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The Scarlet Letter : A Symbol Of Strength

- Hester Prynne: A Symbol of Strength The Scarlet Letter is the story of a single mother, Hester Prynne, who is stigmatized because of her affair with a man that is originally unknown to the reader. Her punishment is to wear a scarlet ‘A’ on her chest for the rest of her life. She raises her daughter Pearl in an isolated cabin and makes and repairs clothing to provide for her daughter. Hester Prynne grows throughout the novel by beginning to overcome the stigma of the letter, accepting that while her sin is public, revealing the father of her child is not her place, and by questioning the perceptions of women in a patriarchal society....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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The Novel ' The Scarlet Letter '

- Hester Prynne is the heroine in the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn. The book is about a woman, Hester, who commits adultery who faces multiple challenges in the religious society due to the crime she has done. In the beginning of the novel we are shown that Hester is on the scaffold, she is with a child in her hand and she is coving something, the scarlet letter. We see her as bad person, due to the scarlet letter which she is given, and sometimes don’t realize that the meaning of the letter changed throughout the novel, but not only the letter, but Hester as well....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The words penance and penitence are often associated together, and even sound similar, but it does not mean they have the same meaning. Penance is a punishment for a sin- a physical act showing repentance, but penitence is the feeling of sorrow for committing a sin. Therefore, it is possible to commit an oct of penance, but not truly feel penitence. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, the main character, Hester Prynne is forced by her Puritan community to wear a lavishly decorated scarlet colored “A”, which stands for adulterer....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- When the fate of the scarlet letter encompasses the beholder, it transforms their souls into the symbolic image of Yin VS. Yang. A common Chinese symbol that displays good vs. evil. As the essence of good (Yang) exists through charitable acts, and those who live life with an open heart. Whereas, the power, and the darker side of the light (Yin) comes through as being hidden from society, and relating symbols in life to the underworld. Two opposite sides of the spectrum clashing against one another to coincide....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, the “A” that Hester wears has significant meanings to all four major characters. In the novel, the “A” that Hester Prynne wears upon her breast represents adultery. The “A” is very important to the story because it represents Hester 's sin. The novel revolves around the “A” so without the “A” there would be no story. Just as the “A” affects Hester it affects Dimmesdale, Pearl, Chillingworth, and the people of the town as well. To Hester, the main character and the wearer of the scarlet letter, the “A” symbolizes a lot more than the other characters in the novel....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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Analysis Of The Book ' The Scarlet Letter '

- Shadow and light are both obvious aspects of the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Throughout the book, both shadow and light are referenced in multiple different setting and for various different reasons. I found that Hawthorne used shadow and light to allow us to see the characters for who they truly are and how they truly feel. The comparison of shadow and lights can be mirrored by the comparison of nature to civilization in the novel The Adventures Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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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 Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- An Adulterous Adult As a woman in a Puritan society, Hester Prynne breaks many of the standards accepted at the time. Throughout The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne shows major character development and proves to be a strong, important character. In the beginning of the story, she is found guilty of adultery and is forced to wear the scarlet letter. She tries to hide it at first, ashamed of her past actions and tired of being reminded of her sins, but eventually learns to embrace it and accept the consequences of her actions....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Nathaniel Hawthorne of Salem, Massachusetts was a descendant of a distant line of Puritan ancestors; however, his antecedent family history was not one he was proud of, as he persisted to be bedeviled with guilt, most notably from the renown John Hathorne of the Salem witch trials. He, as a consequence, wrote The Scarlet Letter to articulate his message on the extreme and austere type of Puritan legalism, society’s outlook of an adultery child, the individual reconciliation of a sinful act in the Puritan society, and, all from the perspective of Hester Prynne....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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Pearl And The Scarlet Letter

