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Shame and Guilt in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - External Shame vs. Internal Guilt The author of The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s writing clearly reflects his historical and religious background. Hawthorne was born in Salem during the early 1800s. During the infamous Witch trials of the 1600s, his ancestor, John Hathorne, presided as a judge. This connection with the Witch trials surely influenced Hawthorne’s view of shame and guilt. Puritans of Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter attempted to embody an idealistic, pure society. The view they held regarding infidelity was that it was atrocious (D’Emilio)....   [tags: freedom, demise, witch trials]
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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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Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - In the scarlet letter the core of the story line revolves around a movement known as the Puritan. The Puritan movement began when King Henry declared England's independence from the Church of Rome and he appointed himself head of the new Church of England. King Henry did this because he wanted to divorce his wife Catherine of Aragon in order to marry Anne Boleyn. By appointing himself head of the Church of England he was able to grant himself his own divorce that the pope would not give him. At first there was little difference between the Church of England and the Roman Catholic but later with the spread of Protestant reformers such as John Calvin the church began to change....   [tags: Hawthorne Scarlet Letter] 1898 words
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The Scarlet Letter: An Analysis of Puritanism and Sin - The Scarlet Letter: An Analysis of Puritanism and Sin The Scarlet Letter is a modern classic of American literature written about controversy and published with controversy. The main topic of the book, adultery, is written in a dark and sad way, as Hawthorne describes injustice, fate or predetermination and conscience ( Van Doren, 1998) . No other American novel of the time has such a controversial theme as Hawthorne's, The Scarlet Letter. The setting of Nathanial Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is the seventeenth century Puritan New England....   [tags: Scarlet Letter Hawthorne] 2187 words
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Free Essay on Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Message - The Message of The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne, a critically acclaimed American writer of the 19th century, was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1804. The novelist's book, The Scarlet Letter, is supposedly his best work, and universally considered a literary classic. Concerned with sin and consequences of dealing with it, Hawthorne's work relates to his own personal sense of shame about his ancestor's persecuting roles in the 17th century Salem Witch Trials. By indirectly dealing with his sense of guilt through fictional circumstances, he shows his viewpoint as being highly critical of the Puritans while teaching a strong moral lesson in the process....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 681 words
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Portrayal of Puritan Society in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Portrayal of Puritan Society in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter       In the introductory sketch to Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel the "The Scarlet Letter", the reader is informed that one of the author's ancestors persecuted the Quakers harshly. The latter's son was a high judge in the Salem witch trials, put into literary form in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" (Judge Hathorne appears there). We learn that Hawthorne feels ashamed for their deeds, and that he sees his ancestors and the Puritan society as a whole with critical eyes....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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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: The Book vs. the Movie - The Scarlet Letter:  The Book vs. the Movie    Demi Moore's portrayal of Hester in the movie The Scarlet Letter proved her worth as a feminist actress, which led her to other, more modern female empowerment roles ranging from Striptease to GI Jane.  But in the moviemakers 'attempt to give the story what they might think is a little modern flavor, they barbarously misconstrued the theme, and thus the importance, of a timeless story.  In the novel, there can be little doubt that Hester is a strong person, but the movie made her out to be a martyr for women's rights.  The female empowerment theme of the movie also inevitably led to the characterization of Christians and their ethics as tyra...   [tags: Movie Film comparison compare contrast] 1433 words
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The Role of Color in The Scarlet Letter - Throughout history, colors have been used to symbolize different meanings based on associations with culture, history, politics, and religion. In The Scarlet Letter, the author, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses symbolism through colors such as red, black and white in the form of sunlight, to represent emotions and ideologies of Hester and the people around her. Nathaniel Hawthorne uses the color red significantly throughout The Scarlet Letter to show its importance of symbolism in the emotions of sin and passion that it represents....   [tags: Hawthorne] 987 words
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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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Exploring the Sin in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne’s ancestor is John Hathorne, the “hanging judge” of the Salem witch trials. He and his family were deeply troubled by this fact, so they changed the spelling of their last name from Hathorne to Hawthorne. Nathaniel couldn’t stand the cruelty of his Puritan ancestors. These ancestors contribute a small inspiration for the writing of this book. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a romance between two sinners. This book is centered on keeping sin a secret like Dimmesdale, where it mentally and physically hurt him, therefore, Hester had a better, easier life after her sin was revealed....   [tags: literary analysis, analytical essays] 962 words
