its energetic impulse to society at large, it is perilous to the individual whose ruling passion, in one exclusive channel, it thus becomes. It ruins, or is fearfully apt to ruin, the heart, the rich juices of which God never meant should be pressed violently out and distilled into alcoholic liquor by an unnatural process, but should render lif...   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne Blithedale romance Essays] 2471 words
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Symbolism: S for Superman and A for Adultery in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Scarlet Letter" - Talented writers often use extensive symbolism in there writing to portray intricate thoughts, ideas, and concepts. For example, in the popular 1978 movie Superman the “S” on Superman’s costume stands for super. Along the same lines, the “A” in Nathanial Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is also a symbol. However, in contrast to the one dimensional meaning of the “S” in Superman, the “A” in The Scarlet Letter has a multifaceted meaning. As the literature unfolds the meaning of the crimson letter shining on Hester Prynne’s bosom subtlety changes from meaning adulterer, to able and finally the “A” becomes a symbol for angel....   [tags: Symbolism, Superman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Scarlet ] 937 words
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The Psychological Dimension of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Birthmark - The Psychological Dimension of “The Birthmark”               This essay will analyze Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Birthmark” in order to demonstrate that it is a “psychological” short story both in its themes and in its emphasis on the moral-psychological aspect of the main characters. There is probably unanimity among literary critics that Hawthorne is a “psychological” writer. Consider some of their statements chosen at random from various critiques of Hawthorne’s literary works: Stanley T. Williams in “Hawthorne’s Puritan Mind” says: What he wrote of New England was ....   [tags: Birthmark, Nathaniel Hawthorne]
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The Mysterious Forest in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Mysterious Forest in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter      In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, life is centered around a rigid Puritan society. In this society, people are not allowed to express their true thoughts and feelings. Every human being needs the opportunity to express how they truly feel; otherwise the emotions become bottled up until they begin to hurt the person. Unfortunately, the puritans were not allowed this type of expression. Luckily, at least for the four main characters, Hawthorne has created a forest to give them shelter....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne] 1006 words
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Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Birthmark - Our society tends to be obsessed with the idea of physical perfection. How does our society manifest that obsession. How is the "Birthmark" an early version of our modern obsession with physical perfection. Our society has many ways of manifesting its obsession with physical perfection. In our society people go to extreme lengths to achieve perfection. The "Birthmark", written more than a century ago, is an early version of our modern obsession with physical perfection....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Birthmark] 390 words
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Summary of Ethan Brand by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Summary of Ethan Brand by Nathaniel Hawthorne In the short story Ethan Brand, Ethan Brand lusts for knowledge that leads him on a quest for the unpardonable sin. The unpardonable sin, as one may interpret, is pride and self-gain. It is a loss of the brotherhood with man, and a loss of respect for God. Once this knowledge is gained, he faces alienation from all those around him. In searching for this sinful knowledge, Ethan Brand leads himself into intellectual isolation. He cannot separate his head from his heart, his intellect from his soul....   [tags: Ethan Brand Nathaniel Hawthorne Sin Essays] 692 words
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The Scaffold Scenes in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Scaffold Scenes in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter In Nathaniel Hawthorne?s The Scarlet Letter, the Puritans constantly look down upon sinners like Hester Prynne, both literally and symbolically. The use of the three scaffold scenes throughout the course of the novel proved to be an effective method in proving this theory and showing how Puritan society differs from that of today?s. In the first scaffold scene, Hester is being led from the prison where she has spent the last few months, towards the scaffold clutching her newborn baby to her bosom, covering the scarlet letter-the two symbols representing truth and her lost innocence....   [tags: Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne Essays] 879 words
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Symbolism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown - Symbolism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown      Nathaniel Hawthorne utilizes symbolism throughout his short story Young Goodman Brown to impact and clarify the theme of good people sometimes doing bad things. Hawthorne uses a variety of light and dark imagery, names, and people to illustrate irony and different translations. Young Goodman Brown is a story about a man who comes to terms with the reality that people are imperfect and flawed and then dies a bitter death from the enlightenment of his journey through the woods....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne Young Goodman Essays]