- Pearl’s Role In The Scarlet Letter Pearl is Hester’s illegitimate daughter, who can be described as inquisitive, bold, stubborn, and imaginative. Growing up she is obsessed with Hester 's scarlet letter, and proves to be a rather odd child. This is demonstrated by her odd behavior and drastic mood changes. Throughout the novel, Pearl intricately affects the lives of both Hester and Dimmesdale. For Hester, she serves as someone to protect, cherish, and raise, and is even viewed by parts of the community as someone to keep Hester in line....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Throughout the course of history, the concept of women being subordinate to men has always existed. However, in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, a woman named Hester Prynne tries to break prejudicial notions against women in a patriarchal society. In the story, Hester commits the crime of adultery and is sentenced by the government to wear a scarlet letter as it symbolizes ignominy. Since she lives in Puritan New England, the people do not value women a lot, her actions becomes a sight of public scrutiny....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- A multitude of literary works possess much more information than an initial review reveals which is no accident on the author’s part. One author who epitomizes this method of writing is Nathaniel Hawthorne and his book The Scarlet Letter. Following a thorough review of the book, the underpinnings of literary elements reveal the way in which he incorporates his dynamic tone throughout the story, and, with extensive research, conclusions can be made as to why he wrote the novel. Exploring the latter topic allows analysts of all kind gain further insight on his character and its relation to the books content....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]

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Analysis Of ' The Scarlet Letter '

- Jordan Keller Mrs. Mcguirt TSL Essay 25, Oct. 25 Corruption of the Heart The Scarlet Letter, a novel based in Boston with Hester Prynne, Roger Chillingworth, and Arthur Dimmesdale as the main characters, focuses on sin and its repercussions. Adultery and Hypocrisy are two such sins that are the main focus of the plot. Some think that adultery is the sin that the book is concerned with, but if that were so it would pervade through the entire novel on a less superficial level that it does. Hypocrisy, on the other hand, has a constant and repetitious under light in the entire novel that leads to the conclusion that the novel is not teaching about adultery, but hypocrisy with an underlying idea...   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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Analysis Of ' The Scarlet Letter '

- Teenagers, adults, grandparents, and all those who own high tech cell phones commonly use emojis when texting. Why are emojis so popular. Emojis can portray the feelings that the sender is texting effectively, therefore avoiding possibilities of miscommunication. For example, if one receives a text in response to a question saying, “Ok,” the recipient can interpret the message in two ways, agreement or disagreement. The expression of a cartoon yellow face can describe the sender’s feeling as being happy or unamused....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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Summary Of ' The Scarlet Letter '

- The bond between a child and a parent is undeniable. A child entrusts their parent as a young child and throughout their life. In The Scarlet Letter, the attitude Pearl has towards her father, Dimmesdale, changes throughout the novel and as time progresses. Dimmesdale and Hester, who are Pearl’s parents, are two individuals who committed adultery under a Puritan society. Hester is publicly scrutinized and receives the punishment of having to wear the scarlet letter on her clothing, but can not be executed because there is no evidence of her having a husband....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The Scarlet Letter “The Scarlet Letter”, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, records a struggled life about two adultery lovers. This story was marked by the most successful work back in 1850s and also become to a big part of Hawthorne’s writing career. Through the eyes of his main character Hester Prynne, the readers seem to see a woman’s helpless under a brutal and traditional society, which was ruled by Puritan people. After his book had been published one after another, no one can deny Hawthorne’s irreplaceable talent and unremitting effort....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The Scarlet Letter “The Scarlet Letter”, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, records a struggled life about two adultery lovers. This story was marked by the most successful work back in 1850s and also become to a big part of Hawthorne’s writing career. Through the eyes of his main character Hester Prynne, the readers seem to see a woman’s helpless under a brutal and traditional society, which was ruled by Puritan people. After his book had been published one after another, no one can deny Hawthorne’s irreplaceable talent and unremitting effort....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it” (Maya Angelo). This is part of the theme in the audio novel, The Scarlet Letter, which is based on a fiction in a historical setting. The author Nathaniel Hawthorne writes about feminism dealing with a strong women name Hester Prynne during the puritan’s time that overcomes and defeats her shame of sin....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, 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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Analysis Of The Book ' The Scarlet Letter '

