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Reclaiming the Voice in So Long a Letter - Reclaiming the Voice in Bâ's So Long a Letter            Peter Barry identifies as one of the major aims of Postcolonial criticism the rejection of "the claims to universalism made on behalf of canonical Western literature" and more specifically "to show its limitations of outlook, especially its general inability to empathize across boundaries of cultural and ethnic difference" (198). Although Bâ's intentions are not primarily anti-colonial, her novel So Long a Letter exemplifies how African literature provides a different perspective of their culture, and despite not fitting the model of the English canon, is valuable and significant on its own terms....   [tags: So Long a Letter Essays]
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Tradition and Customs in So Long A Letter by Mariama Ba - Tradition and Customs in So Long A Letter by Mariama Ba Tradition and customs very often hold an important position in ones life and culture. The novel So Long A Letter, by Mariama Ba, is based on the Senegalese culture and shows how important tradition is in Africa. The novel is a series of letters written by a recently widowed woman, Ramatoulaye, to her best friend Aissatou. The transition through the many grieving stages and traditional mourning events are explained, as well as a woman?s place in a Senegalese society and family....   [tags: Papers Long Letter Mariama Ba Essays]
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A Woman's Place in Fantasia and So Long a Letter - A Woman's Place in Fantasia and So Long a Letter Throughout history women have always had to stand behind their men (whether it be rules, tradition, etc.). In almost every history context, whether it about wars or people, they have almost been written by men for men. It is not even until this century that women in this country have gained new grounds for the equality that we hope will be as substantial with men’s equality. Despite women’s hopes for equality, there is always old traditions that are so hard to be break that they sometimes keep women in inferior positions....   [tags: Fantasia So Long a Letter Women Literature Essays] 3217 words
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Mariama Bâ’s So Long a Letter - Mariama Bâ’s So Long a Letter When a person hears words like feminist or feminism, notions of what it means to be feminine, or consequently unfeminine, begin to dimly form in our mind’s eye. Although we cannot definitively answer the question of what is feminine, we are able to recognize it when we see it or its absence. This conception, however, is arbitrary at best. What is it about an evening gown that seems to define and dress the feminine aura while a woman spitting would be denounced as inherently unfeminine....   [tags: Mariama Ba Long Letter Feminism Essays]
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So Long A Letter by Mariama Ba and Blood Wedding by Frederico Garcia Lorca - "So Long A Letter" by Mariama Ba and "Blood Wedding" by Frederico Garcia Lorca Thesis: Characters that cause immense pain to another, especially to their consorts, succumb to death in the texts So Long A Letter and Blood Wedding by Mariama Bâ and Federico García Lorca respectively. Death is one aspect of life that prevents a person from being invincible. It is one of the inevitable occurrences that a man has to yield to. In the texts So Long A Letter and Blood Wedding by Mariama Bâ and Federico García Lorca respectively, death is a poignant theme that has prevailed throughout the course of the text....   [tags: Long Letter Ba Blood Wedding Lorca Essays] 1346 words
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So Long a Letter, by Mariama Ba - Mariamma Ba’s So Long a Letter and the role women and impact of western culture on Islamic women in post-colonial Senegal: A critical analysis of Aissatou. European Culture vs. African: France occupied Africa and brought in the language and educational system, but the cultural traditions of marriage, living, and the place of woman is still under African traditions. Senegal, a country colonized by the French, witnessed a slight change in the role and place of women. In Senegal the disparity between the men and women went in the favour of the men....   [tags: social issues, islam]
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Comparing The Scarlet Letter and Long Black Veil - Comparing The Scarlet Letter and Long Black Veil       The song, "Long Black Veil", written by Johnny Cash has many similar elements to The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Both have to do with the sin of adultery that ends up hurting the characters in the stories. In "Long Black Veil" a man is convicted of a murder because he cannot provide an alibi for the night that another man was killed. It turns out that the night of the murder, this man had been "in the arms of his best friend's wife." The man ends up being executed while the woman punishes herself for not saving his life by wearing a long black veil....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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The Doctor’s Wife and So Long a Letter - Men have been shown to be the prime cause of competition between the women characters in the novels “The Doctor’s Wife” by Sawako Ariyoshi and “So Long a Letter” by Mariama Bâ. This is strongly evident in “The Doctor’s Wife” from the time Umpei returns home, after completing his education. A major change is also noticed in Otsugi’s behavior towards Kae. The intense tension caused by the competition between the women characters is also shown in “So Long a Letter” when the two men, Modou Fall and Mawdo Bâ, marry their second wives....   [tags: Literature]
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Koran, So Long A Letter And The Symposium - by Gabe pollow In the fall semester of our Preceptorial class we covered many books that represented strong points about many issues. Many of these books took place in history a long time ago, although this is true they seem to be timeless. I have learned a great deal throughout all of the readings, and changed many of my feelings about several different issues. The books that had then most impacts on my thoughts were The Symposium, The Koran, The Apology, and So Long A Letter. These books have all made me fight the beliefs that I had prior to reading them, which is a sign of a strong book....   [tags: essays research papers] 1896 words