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Symbolism in Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne - “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne contains much symbolism. The symbols take many forms from the setting to the characters. The symbols can be viewed as just part of the story line, but apon further thought they represent many different things. Faith, Brown’’s wife, is a symbol herself. When he says, ““My love and my Faith,”” he is using his wife as a symbol and is really referring to his love and faith in God. He goes on to say ““this one night I must tarry away from thee.”” He means that he must part from his faith in God to carry on with his journey....   [tags: Young Goodman Brown Nathaniel Hawthorne] 700 words
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Emotional Challenges in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlett Letter" and Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" - The authors of the amazing books The Scarlett Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne) and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain) both take the reader through a journey of how society plays such a huge role in the everyday life of the people living within these time periods. Both authors give you clips of the emotional challenges which the characters encounter throughout the entire story in order to give you a feel of being placed in their shoes and overcoming the obstacles which they are confronted with....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Scarlett Letter, Mark Twain, ]
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Individualism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Individualism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Often in society people are criticized, punished and despised for their individual choices and flaws. In the novel, The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author uses Hester Prynne to symbolize that those who challenge social conformities can benefit society as a whole. Though she has been banished for committing adultery, she sees that the community needs her. Through her generous accomplishments the community realizes she is a person who, regardless of her sin, can affect the community in a positive way....   [tags: Scarlet Letter Hawthorne] 1063 words
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The Life and Work of Nathaniel Hawthorne - Historical Background Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4th, 1804 and died on May 19, 1864. The Hawthorne legacy was one of the strict Puritanism which grapped with his stories and his novels. The original family name was Hathorne he added a ‘w’ to distinguish himself. In 1848, Zachary Taylor won presidency, Hawthorne lost his job which was given as a part of the Democratic Party, and Taylor’s presidency left the Whigs in change and Hawthorne without a job. He married Sophia Peabody at her parents’ home in Boston....   [tags: legacy, scarlett letter, writer]
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - During the nineteenth century, Nathaniel Hawthorne graced America with The Scarlet Letter. Out of all of his works, the commended author’s most enduring and well-known novel is The Scarlet Letter. The narrative was set in the 1600s around the same time as the historical Salem Witch Trials. Over the years, this classic story has been reviewed by numerous essayists. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s most popular novel reflects the injustice of the Salem Witch Trials and received notable analyses from major literary critics....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Classic Novel]
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - The seventh commandment of the Ten Commandments states “Thou shalt not commit adultery. (Exodus 20:14). Adultery, according to the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, is “voluntary sexual intercourse between a married man and someone other than his wife or between a married woman and someone other than her husband.” Some people may think that adultery is only an occurrence in the 21st century, but it also occurred frequently in the 1600s as well. For example, in The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, a novel that was set in the 17th century tells the story of Hester Prynne who was convicted of adultery with a man named Reverend Dimmesdale....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Adultery]
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Religious upbringings, deaths, breakups, and love affairs: these are all influences that can be found in every part of a person’s life. An intense impingement on their work and how they live their life starts with simple aspects such as: someone’s childhood, family, friendships, and relationships. These aspects can ingrain themselves into pieces of art whether they are paintings, music, or works of literature. Nathaniel Hawthorne was one of the many writers who had shown this idea of life’s effects even more than others....   [tags: puritan ways, love affairs, family]
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The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne: Feminine Traits - Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The Scarlet Letter, establishes his views towards women in many ways through his strong, passionate characters. Despite this clear incorporation, when does an author’s opinion become confused with reality. Hawthorne clearly presents the heroine of the novel, Hester Prynne, as a contradiction to the typical woman of the 1800’s. Hawthorne sees Hester as a strong woman and presents her actions and characteristics as righteous; however his opinion of a strong woman is flawed....   [tags: Hawthorne's Opinion of Women]