- Throughout Hawthorne 's novel The Scarlet Letter, the object of sin is thrown around constantly, and resulting in the sin is the internal and external forgiveness of the characters. But with more than one key character and several different opinions on the general object of sin. With several people involved and morals being questioned in the book, forgiveness will also be questioned; these characters are all in their own personal space and have different things to forgive, either in themselves or by others....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The Puritan society was extremely restricting. They had strict laws and rules, and harsh punishments for even the smallest of misdemeanors. They lived with only the bare necessities and discouraged uniqueness or boldness. As a Romantic writer, with beliefs the complete opposite of the Puritans, Nathaniel Hawthorne was very critical of the Puritan’s strict society. 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....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- From the scaffold representing unity to the scarlet letter frightening away townspeople, there are numerous allegories in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. An allegory, by definition, is a symbolic representation, which has been seen to correspond with the plot of the story. Hawthorne bestowed all of the characters as allegories themselves, from the devil to Adam and Eve. Even more so, the commonality items of the novel represent a deeper meaning that when evoked to the reader, the allegory can pose a profound image of idealism not found from reading the text itself....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The definition of strength by dictionary.com is “the quality or state of being strong; bodily or muscular power. vigor.” Hester shows strength in ways that people can only imagine and becomes almost a idol for this. The definition of strength cant even describe how strong she was. In a time where women were very overlooked, Hester Prynne stood up for her right to be a woman, and did it in a strong. She followed her heart and ended up facing the consequences that came with it. Her child and her lived in a town that shunned her....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- For many people, a sin of significant magnitude is a burden that may live with them for the rest of their lives. The effects of this sin can manifest in many ways, be it mentally, physically, or spiritually. Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth are all living with an enormous burden of sin, each reflecting their inner torture caused by this sin differently. In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne conveys the effects of sin on each character through Hester’s ostracism from society, both physically and emotionally due to her sin of adultery, through Dimmesdale’s sickness and self- inflicted suffering due to his sin of hypocrisy, and through Chillingworth’s transformatio...   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Rough Draft One In the Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne writes about to troubles of the heart and sin. Though one may think he would write women as weak love struck sinners, he does not. During Hawthorne’s time period, men were considered the stronger sex, though Hawthorne characterizes the women in his story as strong and independent, while many of his male characters are morally compromised and weak. Hester Prynne is the ultimate symbol of sin in her community. Shamed by infidelity and and a illegitimate “demon child” she is forced to stand on the town 's scaffolding while people stare on and question her, about the father....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlett Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The main idea of The Scarlett Letter is “sin and its impacts” on both individual and society which is demonstrated through its characters Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth. This main idea hailed from the author’s deep rooted puritanism. Hawthorne illustrated different levels of his main idea through his three characters. Each of the main characters are guilty of one kind of sin such as sin of adultery (Hester Prynne), sin of hypocrisy (Arthur Dimmesdale) and sin of vengeance (Roger Chillingworth)....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Mistakes happen every day in the world we live in. People make mistakes due to poor decisions and bad judgement. Some who commit these faults are punish publicly, while some may get away without anyone knowing. Yet, the one who gets away can experience the same amount of pain as the one who is publicly punish. So how come does this happen to the one who gets away. Well, this happens because of one’s private guilt, which he or she cannot escape from. The longer one holds onto the guilt, the more painful it can be to the person....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Hester Prynne is a beautiful Puritan woman that is forced to bear the scarlet letter. In Nathaniel Hawthorne 's, The Scarlet Letter, Hester 's sin of adultery causes her to become the most hated woman in her community. Hester 's secret lover, Dimmesdale, is a minister of the Puritan town, but is not condemned for the affair. Hester believes that her husband, Roger Chillingworth, is dead until he arrives at her public shaming. She is shamed and pushed away by the Puritan community of Boston. Because of her strength, humbleness, and loyalty, Hester Prynne single-handedly overcomes the struggle and hate of a Puritan society....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, adversity hinders Hester Prynne in her lust for prosperity. Hester struggles to accept her doomed fate brought on by the adultery she committed a few years back. Constantly reminded by the scarlet ‘A’ embroidered on her chest and her little Pearl, Hester struggles to break free and move on from her past. Society’s prevalent judgment, Hester’s strength, and her personal relationships keep her in the center of her sin in Massachusetts as she toils with her guilt and the secret of who father’s little Pearl....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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Summary Of ' The Scarlet Letter '

