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Essay on the Transformation of Hester in Scarlet Letter

- The Transformation of Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynne committed a crime so severe that it changed her life into coils of torment and defeat. In The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester is publicly recognized as an adulteress and expelled from society. Alongside the theme of isolation, the scarlet letter, or symbol of sin, is meant to shame Hester but instead transforms her from a woman of ordinary living into a stronger person. The purpose of the scarlet letter is not fulfilled according to the author, Nathaniel Hawthorne....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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Symbolism Used in The Scarlet Letter

- In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, symbolsim is constantly present in the actual scarlet letter “A” as it is viewed as a symbol of sin and the gradally changes its meanign, guilt is also a mejore symbol, and Pearl’s role in this novel is symbolic as well. The Scarlet Letter includes many profound and crucial symbols. these devices of symbolism are best portayed in the novel, most noticably through the letter “A” best exemplifies the changes in the symbolic meaning throughout the novel....   [tags: nathaniel hawthorne, scarlett letter, symbols]

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Sinfulness of the Puritans in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

- Sinfulness of the Puritans in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne brings to The Scarlet Letter a notion of sin and guilt that seems to stem from his experience and knowledge of Puritan theology and religious practice. In "The Custom House" Hawthorne communicates his apprehension for the persecutory impulses of his ancestors who "have mingled their earthly substance with the soil, until no small portion of it must necessarily be akin to the moral frame wherewith, for a little while, I walk the streets" (1309)....   [tags: Scarlet Letter Essays]

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Pillars of Metaphorical Ambiguity in The Scarlet Letter

- Pillars of Metaphorical Ambiguity in The Scarlet Letter Among the multiplicity of arcane elements hidden beneath the words in Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter", none is so apparent, yet strikingly subtle to the reader's perception and consumption of characterization than the allegorical play on words within the names of the characters.  Both the protagonist and her rival within the plot are blessed with conveniently appropriate, fitting names.  The four pillars supporting this novel are all cloaked with foreshadowing names, which silently clue the reader into what traits and significance the character holds as the story unfolds.  These pillars that solidify the novel are Hester Prynne, Rog...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- In the seventeenth century, the Puritans left England to practice their own Protestant version of Christianity. The Catholic church tried to control what they worshipped, and they ended up rebelling. Eventually, these same settlers created a group within their own society that was being treated similarly to the way the Puritans were in England; these people were punished in the Salem witch trials with an attempt from society to control a group of people. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Puritan ancestors were involved in these trials....   [tags: Puritan, The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The Scarlet Letter was published in 1850 and set during the 1640s in a community practicing puritan religion. The Scarlet Letter contains themes that connect to situations faced in modern times.The books helps the reader recognize how society has changed and what aspects have stayed the same. Such as the way people are shunned from society, how people grow and change because of society 's views, and the affect society has on the community. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s goal with The Scarlet Letter is to provide an understanding of the puritan religion for the reader as well as lessons of human nature....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Puritan]

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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]

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The Scarlett Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a gothic romance novel. The premise of the story is based on Hester Prynne, a young woman whose husband sent her to America and promised to meet her there later. However, he never arrived and was assumed to be dead. Hester has an affair with Arthur Dimmesdale the pastor of the Puritan church, resulting in the birth of her child Pearl. The town learns the news of the affair and wonders who the father may be. Because Hester refuses to reveal the fathers identity and consider an adulterer, she is branded and forced to forever wear the scarlet letter “A” on her chest....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Puritan]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- "The settlers may win and incite the Natives of the Country to the Knowledge and Obedience of the only true God and Savior of Mankind, and in the Christian Faith, which is our Royal Intention and the Adventurers free Profession, is the principle End of the Plantation." Massachusetts Bay Colony Charter in 1629. Some argue that Puritanism is not only a religion, but also a democratic philosophy. Puritans developed a new society model that attaches great importance to morals and spirit. They advocate real freedom which was different from England where they faced destruction and contempt....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Puritan]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne has a strong focus on religion and the effects that it has on the people of a community. Depending on a persons perception of the Bible, their view of how life and faith should work could be entirely different from someone else’s. This is clearly shown in the various sects of Puritanism because out of all religions similar to catholicism and christianity, it was by far the most strict. This is because the founders of the Puritan religion interpreted the Bible and how faith should work differently than the leaders of the other religions....   [tags: Puritan, The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Imagine a society where religion seems very critical and has little individualism. Religion played a very significant factor in Puritan life, so they were required to read the bible and live every moment in a respectful manner to God. Puritan societies believe in doing God’s work, so if someone did not follow the testament, harsh punishments were inflicted upon them. The Massachusetts Bay Colony portrayed itself as a man’s world, where they went to town meetings and made decision about their community in the church....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Puritan]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Some people find nature an escape from civilization. The wild, unsettled territory beyond the city or town limits may symbolize freedom and unconformity. This was true in the Puritan society in the 1850s, where citizens were heavily restricted by their theocratic government. However, in the woods outside of town the rules of the community no longer applied to them, and they could act freely without fear of judgment or persecution. By utilizing specific natural attributes, Hawthorne accentuates the story he wants to depict to his readers....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne, Puritan]