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The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Throughout the nineteenth-century great strides were being made in the medical field, including exposition of “natural” remedies and responses the body had to coming in contact with certain plants or chemicals. These advances sank into the lifestyles and minds of those who were exposed to these findings and resonated throughout the writings and reasoning of literary artists of the time. One such writer was none other than the infamous Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hawthorne made use of these scientific breakthroughs as vital elements in several of his pieces, including Rappaccini’s Daughter and The Scarlet Letter....   [tags: medical field, science, Chillingworth, Dimmesdale]
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of famed novel, The Scarlet Letter, came from a long line of puritans. The family name of Hawthorne, was one of strict puritanistic ideals, which translated into topics covered in his literary works. When Hawthorne’s father died of yellow fever at sea when he was only four, his mother became overly protective and pushed him to isolation. All of Hawthorne’s fictional characters are believed to be figurative confrontations of good and evil. Almost all of his characters can be classified as one of these two types....   [tags: puritans, opinions, judgements] 898 words
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The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - The meaning of the word feminist in the dictionary is the people who advocates or supports the rights and equalities of women. Hester Prynne is a very strong and honest feminist, because she did not follow the traditional role of women in the eighteenth century. “Stretching forth the official staff in his left hand, he laid his right upon the shoulder of a young woman, whom he thus drew forward; until, on the threshold of the prison-door, she repelled him, by an action marked with natural dignity and force of character, and stepped into the open air” (Hawthorne 36)....   [tags: women's rights, story and charcter analysis] 867 words
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Commentary on The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne - The things in life he didn’t understand fascinated Nathaniel Hawthorne. He wrote a few stories in a literary journal called The Pioneer, one of them being “The Birthmark”. Time significantly influenced Hawthorne in creating this short story (Wheeler). Aylmer, the main character, uses the scientific experimentation throughout the story to remove the birthmark from his wife’s, Georgiana, face which results in him killing her. “The Birthmark” has attempting for perfection, the battle between science and nature, and the earthly love....   [tags: Imperfections, Scar, Marriage] 754 words
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The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne - “A bloody scourge…rigorously, and until his knees trembled beneath him, as an act of penance.” (Hawthorne, 141) In the Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Minister Dimmesdale starved himself, whipped himself, and tortured himself to get rid of the guilt caused by his sin with Hester Prynne. Hawthorne describes the minister’s guilt as the evil that anchored him down and shows how Dimmesdale tortures himself but can never get rid of it. His guilt came from many things. First was his guilt for committing the crime with Hester Prynne....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Guilt] 1003 words
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - The Scarlet Letter is a blend of realism, symbolism, and allegory. Nathaniel Hawthorne uses historical settings for this fictional novel and even gives historical background information for the inspiration of the story of Hester Prynne in the introduction of The Scarlet Letter, ‘The Custom-House’. The psychological exploration of the characters and the author’s use of realistic dialogue only add to the realism of the novel. The most obvious symbol of the novel is the actual scarlet letter ‘A’ that Hester wears on her chest every day, but Hawthorne also uses Hester’s daughter Pearl and their surroundings as symbols as well....   [tags: Realism, Symbolism, Allegory] 912 words
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The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Is it acceptable to neglect one’s crimes and move on, or is it better to openly confess yourself in front of your peers. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, The Scarlet Letter, the main character, Arthur Dimmesdale, experiences both ends of the question. From initially disregarding the need to repent for his sin, his figure and character drastically change. By repenting in the wrong ways, Dimmesdale’s character continues to worsen until he finally publicly atones for his mistakes. Hawthorne’s views on the theme of repentance are embodied within the tragic and symbolic character of Dimmesdale, which he uses to demonstrate how repenting leads to a strong-willed and free being....   [tags: Thematic Analysis, Consequences] 949 words
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Tragedy in The Birthmarkby Nathaniel Hawthorne - In 1843, “The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne was first published in a minor literary journal. It is a dark tale of an eighteenth century scientist’s obsession with a small, hand shaped birthmark on his wife’s face. Although, the mark did not bother him before their marriage, it becomes such an obsession for him and he can not think of anything but it’s removal from her otherwise perfect face. This imperfection and the incurable nature of mortality become the central idea in this story. In The Birthmark,” Hawthorne uses the fictional element of conflict to convey a pervading sense of torment and tragedy in this short story....   [tags: Obsession, Women, Imperfection]