- The Scarlet Letter is a classic novel that entails many different themes of accepting sin, finding identity, cruel revenge, compassion, and forgiveness. It tells the story of Hester Prynne, a women in a Puritan town, whose sins and outcomes of her sins contributed to the themes behind this book. Hester 's actions molded her into the strong character she is because of the terrible crime she committed, which would change her life forever. Hester Prynne was known for her beauty. She had long, silky brown hair that glossed in the sun and her face was stunning."Her beauty shone out, and made a aloof the misfortune and ignominy in which she was enveloped....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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Summary Of ' The Scarlet Letter '

- The Theme of Sin in The Scarlet Letter Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter revolves around the theme of sin and the severe effects of sin on the mind, body, and soul. Unique sins were committed by several main characters in the novel. For the duration of the novel Hawthorne indicates that sin, no matter how frivolous or consequential, is still sin. There have been various literary discussions on precisely which character exemplifies the worst sin, but Hawthorne cultivates each sin throughout his novel, seeking to get the audience to appreciate his reasoning....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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Analysis Of The Novel ' Scarlet Letter '

- The nature of evil and what constitutes sin are topics that have been discussed often in daily life and literature. There are wide scoping views on how sin and evil come about, and what represents them. Nathanial Hawthorne’s “Scarlet Letter” is an example of some of these discussions and views. Sin and evil are overarching themes that propel the storyline of the novel, and provide insight into the main characters. Each of the main pieces of the story has committed sin or perpetrated evil in at some point, and to some degree....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is considered to be a work of romanticism. Romanticism, a movement in art and literature throughout the 19th century, is a collection of ideas or values including individualism, imaginative idealization of childhood, families, love, nature, and the past (Craig White). Hawthorne uses strong feelings, interest in the common man and childhood, celebration of the individual, awe of nature, and importance of imagination throughout his novel to add interest and individuality to the story....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- “The Significance of a Pearl” Pearls can be very difficult to find in the vast oceans, but once found they can come at an expensive but worthwhile cost for the owner. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, The Scarlet Letter, Pearl, who is the result of the adultery between Hester and Dimmesdale, resembles a pearl from the ocean. Apart from Hester Prynne, the woman who bears the shame of the scarlet letter A, her daughter Pearl is also an important character closely connected with the outcomes of their lives....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The Scarlet Letter is a historical fiction story written in 1850 by Nathaniel Hawthorne, that takes place almost two centuries prior to when it was written. The story focuses on a woman, named Hester Prynne who had a baby with a man she wasn’t married to. In the Puritan Society in which she lives she violated the laws of her religion and was punished under the town’s rules. For her punishment she was forced to wear a Scarlet Letter A on her chest to represent the act of adultery she committed. This event effects her, and the other characters apart of what she did on emotional and physical levels....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter tells the story of a woman, Hester Prynne, who had to live with the shame of defying one of the Ten Commandments in a strict religious community. The reader follows her as she is excluded from the community and punished. Not only does this affect her but it also affects a reverend and her husband. Hester Prynne lives in a Puritan community. They believe in having a “pure” community and having a population that believes in the same thing. Puritans have a literal interpretation of the Bible and their lives are based around God....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Near the great Atlantic, in the early Puritan settlement of Boston, heinous sins, those of adultery and hypocrisy, threaten the Puritans holy way of life. Secrets, lies, and deceptions cloud the air in this 17th century town, and once unraveled, lead three once pure hearts into destruction. A simple, scarlet letter “A” comes to represent the errors of these characters, and the corruption of their once unadulterated souls. The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne presents the theme that even well-meaning secrets and deceptions can lead to destruction....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The Scarlet Letter is a classic book written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, first published in 1850. The Scarlet Letter takes place during the mid 17th century in Salem, Massachusetts. During this period of time, many people, if not all, were puritans and dedicated to the word of God. In this town there was a married couple, Roger Chillingworth and Hester Prynne. It was said and believed that the husband was dead and or lost out at sea. Hester however becomes pregnant and gives birth to a little girl, Pearl, while her husband is away....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, a combination of various literary elements contribute to the academic value of the novel. Symbolism, imagery, and figurative language assist in conveying the tone of the events occurring in main character’s lives. From Hester’s first public appearance as a sinner to the A illustrated on her grave, she experiences mixed emotions both interpersonally and extrapersonally, defining why her story is one of highest regards. From the first scene on the scaffold, Hester’s scarlet letter and her intense shame define her character....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- “The Scarlet Letter” is a novel that was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1850. The novel focuses on the ways of the Puritans in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the mid 1600s. It opens with an introduction about a man in the custom house who finds the scarlet letter. The story stems from a manuscript and the letter that Hawthorne found in the custom house, and he felt that he should write the novel. He was not proud of his Puritan past and wanted to show the people the wrongs of the older ways....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Written in a time when the role of females in society was nothing more than homemaking and childbearing, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter explores the reaction of society to a woman whose revolutionary attitude and demeanor caused debate both within and beyond the lines of the text. Through the powerful influence and contrast of the main character, Hester Prynne, Hawthorne’s novel shows the effect of such a powerful woman on society. The Contrast of Hester Versus Dimmesdale Authors have a reason for everything that they do, and in the case of The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne’s stark contrast between the characters Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale is no accident....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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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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The Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