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Puritans in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - ... Instead of executing Hester, the Puritans looked upon her with mercy. With Hester’s actions contrasting differently with the majority of Puritans she stands out among the crowd. While Hawthorne utilized this character as an aid, he also contrasted the cruel Scaffold with the basic structure of a Romantic plot. The plots usually demonstrate romantic love, honor and integrity, and idealism of self (Strickland) while being arranged around crisis moments (Strickland). By combining Puritan characteristics with Romantic in the plot and characters help highlight the two worlds that lived together....   [tags: love, realism, romantic]
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The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter One of the most well known pieces of literature we read this year was Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter". This novel is considered one of Hawthorne's best pieces and can be considered a literary classic. It is obvious to see that "The Scarlet Letter" deals with issues such as sin and its consequences. From Hawthorne's ancestor's role in the Salem witch trials, we are aware of his personal reluctance and his critical judgment of the Puritans. Among many morals discussed in the book, Hawthorne tries to convey perhaps the strongest of these: That the only way to find salvation is to be open and honest about who you are....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne] 960 words
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - The Scarlet Letter, written in the 1800's by Anti-Transcendentalist Nathaniel Hawthorne, tells the story of Hester Prynne. Young Hester lived in New England, about the same time witch trials were still conducted, and she is found guilty of carrying a baby whose father she refuses to confess. The punishment for this crime is from then until the rest of her life, Hester had to bear a stitched 'A'; on her breast. This 'A'; carries the namesake of the book, The Scarlet Letter. Although thought to be an embarrassment and form of torture for Hester, this scarlet letter seems to become a sense of pride for Prynne....   [tags: essays research papers] 579 words
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What Influenced Nathaniel Hawthorne to Write The Scarlet Letter - What influences an author to write a novel. Many authors use their personal experiences to influence plots and events in their novel. They sometimes also use their ancestry background through themes or relationships in their different works. The events in an author’s life affect the style and content of their literary works which is exemplified by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. One of the most influential parts of history that helped Hawthorne write is The Salem Witch Trials. The Salem Witch Trials started in 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts....   [tags: influences, motivation, personal experiences]
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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne - The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne Nathaniel Hawthorne's background influenced him to write the bold novel The Scarlet Letter. One important influence on the story is money. Hawthorne had never made much money as an author and the birth of his first daughter added to the financial burden ("Biographical Note" VII). He received a job at the Salem Custom House only to lose it three years later and be forced to write again to support his family (IX). Consequently, The Scarlet Letter was published a year later (IX)....   [tags: essays papers] 3221 words
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Nathaniel Hawthorne’s background influenced him to write the bold novel “The Scarlet Letter.” One important influence on the story is money. Hawthorne had never made much money as an author and the birth of his first daughter added to the financial burden (biographical note VII). He received a job at the Salem Custom House only to lose it three years later and be forced to write again to support his family (IX). Consequently “The Scarlet Letter” was published one year later....   [tags: Papers] 2139 words
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Influences of Nathaniel Hawthorne's Life on His Novel "The Scarlet Letter" - Nathaniel Hawthorne is one of the greatest American authors of the nineteenth century. He published his first novel Fanshawe, in 1828. However, he is widely known for his novels The Scarlet Letter and The House of Seven Gables. His novel, The Scarlet Letter, can be analyzed from historical, psychological and feminist critical perspectives by examining his life from the past, as well as his reflections while writing The Scarlet Letter. In order to understand the book properly, it’s necessary to use these three perspectives....   [tags: Literature Analysis]
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The Scarlett Letter Review - The Scarlet Letter is a movie that has changed many times and in this summary I will try to stick to this one movie, even though I may compare it to the novel. As you already know, The Scarlet Letter was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne dealing with the times of the Salem witch trials and puritan life. It is said that Hawthorne was very focused on these times because he felt guilty because his ancestors sent many men and women through various trails including burning and drowning them. Hawthorne is a great writer and one of my personal favorites, he writes in such a way that a vision is formed in your mind and he shows the feelings of those in his stories, real or imagined....   [tags: essays research papers] 1017 words