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, focuses on the adulteress, Hester Prynne. It follows Hester’s growth from a weak outcast to a strong individual. It also describes the conflicts faced by her former husband and her former lover. While Roger Chillingworth, her former husband becomes more corrupted because of his desire for vengeance, her former lover, Arthur Dimmesdale, becomes more burdened with guilt. At first, Dimmesdale wants to expose his sins, but lacked the courage to accomplish it....   [tags: hester prynne, conflicts, diction] 1244 words
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The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - In modern time’s today, most of society will follow whatever is the most recent movement. Many people like to be with the majority, very little people try to stand out and voice their own opinion about the topic. So like in real life, in the Scarlet Letter written, a novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne many people in the town of Salem find themselves to be with the majority of the town and kind put shame to Hester’s name. Although many of the younger women feel sorry for Hester, no one tries to stand up for her....   [tags: the changes of society, story analysis] 617 words
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The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne - How many trifle or detrimental mistakes do humans make in one day, in one lifetime. The dark romanticism author, Nathaniel Hawthorne, addressed the mistakes and flaws in humans, no matter how perfect those humans or the society was supposed to be. He inclusively demonstrated in his merit, The Scarlet Letter, that everyone makes mistakes or sins, everyone has evil and innocence, and everyone, and thing, in this world has contrasting elements within it. In his novel, there are a few main characters and aspects which example this statement well....   [tags: A Summary] 996 words
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - In The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the setting of the country plays a significant role in both the characterization of Hester, the protagonist, and in the development of the work as a whole. It was only when Hester was banished to the country in isolation that she was able to achieve enlightenment--and it was only when Hester reached enlightenment that the other characters were able to grow as well. The country setting also served to establish the values of the novel--the country is depicted as a place where such virtues as modesty, wisdom, and love are held in high regard....   [tags: lieterary analysis] 557 words
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The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Nature’s Unique Traits Unraveled in The Scarlet Letter The aspect of Nature in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter seems to have been characterized to readers with having a mixed blessing. Rather than illustrating Nature in the typical Puritanical manner of the 1600’s, that Nature is downright evil, tying Nature to the “Black Man,” Hawthorne uses a different approach. Instead, Nature is fairly two-sided in that it portrays destructive as well as somewhat therapeutic powers. By means of this approach, the reader is able to extract Nature’s duality by analyzing its effects on various characters from the text....   [tags: Role of Nature]
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The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne - ... She did not try to hide her letter or make the letter small, rather she embraced her sin and made it beautiful. Hawthorne illustrates the impact the letter had on the townspeople by saying, “Both men and women who had been familiarly acquainted with Hester Prynne, were now impressed as if they beheld her for the first time- was that Scarlet Letter, so fantastically embroidered and illuminated upon her bosom. It had the effect of a spell, taking her out of the ordinary relations with humanity and enclosing her in a sphere by herself.” (51)....   [tags: sin, redemption, literary analysis] 837 words
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The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Some of the most exquisite jewels in the world are formed in protection against irritants. Pearls, indeed, are made when foreign matter enters an oyster, causing it to form a pearlescent substance around the intruder. It is no mistake then, that Nathaniel Hawthorne gave that name to the most valuable character in The Scarlet Letter. Just as a natural pearl represents rarity and value, Hawthorne’s Pearl is a symbolic moral guidepost for the other characters of the novel. For her mother, Hester, Pearl is parallel to the scarlet letter in that they both begin as punishments before becoming saviors....   [tags: Character, Literary Analysis] 970 words
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The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne - “But this had been a sin of passion, not of principle, nor even purpose.”(174). According to the legal statutes and the prevailing sentiment of keeping in accordance with a strict interpretation of the Bible, adultery is a capital sin that requires the execution of both adulterer and adulteress. The Scarlet Letter contains little glee and hopefulness. It is densely constructed in the dark with a single spot of vivid color. The theme of private sin versus public morality in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter creates internal conflict Hester Prynne and Reverend Dimmesdale with the reflection of the imagination and their society....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Puritansim] 1077 words
