Strong feelings and senses is one type of romanticism used in The Scarlet Letter. Romantics believed that knowledge was gained through intuition rather than deduction. Hawthorne uses Pearl, Hester Prynne’s daughter, as an example of this.
“The minister – painfully embarrassed, but hoping that a kiss might prove a tailisman to admit him into the child’s kindlier regards – bent forward, and impressed one upon her brow. Hereupon, Pearl broke away from her mother, and, running to the brook stooped over it and bathed her forehead, until the unwelcome kiss was quite washed off” (Hawthorne 201).
After seeing her mother and the minister together, Pearl’s intuition told her that the minister, Arthur Dimmesdale, was her father, but when he kissed her she washed it off. She didn’t want to love him until he confessed who he was to the public. At the end of the novel when he admitted he was the father, Pearl finally retuned his kiss. This explains how Pearl knew who her father was through intuition rather than deduction.
Romantics were interested in childhood and the common man. They believed that childhood was innocence and wisdom but thought that adulthood was corrupt. On one hand Pearl was an intelligent child...
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...of various types of romanticism, The Scarlet Letter is considered to be a romantic novel. Through Pearl’s intuition which lead to her discovering who her father was, strong feelings and senses romanticism was showed. The interest in the common man and childhood romanticism uses Pearl’s innocence and Chillingworth’s corruption throughout the novel. Hester is an example of celebration of the individual because her actions were elevated and put on a higher level. Hester found peace in the forest because she was not judged while she was there. The forest is an example of awe of nature romanticism. The final type of romanticism in the novel is importance of the imagination is where the townspeople had different explanations for Dimmesdale’s scarlet letter. Hawthorne used these five types of romanticisms throughout his novel to add interest and individuality to the story.
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