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"The Other" as an Element Found in The Scarlet Letter - The element of "the other" is strongly found in The Scarlet Letter. This element encompasses alienation, exclusion, and isolation, which can be found in the primary characters of Hester, Pearl, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth. These people are ostracized because they have "deviate[d] from others' expectations (Williams 3)." In Kesterson's Critical Essays on Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, he gives a good summarizing description of how the characters in The Scarlet Letter, Hester, Pearl, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth, are outcasts from society in different ways....   [tags: American Literature] 2482 words
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Hawthorne's Life Versus Death In The Scarlet Letter - Hawthorne’s Life Versus Life In The Scarlet Letter To understand a book the reader must understand the background and lifetime of the author. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s childhood was one in which he was brought up by a conservative family in a Puritan Community. He was not totally sold on his culture’s ideas on many subjects. His own uncle was a judge in the witch trials of Salem. Hawthorne was embarrassed about his uncle and his involvement in the witch trials. Hawthorne was born July 4, 1804 and the only son of Captain and Elizabeth Clarke Manning Hawthorne....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Guilt as Reparation for Sin in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Guilt as Reparation for Sin in The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter is a novel about a Puritan woman who has committed adultery and must pay for her sin by wearing a scarlet “A'; on her bosom. The woman, Hester Prynne, must struggle through everyday life with the guilt of her sin. The novel is also about the suffering that is endured by not admitting to one’s wrongs. Reverend Mister Dimmesdale learns that secrecy only makes the guilt increase. Nathaniel Hawthorne is trying to display how guilt is the everlasting payment for sinful actions....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Comparing and Contrasting the Novel and Movie Version of The Scarlet Letter - The Novel vs. Film of The Scarlet Letter Films of this era are criticized for substituting violence and special effects for "substance". Many believe that creating a movie script is a juvenile form of writing, a shrub to the oak of a novel. Upon reading both the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and viewing the film produced by Roland Joffe, one notices the tremendous effort put into both. This essay will explore the many differences and similarities between the book and movie....   [tags: Movie Film comparison compare contrast] 3017 words
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Who is Nathaniel Hawthorne? - “Let men tremble to win the hand of a woman, unless they win along with it the utmost passion of her heart” is one of my favorite quotes that Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote from the Scarlet Letter. Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American writer, that wrote fictional stories. He was a gifted writer that was influenced to use his gift by a well known man, with the name of Ralph Waldo Emerson. I believe Nathaniel had an talent to make stories rhyme with detail, that sets the scene in your very, own mind. Hawthorne had a interesting life, he enjoyed writing short stories, like Twice-Told Tales”(that he had wrote in 1837), and reading....   [tags: Writer, The Scarlet Letter, Fictional Stories]
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Comparing The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthrone and The Crucible by Arthur Miller - The Puritans had a heavily important part in the formation of early America, as well as a religion that influenced our early American society. This society has been the target which many authors have picked to set their novels in. The topic of Puritan life contains a broad list of aspects that can be easily compared to one another in several different books. Two selections that go into detail about some of the different aspects of the Puritan people are The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, and The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Comparing The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthrone and The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Through careful analysis of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthrone and The Crucible by Arthur Miller; one will discover similar themes. These themes include sin, punishment of sin, the devil, and love/lust. Through careful analysis and discussion one can see the evident relationship that exists between these two works. The most obvious theme contained in both works is sin. In The Scarlet Letter, the sin that has been committed is adultery and has produced an illegitimate child. Hester Prynne, and the outspoken and praised minister of the Puritan community Arthur Dimmsdale were the adulters who committed the sin and produced the child Pearl....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1172 words
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Case of Rebecca Nurse: Witch Trials - In the small town of Salem, there came an uproar of people being witches and the practice of witchcraft among the people in the town. The town’s eyes were looking at Abigail Williams, Betty Paris, along with the other young girls that were dancing in the forest, making a love potion. To get the towns eyes off of them, they started pointing the finger at many others in the town who they didn’t like. The ‘afflicted’ girls blamed these people for possessing their bodies, forcing these girls to do the devilish acts that they were caught doing....   [tags: salem, witchcraft, witch trials]