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - There are many different portrayed ideas of sin, guilt, and forgiveness in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. Through the characters, Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth, we see a constant theme of their empowerment and struggle through the oppressing patriarchal society. These three characters clearly went through their own version’s of sin, guilt, and forgiveness throughout the novel and I will now explain his/her reactions to the challenges of the situation. Hester, being the strong female lead of the novel, was effected in many different ways through the sins she committed; the guilt she felt; and the forgiveness she rightfully deserved....   [tags: sin, guilt, forgiveness] 847 words
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Nathaniel Hawthorne and Puritan Culture - One of Hawthorne’s best novels was The Scarlet Letter which presents a stable and sad tale of love and betrayal it was set in the context of the seventeenth-century, Puritan, New England. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s authorial intentions were to be the first American writer to explore hidden motivations of characters. His intentions of his beliefs were to show people that witchcraft wasn’t real and that Puritans were paranoid. Even though he had a Puritan descent he hated them with a passion he was ashamed of what his grandfather was and he added the w to his name through the shame of his history....   [tags: Authors] 1721 words
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The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne - In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, the guilt bestowed upon two passionate lovers committing adultery reveals the corrupt and over-radical beliefs of a strict Puritanical society. Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale face life-changing consequences after submitting to their emotions and committing sin. The narrator’s forgiving tone presents the society as being very strict in living by their social and religious codes. The administrative, or authoritarian, imagery conjured up by various scenarios with the scaffold, magistrates, and the mayor in hid castle supports the tense mood as Hester and Dimmesdale try to mysteriously elude the laws of their community....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Guilt, Puritanism] 766 words
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The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Modern society would call a lifetime of humiliation a cruel and unusual punishment. In the time of the Puritans, however, that punishment was seen as excessively merciful for Hester Prynne, a woman guilty of adultery. Forced to wear a visible label of her crime for the rest of her life, Hester was unable to hide from the sin that she committed. Her counterpart Dimmesdale, on the other hand, was seen by the public as godly, and he hid his responsibility for years. In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne illustrates the effects of the conscience, showing the differences of one whose guilt is secret and one whose is exposed....   [tags: Effects of Guilt] 770 words
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - “There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.” Martin Luther King Jr. This quotes means to understand anyone you have to understand they are not all bad or all good. That shows to the reader that the character is dynamic. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Arthur Dimmsdale is a complex character; who is loving and caring yet at the same time is selfish and callous towards others. Three characters you see his interactions with that are loving and caring but also selfish and callous are God, Hester Prynne and Pearl....   [tags: Arthur Dimmsdale, God]
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Nathaniel Hawthorne: A Brief Biography - On July 4, 1804, an author by the name of Nathaniel Hawthorne was born (Meltzer). As Hawthorne grew, he began to develop a view of himself as “the obscurest man in American letters.” Through the use of popular themes such as isolation, guilt, and earthly imperfection, Hawthorne was able to involve much of his life and ancestral past in his work to answer his own political and religious wonders (“Nathaniel”). Hawthorne successfully “confronts reality rather than evading it” in many of his stories (Clendenning)....   [tags: famous American authors]
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Nathaniel Hawthorne: A Literary Genius - Nathaniel Hawthorne was a great writer of the nineteenth century. To this day, his works continue to be widely read and highly regarded. He was a great writer and wrote about themes that are timeless and could be understood by people in his time as well as today (Diorio 134-135). His use of literary devices such as symbolism, irony, fantasy and illusion made his works very entertaining and powerful. He was said to be a “literary genius” (Diorio 134). Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts....   [tags: literature, symbolism, irony, The Scarlett Letter]
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Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - ... Wilson goes on to ask her, “ ‘Canst thou tell me, my child, who made thee?’ " (Hawthorne 50). Pearl told them that she was picked from a rosebush. This shocked them because most children knew they came from God because that is what parents taught their children. Hawthorn shows their beliefs through the actions of the ministers and governors who God chose. God chose what the elect consisted of in this time period and Hawthorne uses many examples of this belief. The townspeople of Boston looked up to Dimmesdale as if he was God himself, as one man tells Chillingworth, “ ‘......   [tags: story analysis] 790 words
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Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlett Letter - ... The amount of appreciative detail included to describe a single article of clothing further emphasizes Pearl’s significance to Hawthorne, as he describes the individual nature of Pearl’s “own proper” beauty. This individuality represented through Pearl’s attire is the light in the darkness of the little family’s life, and thus illustrates Hawthorne’s support of Pearl’s similarly individualistic character. Beyond symbolic individuality, Pearl’s display of resolute self-reliance through her actions is a force of nature against Puritan conformity....   [tags: character analysis, Pearl Prynne]