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Free-Thinking Women in Mariama Ba´s So Long a Letter - In Mariama Ba’s So Long a Letter, the author utilizes the female characters to depict of the dichotomy present in this Senegalese society. The clear contrast between traditional cultural practices and the modern ideologies present in revolutionary, free-thinking women, create a definitive border between these two polar opposite viewpoints. Ramatoulaye, Daba, and Aissatou are significant figures in the novel that showcase the modernizing roles and thinking of women through the comparison of their cultural norms....   [tags: traditional, society, practices, culture] 1537 words
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So long a letter - Daniel Overmyer’s, Religions of China, discusses the historical developments of the different religions of China. It also addresses the impact religion has on the daily life of the Chinese in the past and present. Overmyer introduces the Chinese living system with his knowledge of Feng-shui, and how everything is connected by shared rhythms. “These rhythms are discussed as the cold, dark forces of yin and the hot, bright forces of yang; together with the five powers of metal, plant, life, water, fire and earth; these forces are modes of qi, “vital substance”....   [tags: essays research papers] 848 words
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Things Fall Apart, Efuru, and So Long a Letter - This essay will provide a brief overview and personal opinion of the Modern African Literature of “Things Fall Apart”, “Efuru”, and “So Long a Letter”. These books directly identify the transformation required by each individual for their survival within the groups/clans where they resided. The main characters identified in each book were faced with making decisions that would alter and impact the course of their lives. These difficult decisions not only required them to regard their own well being but the well being of the community as a whole....   [tags: essays research papers] 594 words
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The Scarlet Letter: The Response to Sin - We are all sinners. Although one may try hard not to sin, all humans eventually succumb at some time or another to sin. While people may not able to avoid the fate which awaits them, the power of free will allows people to decide how they will respond to sin. While some may respond with guilt and regret, others may react with a sense of redemption and a renewed sense of responsibility. Nathanial Hawthorne, an American author during the 19th century witnessed the power of sin to wreak havoc not only to an individual but a whole community....   [tags: Theme of Sin in The Scarlet Letter ]
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The Significance of the Letter in The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter: The Significance of the Letter             Adultery has been around almost as long as people. It has maintained a harsh punishment, from banishment to death, but in the Puritan world of colonial America (from about 1620-1640), its punishment may have been worse than either. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne is a lonely Puritan woman who commits infidelity with a preacher and has a son from the untruthful union. To punish her for this act, the council of leaders forces her to wear a large “A” on her bosom, to let all know what she has done....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Cortázar’s Short Story, Letter to a Young Lady in Paris - Cortázar’s short story “Letter to a Young Lady in Paris,” is a seven-and-a-half page long letter from a young man to his young female friend who has allowed him to house sit for her while she is away in Paris. The letter was written over several days, which shows his dedication to their relationship; very few men would write that much, or with such candidness to anybody. In a similar light, very few women would allow males into their apartments when they are present, much less when they are away and thus unable to keep a keen watch over whatever is happening....   [tags: Letter to a Young Lady in Paris] 885 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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Hester's Isolation and Alienation in The Scarlet Letter - Hester's Isolation and Alienation in The Scarlet Letter In Nathaniel Hawthorn's The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne and Reverend Dimmsdale have committed adultery, an unacceptable sin during the Puritan times. As a result of their sin, a child is born, whom the mother names Pearl. Out of her own free will Hester has to face major punishments. She has to serve many months in prison, stand on the scaffold for three hours under public scrutiny, and attach a scarlet letter, "A" on her chest every day as long as she remained in the town of Boston....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 732 words
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The Themes of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Themes of The Scarlet Letter        The Scarlet Letter is a romantic novel, mainly because it is a long, fictitious tale of heroes and extraordinary events.  Unfolding over a seven year period, we are treated to the heroism of Hester Prynne and her adulterous beloved, the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale and the mysterious actions and behavior of their love child, Pearl, and the witch, Mistress Hibbins.  The story is set against the background of Puritan, New England, a stern, authoritarian, colony founded by a group of religious reformers.  Before the novel begins, Hester is guilty of an affair which produced Pearl while her husband was abroad.  Her husband, Roger Chillingworth, comes to A...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Use of Symbols and Symbolism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Use of Symbols in The Scarlet Letter       In many stories, symbols included by the author add deeper meaning.  Nathaniel Hawthorne is one author who mastered the skill of using symbols effectively.  The Scarlet Letter is regarded as a "symbolic masterpiece" due to Hawthorne's exceptional use of the scarlet letter, the setting, and Pearl as symbols.   