Symbolism Of Romanticism In The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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A time in literary history, where one writes with the mindset that consists of augmenting the truth and creating an ideal world through literature, is known as the Romantic period. The Romantic period started in the early 1800s and continued throughout the 1860s. Throughout this era, the efforts of great writers are seen and admired. Nathaniel Hawthorne is a well known writer during the period. He is an example of a writer who understood the idea of Romanticism and incorporated it in his works of literature. Through his writing he embodies romanticism by putting an emphasis on the sinful nature of humans and how it affects the sinner and the people around them, and this is done through symbolism. Symbolism is an important element in the writing…show more content…
Nathaniel Hawthorne uses a bloodsucking insect to represent Chillingworth and the way he sucked the life out of Dimmesdale. Chillingworth follows Hester to the New World without the intentions of practicing medicine, but to keep a low profile he uses his knowledge of medicines that he has obtained while traveling. Chillingworth runs into Indians on his adventure to Boston; the Indians teach him natural remedies for common diseases. He puts the natural remedies to the test when moving to Boston as a doctor. Chillingworth becomes like a leech and attaches to Dimmesdale. Dimmesdale becomes a patient of Chillingworth due to the way he allows the guilt of not being able to proclaim that he is the father of Pearl to slowly kill him. Chillingworth figures out that Dimmesdale is the father Pearl, Hester’s illegitimate child, and he makes it his goal to ruin Dimmesdale’s life while keeping his true identity hidden. Throughout the course of the book, Chillingworth slowly sucks the life out of Dimmesdale and drives him to his…show more content…
Nathaniel Hawthorne uses each of them to represent something larger. The Romantic period sets itself apart from other literary periods in the importance and use of symbolism. The Scarlet Letter is a good representation of a work written in the Romantic era (Phillips 59). Literature during this period used symbolism to reveal larger concepts. For example, Pearl reveals the consequences of the sinful nature of humans and how it does not affect only the sinner. The symbolic use in The Scarlet Letter contributes to the popularity of this piece of
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