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Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is, at times, a piece that seems intended to drive one beyond any hope of reasoning. Its occasionally overpowering allegorical symbolism or its seemingly eclectic mythology can certainly seem like a purist allegory designed to imbue in one the fear of eternal sin. However, when one takes the time to read beyond the simple story and to realize the true nature of Hawthorne's verbal artistry, it becomes clear that the piece is, as stated by Richard Chase, “a novel with beautifully assimilated allegorical elements” (149)....   [tags: Literary Techniques, Book Critique]
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The Great Author Nathaniel Hawthorne - Nathaniel Hawthorne is an author who often uses religion, guilt, and symbolism. He usually uses a lot of descriptions and gives enough information to provide the reader with a visual picture. His mind often turned to matters associated with human judgments on mortality, with guilt and its consequences (Turner). In the novel Hawthorne’s short stories he has a series of stories that have to do with things like suffering, honor, and religion. One good novel that deals with all of these things as well is The Scarlet Letter including loneliness, revenge, shame, and betrayal....   [tags: Biography ]
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Guilt and Shame in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Guilt and shame haunt all three of the main characters in The Scarlet Letter, but how they each handle their sin will change their lives forever. Hester Prynne’s guilt is publicly exploited. She has to live with her shame for the rest of her life by wearing a scarlet letter on the breast of her gown. Arthur Dimmesdale, on the other hand, is just as guilty of adultery as Hester, but he allows his guilt to remain a secret. Instead of telling the people of his vile sin, the Reverend allows it to eat away at his rotting soul....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne]
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Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlett Letter - Setting in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is a powerful symbol used to support the theme of the novel. The first setting is the city of Boston. In this setting, the lives of all are on display to the public. As the story opens, the townspeople here await Hester Prynne’s appearance from her months in jail. In the city, the people’s private lives and moral actions are the topic of much discussion and observation. The people are particularly interested at this time with the moral failure of Hester....   [tags: story, setting and character analysis] 541 words
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Birthday Mark by Nathaniel Hawthorne - The discovery of electricity opened the door to many mysteries that challenged scientists of the nineteenth century. Nathaniel Hawthorne writes of some challenges that man could run into during the exploration and application of new technology in The Birthmark. These challenges are not entirely physical but they are more so about an internal struggle within Victorian mindsets. In The Birthmark there are only three characters: Aylmer, a scientist, Georgiana, Aylmer’s wife, and Aminadab, Aylmer’s lab assistant....   [tags: electricity, innocence, evil]
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Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - ... Hawthorne uses Hester’s hypocrisy to show us that hypocrisy can be hidden even in those who it is unexpected in, and in doing so he suggests that hypocrisy may be more pervasive than we think and can see. . In addition to Hester, Hawthorne uses Dimmesdale, another of his main characters in to represent an aspect of hypocrisy. Specifically, Dimmesdale represents the difficulty of shaking off hypocrisy, and brings the conclusion that hypocrisy lingers because it is so difficult to fix. Dimmesdale’s hypocrisy arises from his position as a minister even after his adulterous act....   [tags: character analyssis] 1150 words
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Ethan Brand, by Nathaniel Hawthorne - In his short story “Ethan Brand,” Nathaniel Hawthorne uses the symbolic action of the suicide to represent redemption, and also to help establish his character in the story. For us to completely understand the suicide, we have to understand what the Unpardonable Sin was and what it meant to Ethan Brand. The Unpardonable Sin can be interpreted in many different ways. First of all, his experimentation on others clearly represents how cold and uncaring he has become in his search for the Unpardonable Sin....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Symbolism, Suicide]
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Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - In my personal reference, Romanticism is a kind of literature from the eighteenth century that put its focus on nature and imaginative ideals. The Romantic Movement was a reaction to the Age of Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution. This movement consisted of many changes in society during the eighteenth century and it went against the ideals of urban environments that were popping up all around during this time by focussing on nature. The Romantic features that are seen in the book The Scarlet Letter are the ideals of individualism and truth, and not falling into society’s ways and judgements....   [tags: Romantisism, Literary Analysis]
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