- The forest is generally sought out as a place where no good happens in many stories such as Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe. It is no different in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. It is where many mysterious things reside in the wilderness. The town in the book can contrast the forest as a sanction where people are are immune from the darkness. They differ, but they also aid in conveying the bigger themes of the story. Some people might see the forest as a “happy place” for Hester and Pearl, but it should really be looked upon as a place of sin when comparing it to its foil, the town, which in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter contrasts to aid in the themes of the nature...   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]

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The Scarlet Letter By Roger Chillingworth

- Trey Hill David Camp AP English 11 Date: 10/10/15 The Scarlet Letter: Roger Chillingworth In the literary classic, The Scarlet Letter, readers follow the story of a Puritan New England colony and the characteristics of that time period. Readers begin to grasp concepts such as repentance and dealing with sin through Nathaniel Hawthorne’s indirect descriptions of these detailed and complex characters by their actions and reactions. The character Roger Chillingworth symbolizes sin itself and deals with internal conflict throughout the course of the story....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne believed that women should be allowed to rise above the stereotypical puritan values. He thinks in many ways that women were strong and had greater character than most men. Hester Prynne was the embodiment of Hawthorne 's forward thinking views and ideals. Women of this time were not thought of as able to overcome hardships and trials because they were considered weak, but Hawthorne showed throughout the novel how women can be strong individuals. Although Hawthorne classifies Hester as being strong and self- sufficient, The Scarlet Letter fails to overcome the hypocritical patriarchal values of Hawthorne’s time because to be a woman, one must be strong, sacri...   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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The Help And The Scarlet Letter

- To Leave a Trail “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson shows us clearly through this quote, that we should not follow the paths set for us by society instead, we should create our own way through life and leave a trail a legacy of our own. A perfect example of protagonists leading their own trail to self discovery is in the books The Help and The Scarlet Letter . Skeeter Phelan and Hester Prynne both develop throughout the books and contrast society’s wishes,the authors show this through a fierce sense of realism....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]

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Literary Analysis Of ' The Scarlet Letter '