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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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The Role of Young Women in the Salem Witch Trials - The term witchcraft is defines as the practice of magic intended to influence nature. It is believed that only people associated with the devil can perform such acts. The Salem Witch Trials was much more than just America’s history, it’s also part of the history of women. The story of witchcraft is first and foremost the story of women. Especially in its western life, Karlsen (1989) noted that “witchcraft challenges us with ideas about women, with fears about women, with the place of women in society and with women themselves”....   [tags: The Salem Witch Trials]
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Dimmesdale’s Metamorphosis in The Scarlet Letter - Dimmesdale’s Metamorphosis Life is unpredictable, and through trial and error humanity learns how to respond to conflicts and learns how to benefit from mistakes. Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is a character who changes and gains knowledge from the trials he faces, but first he has to go through physical, spiritual, and emotional agony. In the midst of all the havoc, the young theologian is contaminated with evil but fortunately his character develops from fragile to powerful, and the transformation Dimmesdale undergoes contributes to the plot’s climax....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter] 825 words
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Feminism in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Written in 1850, The Scarlet Letter stood as a very progressive book. With new ideas about women, main characters’ stories intertwined, and many different themes, The Scarlet Letter remains today as a extremely popular novel about 17th century Boston, Massachusetts. Not only was the 19th century a time for the abolition of slavery movement but it was also the beginning of the first wave of feminism. Women such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Lucretia Mott catalyzed the women’s rights movement....   [tags: the scarlet letter] 550 words
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Hester's Alienation from Society Depicted in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Throughout The Scarlet Letter, the moral and social values pertaining to the discrimination of females by society is revealed through the alienation of Hester Prynne, the main character in The Scarlet Letter. During The Scarlet Letter, Hester is punished for her adulterous relationship with Reverend Dimmesdale which results in a child named Pearl. As a result of the adulterous relationship, the authorities of The Puritan society that she is residing in sentences her to wear a Scarlet Letter on her breast that is supposed to stand for adulterer, stand on a scaffold in front of the entire community for public viewing of her Scarlet Letter and Pearl, and serve a prison sentence....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter] 996 words
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Salem Witch Trials - Some people say that the Salem Witch Trials were less a religious persecution than economic in purpose, using religion as a guise to gain property. I believe that the Salem witch trials were less a religious persecution than economical. I believe this for several reasons; one being that the accused witches were using their witchcraft on other people in the town and it was affecting them. Many people were accused of performing witchcraft and were persecuted for doing so. But I believe that people in towns accused others of "witchcraft" whenever something went wrong, because "witchcraft" was such a common thing back than....   [tags: Witch Trials] 1747 words
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The Salem Witch Trials - The Salem Witch Trials The witch trials of the late 1600's were full of controversy and uncertainty. The Puritan town of Salem was home to most of these trials, and became the center of much attention in 1692. More than a hundred innocent people were found guilty of practicing witchcraft during these times, and our American government forced over a dozen to pay with their lives. The main reasons why the witch trials occurred were conflicts dealing with politics, religion, family, economics, and fears of the citizens....   [tags: History Salem Witch Trials] 1357 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 Symbolism of the Forest in The Scarlet Letter - “She had wandered, without rules or guidance, in a moral wilderness: as vas, as intricate and shadowy, as the untamed forest” (180). Nature plays an essential part in this American Romance novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter. The forest is a prominent factor symbolizing many ideas about nature’s relationship with man, as an individual and a society. The narrator does so by simply narrating about events and characters before, during and after the forest scenes. The narrator also displays the people’s feelings towards the forest and nature in general....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter Essays]
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Adultery Explored in The Scarlet Letter - That Nathaniel Hawthorne to chose such a controversial topic as adultery for The Scarlet Letter, his nineteenth century novel of "seventeenth century sexual repression and hypocrisy" (Zabarenko PG), demonstrates a delicate yet changing climate with regard to infidelity. Historically, carrying on an adulterous affair back in such an era of Puritanism and traditional values was not taken lightly; in fact, by today's standards, such horrific treatment for what is now considered an everyday occurrence was more harsh than murders suffer by current standards....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter Essays]