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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]

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The Scarlet Letter And The Crucible

- Many times while reading the novel “The Scarlet Letter” and the playwright, “The Crucible” I noticed many similarities; many things that made me remember the other, but it was amazing to also see the differences between the two stories. Each plot has a different twist, something that makes it completely original. The two plots had a lot in common, affairs, lying, and ultimately sinful acts and the gnawing guilt you feel from sin. Although, the two stories have a lot that is not so common; levels of hysteria, the source of the chaos, as well as the final outcome....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne, The Crucible]

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Religion And Science : The Scarlet Letter

- As said by Yale professor of psychology and cognitive science, "Religion and science will always clash." Science and religion are both avenues to explain how life came into existence. However, science uses evidence collected by people to explain the phenomenon while religion is usually based off a belief in a greater power which is responsible for the creation of life. The characters Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth in Nathaniel Hawthorne 's novel, The Scarlet Letter, represent religion and science, respectively, compared to the real world debate between science and religion....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Science]

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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: ]

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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]

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The And Universal Observation Of The Scarlet Letter

- The object of severe and universal observation, the wearer of the scarlet letter was at length relieved by discerning (1) a figure which took possession of her thoughts. By an Indian 's side stood a white man. He was small in stature, but with remarkable intelligence in his features. Although he had endeavoured (2) to conceal the peculiarity, it was evident to Hester that one of his shoulders rose higher than the other. At the first instant of perceiving that visage, she pressed her infant to her bosom, with such force the poor babe uttered another cry of pain....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne, Shame]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- “You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter, a woman named Hester, who is abandoned by her husband for two years, is having an affair with the pastor, Reverend Dimmesdale. Hester gives birth to a daughter while her husband is away which leads people to believe that she is having an affair. The Puritans’s view of sin is very strict, so they believe Hester deserves a terrible punishment.Hester keeps the father hidden from the knowledge of the townspeople, so she receives the brutal punishment by herself....   [tags: Puritan, The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The presence of crime was a difficult, unwanted aspect of both Puritan society and life in the eighteen hundreds that had to be dealt with in order for society to remain fully functional. Justice systems were used over the course of this particular time period to create laws, maintain order, and to justly convict criminals that threatened the societal peace in an attempt to reduce the impact of crime within communities. Laws created by these systems reflected the standards held by the majority of the population, and they worked for the greater good of all members in a particular community....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Crime]

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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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Summary Of ' The Scarlet Letter '

- The novel I chose was about this young woman, who chose to break a law that she could get punished for. This was back during the Puritans’ days also, they believe highly on a person’s reputation, telling if he or she should earn respect from the people in their society. So this young woman is also putting her and her child in danger by committing a sin called adultery or infidelity. “The Scarlet letter” is the name of the novel; it was put together by some past surveyor back about two hundred years way before the author’s time....   [tags: Marriage, Sexual intercourse, The Scarlet Letter]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- For an attempt to purify a religious community of sin, the Puritans in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, have numerous faults due to their blindness of their own hypocrisy. Starting at the beginning of the text, women begin gossiping about Hester. The women talk about how Hester will cover her letter, how they wouldn’t take mercy on her as the magistrates have and how Reverend Dimmesdale,”her godly pastor, takes it very grievously to heart that such a scandal should have come upon his congregation” (Hawthorne 53)....   [tags: Puritan, The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Eudora Welty