- Literary Analysis Three important scenes in the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne are within chapters four, seventeen, and twenty three. Each chapter contains a scene where it develops the story through its rising action, climax, falling action and resolution. In chapter four, “The Interview”, Hester is currently behind bars and is then greeted by a physician, Roger Chillingworth, who is also her former husband as quoted, “Master Brackett, the jailer, thought fit to introduce a physician…His name was announced as Roger Chillingworth.” (Hawthorne 67-68)....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- A day on earth has not gone by without the presence of sin, and every day it attempts to destroy anything anyone lives for. In the novel, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the nature of sin is revealed through the development of the characters Roger Chillingworth, Hester Prynne, and Arthur Dimmesdale. The essence of sin is its mutability. It is a master of disguise, whose constantly adapting to bring down its prey. When sin finds a purpose, it takes over one’s life in order to carry its task through....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Children are, by nature, incredibly sensitive creatures. In literature and art they are commonly portrayed as beings capable of sensing the emotions experienced by the adults around them simply by observing one’s body language and facial expressions. Additionally, children are born with an innate sense of curiosity which drives them to discover the cause of the feelings they detect. Some children experience heightened levels of empathy and curiosity that can alienate them from their peers; such is the case with Nathanial Hawthorne’s Pearl Prynne in The Scarlet Letter....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Throughout history individuals or groups of people have responded to power in a multitude of ways. Hoping for religious freedom, the Puritans left England for America starting in the 1620s. The Puritan community chose to withdraw in response to conflict with the higher power in England. Coincidentally, Hawthorne wrote about a Puritan Community in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during this period of migration, and in this community like all others there is always conflicts revolving around power. Hawthorne uses power imbalances in the Scarlet Letter to characterize and transform Hester, Reverend Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is a novel filled with many symbolic references that reflect not only the issues/concerns of the Puritan era but also of similar issues of his own time period, which Hawthorne reveals his personal opinions on. One example of said issues evident in his work is the Puritan society’s view/treatment of women, which he appears to express contempt for through the use of his character Hester Prynne. However, even though Hawthorne appears to not be in favor of how the Puritan government perceives/deals with women, he also doesn’t seem to be willing to allow the equally involved patriarchal system to be challenged or abolished since it works in a man’s favor a...   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester’s child, Pearl, is a central character who helps the reader to understand the meaning of the letter. Because Pearl is compared to a rose bush, is described as being an “elf-child” (Hawthorne 111), and is as wild as nature itself, she is the alleged demon child; however, she has natural instincts that allow her to be seen as anything but the spawn of Satan. Throughout the text, symbols are used to help describe and connect the reader to Pearl. From the very first chapter, a rose bush is used to describe someone or something that is beautiful or good on the outside, but pained, ugly or evil on the inside....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorn

- The Scarlet Letter In the novel, The Scarlet Letter, the author, Nathaniel Hawthorn makes a commentary on the hypocrisy in the Puritan life style through his portrayal of his characters Arthur Dimmesdale, the town’s adored Puritan priest, and Hester Prynne, the ostracized sinner. Throughout the novel, Nathaniel Hawthorn depicts traits that contradict the Puritan’s ideas of how a defiled sinner and a proper Puritan priest should behave by the social conventions of their time. The author does this by illustrating Dimmesdale, who is supposed to be a righteous and holy person, as a sinful and cowardly man....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s well known novel, The Scarlet Letter, extensive diction and intense imagery are used to portray the overall tone of the characters. In particular, Hester Prynne, the wearer of the Scarlet Letter, receives plentiful positive characterization throughout the novel. Hester’s character most notably develops through the town’s peoples ever-changing views on the scarlet letter, the copious mentions of her bravery, and her ability to take care of herself, Pearl, and others, even when she reaches the point where most would give up and wallow in their suffering....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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Analysis Of ' The Scarlet Letter '