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Salem Witch Trials - The Massachusetts Bay Experiment, although it started as a commercial enterprise, was highly grounded on religion. As John Winthrop said, they wanted to create a “city upon a hill,” or a utopia where God’s favor could be achieved. To attain this Promised Land, the Puritans devoted themselves to their church life and God. Spending hours at service every day, the Puritans were a closely-knit community due to the power of the church. Whenever any problem in the community emerged, the Puritans looked to the church to give them an answer....   [tags: History massachusetts Witch Trials] 1148 words
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Salem Witch Trials - The year 1692 marked a major event in history in the town of Salem, Massachusetts. The Salem Witchcraft Trials still leaves this country with so many questions as to what happened in that small town. With all the documentation and accounts of the story, people are still wondering why 19 people died as a result of these trials. This paper will discuss the events leading up to the Salem Witch Trials and the events that took place during and after the trials, and the men and women who were killed or spent the remainder of their lives in jail....   [tags: History Salem Witch Trials] 1476 words
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The Truth of Reverend Hale during The Salem Witch Trials in "the Crucible,” by Arthur Miller - The Salem witch trials were a time period in which there was mass chaos and very little reason. In, “The Crucible,” by Arthur Miller, there were an elect group of people that overcame this hysteria of the trials. Among the people of reason arose, Reverend Hale, who displayed both sides of the hysteria. Reverend Hale is a dynamic character as he transforms from a character following the strict law and causing the deaths of many, to a character that understands the ridiculousness of the trials. In the beginning of the play, Hale enters as a strict law abiding citizen enjoying his position of power and his ability to make the decisions in Salem....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Arthur Miller] 543 words
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The Significance of the Scaffold Scenes in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The exhausting path from sin to salvation has been travelled regularly throughout the history of mankind. Nathaniel Hawthorne explores this common struggle to reach absolution in his thought-provoking novel, the Scarlet Letter. The novel focuses on the progression of adulteress and pariah, Hester Prynne, and her accomplice, the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, over the course of several years after they commit adultery. The hardships endured by these two characters express the difficulty of absolving oneself from sin in 17th-century Puritan New England....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter] 885 words
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The Significance of the Scaffold Scenes in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Setting is the time and location in which the story takes place. The scaffold is an important setting in the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The scaffold scenes are the most dramatic and foreshadowing and help highlight the most important events of the novel. This is evident in the beginning, middle and conclusion of the book. The main characters are present in these scenes and the main symbol, the scarlet letter. In the first scaffold scene, Hester Prynne stands at the scaffold holding her infant daughter pearl for public humiliation for her crime....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter] 538 words
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Symbolization of Chillingworth as the Devil in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne crammed The Scarlet Letter with religious symbolism. One of the most interesting symbols is that of Chillingworth as the devil. All through the novel there are numerous indications and relations that verify the fact that Chillingworth is a delegate for the king of darkness. One of the various ways Chillingworth serves as the devil’s advocate is by being the antithesis of Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, the palpable Jesus figure of the narrative. Chillingworth keenly sets out to devastate Dimmesdale, as Hawthorne informs us when referring to Chillingworth's unearthing of Dimmesdale's secret, “All that guilty sorrow, hidden from the world, whose great heart would have pitied an...   [tags: The Scarlet Letter] 519 words
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The Symbol of Guilt in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter - The scarlet letter is a symbol of guilt with the power to transform not only its wearer, but everyone involved in its inaugural scandal. Pearl and the letter share a certain relationship, and at times seem to mirror each other, as they exhibit similar tendencies. As children of indignity alike, they unconsciously serve as emotional grim reapers, and together, they unwillingly carry out the supernatural mandate of punishment rationed to them through sadistic and demoniac means. Because the two chosen are but unwilling situational puppets strewn by fate, it is impossible for self proclaimed vigilantes of the paranormal to come out unscathed....   [tags: the scarlet letter]
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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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Pearl and Chillingworth's Struggle for Dimmesdale's Soul in The Scarlet Letter - The struggle between good and evil is the basis for any good work of literature. The Scarlet Letter is a unique story when it comes to the battle of light over darkness. There is not a set of good characters versus a set of bad; each individual has his own sins, whether hidden or exposed, that blights his nature. Despite this, there is one main struggle that dominates throughout the book. Pearl and Roger Chillingworth contend brutally over the soul of the minister Arthur Dimmesdale. Although seen as a holy magistrate, Reverend Dimmesdale committed the sin of adultery....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter]
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