- As stated by Eudora Welty, "Every story would be another story, and unrecognizable if it took up its characters and plot and happened somewhere else... Fiction depends for its life on place. Place is the crossroads of circumstance, the proving ground of, What happened. Who 's here. Who 's coming?” Throughout The Scarlet Letter the events that take place, the evolution of the characters, and the impact of symbolism can all be highly attributed to the settings within the novel. Some might say that the setting is merely where a story takes place; although, in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, the differences in the symbol of light between the settings of the forest and the scaffold sup...   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Light]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Nathaniel Hawthorne’s family background greatly influences the themes and central conflicts within many of his works. Growing up, Hawthorne learned of his ancestors’ lifestyle and their devotion to the Puritan religion. The constricting and harsh values of the religion troubled Hawthorne, and his guilt for his ancestors’ way of life translates into his literature. Hawthorne’s use of the theme of religious hypocrisy impacts the characterization and in turn the plot of many of his works, including The Scarlet Letter, The Minister’s Black Veil, and Young Goodman Brown....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Puritan]

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Theme of 'Vengeance Kills the Soul' in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

- “But he will be known!-he will be known- he will be known!” Said old Chillingworth {pg.16} . The scarlet letter is written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. In this novel Hawthorne brings light to the notion vengeance destroys the soul by showing how Chillingworth becomes a leech. Chillingworth lets his vengeance for Pearls father take control of his life. When he finds out that Dimmesdale is Pearls father he slowly attaches himself to him like a leech. In conclusion Chillingworth lets vengeance kill his soul....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The sky is a canvas to the eyes of Arthur Dimmesdale, filled with the faint, twinkling light of the stars. The slight glow is enough spotlight for the guilty man to handle, and the extra light that appears from an approaching town member is too much for the stricken pastor to handle. Cowering over the confession that dwells on the edge of his tongue, he misses the chance to free himself from the inner shame that binds him and sets his degenerating heart apart from the healthily-beating one of his past lover that is free from the weight of a scandalous secret....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Secrecy]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Humans are social creatures‒they form groups, communities, and societies that have varying degrees of requirements for a person to be accepted. For many, the question of whether to conform to society 's unspoken rules and garner acceptance or to reject them and be alienated is to be thoroughly examined and contemplated over. A facet of this question is answered in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s historical novel, The Scarlet Letter, as the characterization of Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale reveals that forcibly molding oneself or another to fit the rigid expectations that society implements rescinds the rights of an individual to an identity and a life....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Sin]

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William Shakespeare 's ' The Scarlet Letter '

- In today 's modernised world people are often times criticised for the way they dress, act and portray themselves. Similarly, this judgement has been going on since the early days of the Puritan Era. During this era, a popular novel called The Scarlet Letter takes place. In this novel, the main character, Hester Prynne, commits an act of adultery and is forced to wear the letter “A” upon her bosom. Like Hester Prynne, I was expected to wear a letter upon my chest for the purposes of this essay. I wore the letter “P” for the vice of procrastinator, which I felt like I was guilty of....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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Symbolism And Its Significance Of The Scarlet Letter

- Discuss Hawthorne’s use of symbolism and its significance to the theme of the novel The Scarlet Letter. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter a tale of sin and redemption was set in the seventeenth century in the New World Boston, Massachusetts. From this, Hawthorne was able to effectively illustrate the effects of Puritanism that was found there through his characters throughout the novel. This essay will be to show how Hawthorne’s characters are affected by religion through the use of symbolism as well as its implication to the theme of the novel....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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Believability in "The Scarlet Letter"