One of the main symbols of the novel is the basis for the title of the novel itself.  Hester Prynne's scarlet letter is attached to her dress, and appears "in fine red cloth surrounded with an elaborate embroidery with fantastic flourishes of gold thread" (Hawthorne 60).  The letter is said to have "the effect of a spell, taking h...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Resolution of Sin in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Resolution of Sin in The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynne is a young, beautiful woman who was sent to Boston by her husband who planned to join her but was persumed lost at sea. She looked to Arthur Dimmesdale for comfort and spiritual guidance. Their solace became passion and resulted in the sin of adultery and the birth of their daughter, Pearl. This sin had a huge impact on them and changed their lives forever. It is what the book The Scarlet Letter is all about and how different the characters dealt with it....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 549 words
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Lessons Learned from Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Lessons Learned from The Scarlet Letter       The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is considered by many to be a classic novel. In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne provides his audience with a real sense of the consequences of unconfessed sin, isolation from society, and the presence of evil everywhere. Through his portrayal of the main characters, his choice of setting, and his implied moral lessons, he teaches lessons that must be learned for humans to continue living in harmony with one another....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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The Strength of a Single Parent Shown in The Scarlet Letter - What is a single parent. Is it one who destroys their child’s life. Is it one who ultimately cannot raise a minor on their own. Or is it one who dedicates their lives to the well being of their kid. Imagine a parent, and for whatever reason they were left alone to raise a child. That parent you imagined has to work long hours just to put a meal on the table. That parent has to play the role of the mother and father. That parent has no financial support. Unfortunately, in our society, this image of a single parent is looked down upon....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter: ] 1280 words
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Believability in "The Scarlet Letter" - In the novel The Scarlet Letter many people argue the believability of the books characters . There happen to be several parts of the story that are highly believable. But on the other hand there are many parts of the story that are so highly improbable that it is unlikely that such occurrences could happen in that day and age. For the suggested time period some of the personality traits are doubtful. But to a certain perceptive the book seems to have a mixture of likeliness. Hester Prynne is one of the believable characters....   [tags: Scarlet Letter, Believability, Nathaniel Hawthorne] 806 words
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Symbols and Symbolism - The Letter A in The Scarlet Letter - The Symbolism of the Letter in The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter includes many profound and important symbols. This device of symbolism is portrayed well in the novel, especially through the scarlet letter "A". The "A" is the best example because of the changes in the meaning throughout the novel. In the beginning of the novel, the scarlet letter "A" is viewed as a symbol of sin. The middle of the novel is a transition period, where the scarlet letter "A" is viewed differently....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 1531 words
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Letter from Jean-Jacques Rousseau - Letter to the Editor Assignment Letter From Jean-Jacques Rousseau After reading an article written in The Globe and Mail describing Toronto’s current Mayor, Rob Ford’s latest scandal, there were various statements that caught my attention. It shocks me that such behaviour is tolerated by the community after receiving what I believe to be a disingenuous apology. I believe that Mayor Ford encapsulates everything that is wrong with our political system. His actions prove that he believes to be above the will of the people, taking advantage of his freedom when he should be putting the needs of the community first....   [tags: letter to the editor assignment] 1238 words
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Torment and Suffering in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn - Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is one of the most famous American author of all American literaturary history. The novel is treated as one of the greatest novel in American literary history. In the sotry, Hester, the main character of the novel, is condemned to wear the scarlet letter "A" on her chest as a permanent sign of her sin. The author describes torment suffered by Hester and her partner of the adultery, the minister Arthur Dimmesdale in the later years. The story begins at the end of Hester's imprisonment after her affair and through many years to her final acceptance of her place in the community as the wearer of the scarlet letter a symbol of shame....   [tags: puritan society, slavery, letter A] 642 words
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Concealed and Confessed Guilt in The Scarlet Letter and Macbeth - Two classical themes in literature are concealed guilt and confessed guilt and in many instances the reader sees the affects of these on individuals. In the examination and exploration of The Scarlet Letter and Macbeth the necessary comparison for both is provided. The guilt in The Scarlet Letter is seen in the minds and outward appearance of each main character, Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale. In Macbeth the readers sees an obvious guilt in the main character, Macbeth. When one does wrong, the common reaction is to hide it and pretend as if nothing happened....   [tags: The scarlet letter, Macbeth] 542 words