- Exploring the Wilderness ​Many different literary works contain complex representations that can be interpreted in many different ways. Authors portray these representations through the use of characters, objects, the setting, and much more. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the forest around the society represents different things, depending on who is there. It is an open place where anything can happen. It is filled with wild animals, Native Americans, and other wild threats to the townspeople....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, tells the story of Hester Prynne, a strong-willed, young woman living in a Puritan village during the seventeenth-century. After she gives birth to an illegitimate child, Hester is forced to don the shameful scarlet letter “A” on her breast as a sign of her sin and to live as a warning to other young maidens. Roger Chillingworth, the aged husband of Hester, arrives in Boston in time to view his wife in “ignominious exposure” (Hawthorne 117). He decides to remain in the village under the guise of a doctor with the sole purpose of taking revenge on Hester’s unnamed lover....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Normally when most people think of vampires, they envision a deathly, pale creature with fangs. But Thomas Foster seems to think differently, who argues that it is not necessary for a vampire to embody a stereotypical vampire. Surprisingly enough, even humans can be these types of monsters. From Foster 's perspective, being a vampire not only includes an individual 's aesthetics, but also their actions, personality, intent, and overall representation of personal identity. The classic novel, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, presents an excellent example of this occurrence, where the character Roger Chillingworth meets the criteria of a vampiric figure, based on Thomas Foster 's idea...   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The Scarlet Letter As written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, “Be true. Be true. Be true!” (Hawthorne, 254). In a world full of corruption and deceit, the light of truth always finds a way to shine through, even in the darkest of places. It may be argued that forests and prisons, cloaked with gloomy ambience, are unlikely places to find this ray of honesty. However, in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, the author reinforces the rawness of truth and forgiveness, the destructiveness of secrets and revenge, and the evolving symbolism of light by the use of contrasting settings presented by the forest and prison....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Independence is growing through the course of our veins starting many generations ago. In the novels, The Scarlet Letter, The Glass Castle and the play A Raisin in the Sun, They all display some sort of independence and self reliance. Nathaniel Hawthorne, Jeannette Walls, and Lorraine Hansberry’s characters achieves self-reliance through their individual hardships. All novels share characteristics of Independence by, escaping hardship, striving for personal goals and not letting their environment affect them....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Nathaniel Hawthorne’s writings show how sin is sin until it is publicized. He goes into great depth to show both sides of private and public sin. People still sin and judge others today. However, the ways that sin is seen today is much different in a historical type of way. The idea of sin never really seemed to make sense to Hawthorne. Hawthorne’s writings are still relevant today because the world is full of sex symbolism and sin. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s writings show how people tend to overlook their own sin but speak loudly about other’s sin....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Inaccurate Judgments Become Society’s Truths. It is in the nature of humans to cast judgment on others with no intent but to raise self-esteem. As human nature tells us to do, we judge people based on their appearance, their job or social status, or their reputation. The Scarlet Letter, written in the era of the Dark Romantics, by Nathaniel Hawthorne tells the story of two lovers both going through different types of punishment for their sin of adultery. They committed the same crime, yet are punished in different ways....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, a female protagonist named Hester Prynne is subjected to public humiliation and alienation from the Puritan society because she committed adultery. This “sinful” act is further enhanced when her husband, Roger Chillingworth, comes to Boston, and Hester is forced to keep the secret identities of her lover, Arthur Dimmesdale, and her husband concealed from the community. Over the course of her seven-year journey, she becomes more independent, more free, and a model of feministic power to the Freudian society that had once marked her bosom with the letter “A” to shame her....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- In the book Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1642 Boston, Massachusetts, Hester Prynne has become a women to be respected. Hester Prynne was a mother of a child who was conceived as to be a “sin”. Pearl, Hester 's child was conceived while Hester 's husband was away.This exposed Hester for committing adultery, therefore that 's how she obtained the “A” for life.The “A” stands for adultery which is the Scarlet Letter .Hester has provided many examples of why she should be respected such as; her integrity,coming forth with her sins, and her inner strength as a character....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Early New England law specialist Douglas Greenberg describes “the popular image of dour Puritan magistrates and ministers humiliating transgressors” brought to life and reinforced by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s mid-nineteenth century novel, The Scarlet Letter (297). The main character, Hester Prynne, lives in the strict Puritan society of 17th century Boston where she has been condemned for her sin of adultery and punished by wearing a scarlet letter “A”. As she and her newly born illegitimate daughter, Pearl, stand on the scaffold while the town decries her, many in the community wonder who her lover is....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Everyone seems to always enjoy novels about fallen heros and rising above your struggles. For any character- such as Ralph and Jack in Lord of the Flies, or Macbeth in the self-titled play- sin plays such a strong role in the fall of the great leaders and their resurrection. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s timeless novel, The Scarlet Letter, the theme is no different for the three main characters, Dimmesdale, Hester Prynne and Chillingworth. For the three main characters, sin has changed their original roles in society from minister, housewife and doctor, into the new roles of sinner, whore and vengeful sadist....