- In the novel The Scarlet Letter many people argue the believability of the books characters . There happen to be several parts of the story that are highly believable. But on the other hand there are many parts of the story that are so highly improbable that it is unlikely that such occurrences could happen in that day and age. For the suggested time period some of the personality traits are doubtful. But to a certain perceptive the book seems to have a mixture of likeliness. Hester Prynne is one of the believable characters....   [tags: Scarlet Letter, Believability, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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Hester 's Speech : The Scarlet Letter

- Hester’s Journey Many critics state that Salem’s community restricts Hester Prynne’s freedoms, but I believe that she has a limitless independence that can’t be revoked solely by the scarlet letter. Hawthorne introduces our protagonist early into the novel. Hester Prynne is a young woman who catches the eye of every man in the crowd. She is described as the pure essence of a beautiful woman. “The young woman was tall, with a figure of perfect elegance...She had dark and abundant hair, so glossy that it threw off the sunshine with a gleam, and a face...beautiful from regularity of feature and richness of complexion…” (46)....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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Individualism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

- Individualism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Often in society people are criticized, punished and despised for their individual choices and flaws. In the novel, The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author uses Hester Prynne to symbolize that those who challenge social conformities can benefit society as a whole. Though she has been banished for committing adultery, she sees that the community needs her. Through her generous accomplishments the community realizes she is a person who, regardless of her sin, can affect the community in a positive way....   [tags: Scarlet Letter Hawthorne]

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Analysis Of `` The Scarlet Letter `` By Nathanial Hawthorne

- As time progresses, there are noticeable changes in the way that religion intervenes with the ideals and thoughts of any given general society. Numerous past problematic situations have now dwindled down to particularly that, no longer issues of the present. Regardless, the questionable issue of Adultery remains, standing true as consistently being the, “it,” scandal, being means for both religious and societal predicaments. Present to this day, the reputational damage done to an individual is massive, regarding Adultery, and people are left to decide what they can do about it, often left with very minimal choice but to accept or deny what they have done....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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Analysis Of ' The Scarlet Letter ' By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Chapter 15- After Chillingworth left the meeting with Hester, Hester for the first time realized that she hated him. This change occurred very rapidly as she went from pity to hatred after realizing all the pain that he has caused not only her but everyone that he has been in contact with. We also get another example of a juxtaposition that Hawthorne has created between the relationship Hester has with Chillingworth and Dimmesdale respectively. Hester’s relationship with Chillingworth is a hate filled one with no love, while her relationship with Dimmesdale is a forbidden one that is filled with love....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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Reading Log for The Scarlet Letter

- Reading Log for The Scarlet Letter 1. Chapter one thoroughly describes the Jailhouse and the surrounding landscape. Tells of the huge wooden edifices whose threshold is timbered and iron barred. Gives the description of the peoples clothing who were congregating outside of the prison. It also describes the necessity of a new colony first building a prison and graveyard. In the last paragraph it tells of a rose bush outside of the oaken doors. The author describes the awkwardness of having such a beautiful plant surrounded by weeds and shrubs....   [tags: Scarlet Letter Literature Reading Logs Essays]

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Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

- Nathaniel Hawthorne is a very well known author, especially for one of his more famous novels, The Scarlet Letter. When reading engaging, well-written, and ambiguous novels, such as The Scarlet Letter, we, as students, must go deeper and actually scrutinize the novel and try to depict certain themes or styles that we see developing throughout the course of the book. It is quite easy to see symbolism in this novel; however, it is not as easy to fully understand the thought process that went along with every word, paragraph, and page to The Scarlet Letter, or for that matter, any of Hawthorne’s novels....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

- In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne critiques Puritan ideology. Hawthorne believes in some parts of Puritan doctrine because he thinks that the God is philanthropy. Everyone has opportunity to redeem from the sin. However, he criticizes for the harsh and brutal laws of puritanism. Fear makes Puritan push aside Hester. Puritan is afraid that if they do not punish this immoral behavior in the Puritanism society, their core of society which is moral ideology will collapse Hawthorne thinks that the traditional Puritan ideology ruins the natural humanity and human right....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter Is More Than Just An