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The Effects of Sin in Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter - Sin has been present since the beginning of time and will forever remain. As each era has passed, people have had different views on how sin should be recognized and punished. In the Puritan times, sin was usually punishable by death. Therefore, some sins were purposefully hidden. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale becomes a victim to his own concealed sin. Dimmesdale is a partner in adultery with Hester Prynne, the wearer of the scarlet letter. He is living a lie, and it is tearing his guilty soul apart....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter Essays]
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The Scarlett Letter - The Scarlett Letter The story opens with Hester Prynne standing silently on the scaffold in the middle of a town square in 18th century Boston. Hester, holding her small child in her arms, is publicly on trial for adultery. The town people, especially the women, are not happy that Hester has been sentenced only to wear a scarlet letter and to stand on a public platform for a few hours of public humiliation. However, the judge has decided to be merciful to her because, over all, she has been a good citizen up to this point....   [tags: The Scarlett Letter] 3043 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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Sin in The Scarlet Letter - Sin in The Scarlet Letter Since the dawn of time people have read, studied and enjoyed books in which the hero or heroes fall from grace. No matter who those heroes are- the human race in The Bible,the demon prince Lestat in Anne Rice's "Vampire Chronicles"or a certain Thane of Cawdor in "Macbeth"- sin plays a greatpart in all of their downfalls and subsequent ressurections.And the three main characters in Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter"-Dimmesdale, Chillingsworth, and Hester Prynne- are no different....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 552 words
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Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - One could say that Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is a tale of transformation. The main characters' personalities shift with their environment; the scarlet letter takes on a new light. Hawthorne's view of what is going on changes, as does our own. The book is dynamic in a sneaky sort of way. If the reader isn't careful, a character can be changed dramatically in two or three pages, and no one is the wiser as to how they got there. Pearl, Minister Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth are just a few of those characters....   [tags: Hawthorne Scarlet Letter] 1421 words
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Hester Prynne of Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter - “Religion today is too often merely the worship of guilt, an obsession with sin and an exercise in the rubrics of repentance” (Evely) 1. Such is the case of all sin, including the adultery of Hester Prynne, the main character in Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. The novel takes place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1642-1649 during an era of strict religion under Puritan watch. Hester Prynne, one of such people living in the colony, is punished greatly for her sin, although she is not punished in death....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter] 898 words
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The Symbolic Pearl in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Pearls have always held a great price to mankind, but no pearl had ever been earned at as high a cost to a person as in Hester Prynne, a powerful Heroine in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter. Her daughter Pearl, born into a Puritan prison in more ways than one, is an enigmatic character serving entirely as a vehicle for symbolism. From her introduction as an infant on her mother’s scaffold of shame to the stormy peak of the story, Pearl is an empathetic and intelligent child. Throughout the story she absorbs the hidden emotions of her mother and magnifies them for all to see....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 1144 words
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Symbolism of the Rose Bush in The Scarlet Letter - Symbolism of the Rose Bush in The Scarlet Letter           "On the breast of her gown, in fine red cloth surrounded with an elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold thread, appeared the letter 'A'" (51). That one simple letter set into the bodice of a young woman named Hester Prynne, tells a story of heartache, pride, strength and triumph in the book elegantly written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter (1850). Hawthorne's novel provides many types of symbolism. One of such is the symbolism of a red rose bush growing outside the gates of the town prison....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Sinfulness of the Puritans in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Sinfulness of the Puritans in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne brings to The Scarlet Letter a notion of sin and guilt that seems to stem from his experience and knowledge of Puritan theology and religious practice. In "The Custom House" Hawthorne communicates his apprehension for the persecutory impulses of his ancestors who "have mingled their earthly substance with the soil, until no small portion of it must necessarily be akin to the moral frame wherewith, for a little while, I walk the streets" (1309)....   [tags: Scarlet Letter 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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Pillars of Metaphorical Ambiguity in The Scarlet Letter - Pillars of Metaphorical Ambiguity in The Scarlet Letter Among the multiplicity of arcane elements hidden beneath the words in Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter", none is so apparent, yet strikingly subtle to the reader's perception and consumption of characterization than the allegorical play on words within the names of the characters.  Both the protagonist and her rival within the plot are blessed with conveniently appropriate, fitting names.  