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter many critics dispute whose story is being told: Arthur Dimmesdale or Hester Prynne. The female heroism portrayed by Hester inundates the novel as opposed to the Reverend who internalizes his pain and tries to comprehend the enigmatic behaviors of the human psyche. Hawthorne utilizes the double persona of Dimmesdale to represent the character attempting to attain his goal of heavenly status yet succumbing to the manifestation of his guilt. Hawthorne inculcates the beginning of the novel with Hester as the heroine of the plot, however as Dimmesdale’s journey is further elaborated on it can be conceived that his struggle is that of a tragic hero; he s...   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The Scarlet Letter Essay “To the untrue man, the whole universe is false,--it is impalpable,--it shrinks to nothing within his grasp. And he himself, in so far as he shows himself in a false light, becomes a shadow, or, indeed, ceases to exist.” (Hawthorne 115) Throughout the hostile novel The Scarlet Letter, author Nathaniel Hawthorne used contrasting settings to represent opposed ideas that were central to the meaning of the work. Some have argued that when it came to the theme that secrets have a destructive effect on the secret-keeper and truth, by contrast, was natural, a character evaluation would best advocate these differences....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Nature’s Impact Looking around at adolescents today, do they even notice nature. Do they recognize the beauty. Probably not—they are too busy with television, social media, and the internet. Copious amounts of literature use the breathtaking and mysterious occurrences of nature to portray the mood and various ideas. In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne displays his mastery of making the setting a key part of the plot. Hawthorne manipulates various natural scenes and feelings associated with nature to aid in the reader’s further understanding of the mood in the passage....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Throughout the novel, Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne shows how a sin can impact an individual and community 's life in a matter of moments. Many symbols are used in his novel to represent not only the way a sin can make a person learn from their mistakes, but also how their mistakes or sins can impact a whole society. Hawthorne uses symbols such as gigantic pines around the town, the ‘black man’ which represented Roger Chillingworth, and Hester’s child, Pearl. Hawthorne displays the crude judgment of a religious society against a young woman who committed a sin and shows how she learns from the wrong she has done instead of falling apart....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Opposition is prominent in literature and is often used to portray ideas that are completely different from each other. Such opposition can even be used to enforce both duality and paradoxical tones in a novel. In “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, he also uses this duality to describe the relationship between the two main male characters. Hawthorne focuses on the public and private lives of Dimmesdale and Chillingworth, and the paradoxical connection that they share. Dimmesdale, the town’s most loved preacher and most eligible bachelor, hides behind this mask of good by also being wrought by the guilt of being an adulterer....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- In the mid-17th century, the Puritan faith very much revolved around punishment and public humiliation. The scaffold was a popular means of punishment. It was a place where sinners were ordered to stand, for hours at a time, in front of the entire town. It was a place where executions occurred, as well as many other forms of public humiliation and cruelty. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, the scaffold serves to illustrate the dynamic change of Arthur Dimmesdale as he progresses from a coward to a Christ-figure....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- In 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne published, The Scarlet Letter. The novel, set in the Puritan town of Boston, Massachusetts during the mid seventeenth century, follows Hester Prynne, a young puritan woman, who is accused of adultery. When her “crime” is discovered by the town, she is required to wear a scarlet “A” upon her bosom to tell all of her shame. I chose this work as it presents so many different ideas when interpreting the text. One of the most interesting themes is the duality Hawthorn presents through his use of light/dark and day/night....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- People are not as black and white as they often appear to be. Take Arthur Dimmesdale for an example. He is often viewed as a well-respected reverend and an educated young man who immigrated from Europe. Although the Puritan community looks up to him, the author Nathaniel Hawthorne, portrays Dimmesdale as a fragile being in the Scarlet Letter. Hawthorne describes Dimmesdale as a man with internal conflicts due to keeping his sin a secret from the world. This causes him to inflict self-punishment, which later leads to his paranoia and deteriorating health....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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Dudley Randall's Poem "Ballad of Birmingham"

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Characterization Of The Scarlet Letter

- Characterization in The Scarlet Letter The strict Puritan code in the mid seventeenth century is evident in The Scarlet Letter written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The novel addresses the issue of adultery and the intensity of the sin. Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale commit the sin of adultery and face challenges inflicted upon them by the Puritan society and personal values. Nathaniel Hawthorne centers the plot of his novel The Scarlet Letter on the four major characters, Hester Prynne, Pearl, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth, analyzing their physical appearances, personalities, and roles....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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Hypocrisy Of The Scarlet Letter

- Hypocrisy Of The Scarlet Letter Hypocrisy has been everywhere in The Scarlet Letter. People of Hester, and the community that they lived in, were immersed in hypocrisy. Hawthorne was not restrained in his interpretation of the horrible sin of hypocrisy; he wanted be certain to see the sin at job , in the same moment, equivalents can be pinched between the people in The Scarlet Letter and of present civilization. The first person, Hester Prynne, is embarrassed of infidelity. She evidently loves Dimmesdale, thus she didn’t say anything for seven years Dimmesdale is leisurely punished....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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Hawthorne's The Scarlett Letter

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The Scarlet Letter, Puritan Society

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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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