- The scarlet letter is more than just an “A” that Hester Prynne wears as punishment. The “A” on Hester’s clothing is a symbol for adultery, but under the hand stitched “A” it is much more. The “A” tells a story of how one mistake can make a big impact on life. Throughout the book there have been many scenarios that the “A” has affected different characters, in a positive and negative way. This little letter has many meanings to many people, some people that did not know it would even affect them....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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Last Glimpse Of Characters Of The Scarlet Letter

- Last Glimpse of Characters In The Scarlet Letter Hawthorne uses this idea of last glimpse of main characters to broadcast the serious ideas of his novel. Similar to how the “first” actions of the characters gives the main plot of the text the last glimpse of the characters shows the serious ideas of a text. The main last glimpse of characters would be the disappearance of pearl and the death of Dimmesdale and Chillingworth at the end of the book. In the scarlet letter Pearl is the product of the adultery between the Dimmesdale and Hester....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

- Romanticism and Puritanism collide in Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter, as Hawthorne’s characters are dealt with a conflict between following one’s own moral code versus following the code of a pious and conservative society. Hawthorne introduces characters who are in a struggle to rebel against a stubborn society. Throughout his novel, Hawthorne allegorizes a Romantic moral that expressing one’s true beliefs and emotions is ultimately rewarding. Across their progression, the characters Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth embody such Romantic moral....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Larry J. Reynolds

- In his piece, The Scarlet Letter and Revolutions Abroad, Larry J. Reynolds aims to link Hawthorne’s novel, The Scarlet Letter, to historical revolutions both past and present. He explains that one can draw parallels between the story and revolutions by examining the structure, themes, setting, language, as well as characterization within the story. As to why these parallels are present, Reynolds doesn’t give much explanation but justifies his claim by saying the revolutions and disrupts abroad were constantly on Hawthorne’s mind....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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Analysis Of ' The Scarlet Letter ' By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Zack Klein Miller D-Block English 11 Dimmesdale, The Sinner A sin during the mid 1600’s is quite different than a modern one. For example, in the 17th century people believed that defying a rule of God makes the culprit worthy of being publicly shamed or even killed. Now, sin does not have nearly the same impact for if a person disobeys God they can confess to their priest and be forgiven of their sins. The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne explores the concept of sin in a Puritanical community during the mid 1600’s in Boston, Massachusetts....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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Redemption from the Past in The Scarlet Letter

- Redemption, a word with many meanings but few examples. People who think of redemption will usually think of Jesus, but few ever think of Hester Pyrnne. In Hawthrone's The Scarlet Letter Hester was caught in the act of adultery, and in this society, it is no small crime. While in prison Hester gives birth to Pearl, and on the day of Hester's punishment in front of everyone, the entire crowd see Pearl as a small, innocent babe. When Hester was lead in front of the church to point out the man who also committed adultery with her she refuses, "'Never!' Replied Hester Prynne, looking, not at Mr....   [tags: scarlet letter, hawthorne, redemption]

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Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

- Authors utilize symbols as an important literary device. They contribute to the reader’s understanding of the piece and aid in both plot and character development. A well-written novel includes many symbols that enhance the writing and create a deeper understanding for the reader. In the Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne tells the story of an adulterous woman named Hester. Both Hester and her bastard child, Pearl, are continuously persecuted for Hester’s sinful act. Because of her sin, Hester remains an outcast in the Puritan society....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

- Hester and the World Around Her Hester is swayed by many forces that she cannot control, the most important being the natural settings that are direct and indirect to her. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter uses lots of instances of nature to affect Hester Prynne and the other characters around her. Nature and the wilderness are very prevalent topics in the book. The book takes place in seventeenth century Salem, so the town is very small with a vast wilderness around Salem. Hester Prynne is controlled in her emotions and actions of nature that take place within the book which makes nature very important....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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John Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

