The Scarlet Letter exemplifies the intrepid view of morality held by the writer. Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter allegorizes that shame is advantageous for freedom while buried guilt only leads to demise. The history and religious background of Hawthorne’s life exemplifies his penchant for the topic of morality. In Melvin Askew’s article, the author proposes that Hawthorne was specifically concerned with consequences in a life. In Askew’s article, he provides a summation with an insightful statement of Hawthorne’s intention, “…the profound, psychological complex of experience and knowledge that leads to maturity of mind and heart” (Askew).
In other words, it is an essentialist and stereotypical representation that does not take into account the complexities and the changeability of puritan behavior in an attempt to portray its underlying and unchanging essence. The outcome is a fixed and commonly-held image of puritans as a ‘grim and gloomy race, impatient with human weakness and m... ... middle of paper ... ...h they are written and the social sphere in which he moved, his background, and various other influences on him. In conclusion, she brings out how Hawthorne’s fiction creates a biased and monolithic portrayal of the puritans ignoring the complexity of their theology and culture. Ideally, Madsen should have shed some light upon this complexity which could have substantiated her claim that Hawthorne denies the existence of any sophistication in puritan culture and theology. Works Cited Hawthorne, N., 1850.
D.H. Lawrence criticizes Nathaniel Hawthorne’s portrayal of Hester Prynne from The Scarlet Letter in his essay “On the Scarlet Letter.” By focusing on Hester’s sin itself rather than its causes and consequences, Lawrence expresses his opinion on the role of Hester in the novel. Lawrence utilizes choppy syntax, biblical allusions, and a sarcastic tone to clearly reveal his objection towards Hawthorne’s depiction of Hester as a victim of Puritan society’s condemnation. Lawrence writes his criticism with choppy syntax to convey his ideas in a pithy manner. His use of choppy syntax is evident throughout his entire argument. For instance, Lawrence achieves straightforward prose when he calls Hester, “Adulteress.
In the allegorical novel The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses the characters of Hester Prynne, Reverend Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth order to convey the central moral of rejecting societal ideals and acting upon one 's own desires and emotions. Hester Prynne helps show the moral of acting upon what one truly wants by accepting her punishment and making it into a positive
In this way, Hawthorne establishes a dichotomy between lack of color and color in order to show concealment as the greatest sin. The Puritan world is the setting. In their isolated world, the Puritans share the belief that acts such as adultery are the greatest sins. The revolutionary writer, Hawthorne, penetrates this world to expose Puritan hypocrisy and, through Hester, Dimmesdale, and Pearl, shows that concealment is the greater sin. Through them, Hawthorne teaches the lesson that concealed guilt will gradually drain its bearer of all strength and power, whereas honesty will have an empowering effect.
Literary critic D. H. Lawrence criticizes Nathaniel Hawthorne’s character Hester Prynne from the novel The Scarlet Letter. Hawthorne portrays Hester Prynne as a pure character while Lawrence provides a powerful and logical explanation as to why Hester does not deserve any admiration. In his essay, “On The Scarlet Letter,” D. H. Lawrence applies precise diction, biblical allusions, and dramatic verbal irony to emphasize Hester Prynne as a character who should be criticized and mocked for her sins. Lawrence uses the words “demon” and “witch” to express his antipathy towards Hester Prynne. Lawrence suspects Hester to be an atrocious influence to others as he states, “Oh, Hester, you are a demon.
The one who is the embodiment of evil creates hypocrisy of Puritanical views towards sin and evil. Hawthorne displays that those who expose sin to the public and the daylight are the most pure and those who conceal their sin under a dark shadow are destined to be defeated. Through his use of light and dark imagery and the contrast of his beliefs versus the beliefs of the Puritans, Hawthorne exposes the hypocritical beliefs of the Puritans by portraying Dimmesdale as destined for demise for concealing his sin, and ironically Hester the most pure for admitting her sin. The first description of Dimmesdale that Hawthorne presents to the reader is of Dimmesdale hiding his sin. One Puritan says, speaking of Hester's sin, "Reverend Master Dimmesdale, her godly pastor, takes it very grievously to heart that such a scandal have come upon his congregation" (38).
Ultimately, Hawthorne’s goal is to convince readers that the Puritan culture - their customs, their traditions, their way of life - is wrong in that it suppresses the joy, and freedom, that is necessary for a society to thrive. He attempts to convince them that the Puritan religion, as a whole, is overbearing, and clearly unjust. Hawthorne wants his audience to go through a logical progression of cause
The ‘historical signs’ of such moral purposiveness provide moral orientation through the conflicting claims that arise within and between complex and historically evolving human communities. I explore the role of disinterested judgement in providing this orientation and in marking the moral disposition of the species. In contrast with his major ethical works, Kant’s writings on history are replete with the theme of the social character of moral development and the interdependence of individual and community. Assuming for the moment that in some fundamental sense, moral decision making is an individual matter, how does the social context of human life affect morality? In particular what is the significance of the fact that our social structures are constituted over time?
, Marxists: who makes the rules, and who benefits from their enforcement?, and Interactionist: How did this person become processed (labeled) as a deviant? Sociology asserts that deviance is problematic, yet essential and intrinsic to any conception of Social Order. It is problematic because it disrupts but is essential because it defines the confines of our shared reality. It is intrinsic to a conception of order in that defining what is real and expected, defining what is acceptable, and defining who we are always is done in opposition to what is unreal, unexpected, or unacceptable. Sociologically, deviance can be construed as a label used to maintain the power, control, and position of a dominant group.