The four pillars supporting this novel are all cloaked with foreshadowing names, which silently clue the reader into what traits and significance the character holds as the story unfolds.  These pillars that solidify the novel are Hester Prynne, Rog...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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The Double Life Exposed in The Scarlet Letter - The Double Life Exposed in The Scarlet Letter   Irish novelist Brian Moore observed, "There comes a point in many people's lives when they can no longer play the role they have chosen for themselves".  From Hollywood movie stars to professional athletes, people have and will continue to lead false lives, under the public spotlight, concealing their personal travails.  In literature, the preceding statement has held true numerous times, in works such as Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter.  Minister and respected citizen, Arthur Dimmesdale, was perceived as an upstanding member of the community who preached the word of the heavenly Father....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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The Power of Secret Sin in The Scarlet Letter - The Power of Secret Sin in The Scarlet Letter   One of the main themes in The Scarlet Letter is that of the secret.  The plot of the book is centered on Hester Prynne’s secret sin of adultery.  Nathaniel Hawthorne draws striking parallelism between secrets held and the physical and mental states of those who hold them.  The Scarlet Letter demonstrates that a secret or feeling kept within slowly engulfs and destroys the soul such as Dimmesdale’s sin of hypocrisy and Chillingworth’s sin of vengeance, while a secret made public, such as Prynne’s adultery, can allow a soul to recover and even strengthen....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 1518 words
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Hester - Predator or Prey in The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter: Hester - Predator or Prey. The Scarlet Letter had a controversial plot when it was published in 1850. The main character, Hester Prynne, and her scarlet "A" have been a symbol of adultery for over one hundred years. It is hard to determine whether Hester should be considered a predator or the prey throughout this novel. Individual upbringing and teachings could create a predetermined opinion of Hester and the sin of adultery. Hester's beauty was breathtaking. Her dark hair and brown eyes were alluring....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 957 words
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Guilt in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Guilt in The Scarlet Letter What is guilt. We all have guilt about something. Maybe forgetting something, lied about something, or even did something that shouldn't of been done. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne we saw guilt fester in the minds and outward appearance of the main characters, Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth. When you hear the word guilt what do you think it means. Guilt means remorseful awareness of having done something wrong or of having failed to do something required or expected....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 769 words
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Changes of Character in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter: Changes of Character The Scarlet Letter involves many characters that go through several changes during the course of the story. In particular, the young minister Dimmesdale, who commits adultery with Hester, greatly changes. He is the moral blossom of the book, the character that makes the most progress for the better. It is true that Dimmesdale, being a minister, should be the role model of the townspeople. He is the last person who should commit such an awful crime and lie about it, but in the end, he confesses to the town....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 710 words
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Two Faces in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter:  Two Faces               "No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude without finally becoming bewildered as to which may be true”. In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, this quote applies to the two main characters of the novel. It applies to Arthur Dimmesdale in a literal way; he clearly is not the man that he appears to be, and the guilt that goes along with such deception consumes his entire life. The quote also applies to Hester Prynne, but in quite a different way because it was not her choice to wear the “face” that she was forced to wear.  The mark of the scarlet letter on her bosom determined how other...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Sin in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter -      Nathaniel Hawthorne's bold novel, The Scarlet Letter, revolves around sin and punishment.  The main characters of the novel sharply contrast each other in the way they react to the sin that has been committed             Dimmesdale's instantaneous response to the sin is to lie.  He stands before Hester and the rest of the town and proceeds to give a moving speech about how it would be in her and the father's best interest for her to reveal the father's name (67).  Though he never actually says that he is not the other parent, he implies it by talking of the father in third person (67).  Such as, "If thou feelest it to be for thy soul's peace, and that thy earthly punishment will the...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Hawthorne's Hierarchy of Sin in The Scarlet Letter - Hawthorne's Hierarchy of Sin in The Scarlet Letter        Throughout the novel The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne focuses on the struggle of Hester Prynne, a woman who is forced to deal with the strict Puritan punishment for the adulterous birth of her child, Pearl.  Yet, the very Puritan values that bring Hester public ignominy help to lift her to a position of respect in the community.  Although Hawthorne does not condone Hester's sin, he takes pains to show that her sin is minimal in comparison to those of her weak lover, Arthur Dimmesdale, and of her vengeful husband, Roger Chillingworth....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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