- A motor is to a boat as a mental plight is to the behavior of a person. The author develops a plot led by actions of characters with thinking influenced by complications. Hawthorne shows the contrast in character’s actions through their different internal issues throughout The Scarlet Letter. The psychological issues, such as revenge, guilt, and acceptance, that take place inside a character shape the individual’s actions directly. Roger Chillingworth, a physician and the spouse of the adulterer Hester Prynne, remains in a psychological complication with his search, need, and struggle for revenge against Dimmesdale, a Puritan minister and lover of Hester....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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Isolation Of The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Isolation is bad(Haven’t found a quote yet” This concept is especially true in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, isolation is thoroughly utilized, in order to portray the lingering physical, social, and emotional consequences of a poor decision. While not the most commonly mentioned, the most glaringly apparent portrayal of physical isolation in the novel details the proximity of Hester 's house in relation to the center to town. Very shortly after her release from confinement, Hester relocates her quarters to a small house on the outskirts of town....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

- Characters in compelling pieces of literature normally represent an abstract idea. These ideas can represent a message that the author wants to communicate to us, and they can even represent concepts that allude to disputes in society. In this case, Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author of The Scarlet Letter, creates a novel where his characters are significant in a manner that depicts life in a Puritan society. Hawthorne delicately establishes characters with an influential role in society with extravagant meaning....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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George Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

- As Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor states, “There are no bystanders in life [...] Our humanity makes us each a part of something greater than ourselves.” Sotomayor, along with countless others, believe that humans, as a species, are all connected through their actions and human nature. Nathaniel Hawthorne shows in his novel The Scarlet Letter that humans are all connected, not only through our humanity but also through our acts of sin. As it is part of humanity to be sinful, Hawthorne argues that sin itself connects everyone down to their very personalities and actions....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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Nathaniel Hawthorne 's A Scarlet Letter

- There is no doubt that Puritan ideology is engrained in contemporary American society despite years of opposition, after all it is the reason why America is the money making powerhouse it is. In his novel A Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne explores the complications that arise from Puritan principles. Specifically, he discusses how to conflicts with true human nature. He does this through his exploration of how “light” and “darkness” affected the psyche of puritans. The result of this exploration is a transcendentalist classic....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]

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The Sucide Letter´s Consequence

- As the story begins, Dr. Juvenal Urbino is examining the corpse of his close friend and chess adversary, Jeremiah de Saint-Amour, who has just committed suicide at sixty years of age with the poisonous fumes of gold cyanide along with his Great Dane. Dr. Urbino uses his methods of persuasion to have Saint-Amour buried that same day, Pentecost. Dr. Urbino notices an unfinished game of chess that shows that Saint- Amour would be defeated in four moves, a rare sight. Along with this unfinished game of chess there is a envelope addressed to him that contains an eleven page double-sided letter with instructions for Dr....   [tags: love, story, sucide, death, letter]

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The Scarlet Letter Analysis

- Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, published in 1850, is a classical American literature novel. It is a story that takes place in the puritan town of Boston, Massachusetts during the seventeenth century. The novel tells the story of a woman, Hester Prynne, who commits a crime and is severely punished by the Puritan community which she lives in. The crime is so atrocious and condemned by the Puritans that they sentence her to a life of isolation. The story follows her decisions and warring struggles of her everyday life and that of those she loves....   [tags: scarlet letter, nathaniel hawthorne, puritans]

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Analysis Of ' The Scarlet Letter '

- What is considered a sin. Sin by definition is “a transgression of divine law, especially a willful or deliberate violation of some religious or moral principle”( dictionary). Everyone sins, and the consequences of sin are different for everyone. The lives of Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingsworth were significantly affected by sin in The Scarlet Letter. Hester suffered from her sin emotionally while both Chillingsworth and Dimmesdale had severe mental and physical changes. What deems a sin punishable....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne, Anne Hutchinson]

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Letter To Renter

- There was no chance of us ever paying $1200 for this place-the number is meaningless. I made that very clear to you when you offered it to us. You agreed to the $1000 because you wanted us here. I remember you actually telling us we “had to move” here then changing your approach when you realized we were not interested. The understanding we had was that I would be responsible for the snow blowing. That I take care this place and have done it all along was something you grew to expect. Snaking out the line under the house does not qualify as either minor or a condition of our agreement....   [tags: Letter]

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Symbols and Symbolism - The Letter A in The Scarlet Letter

- The Symbolism of the Letter in The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter includes many profound and important symbols. This device of symbolism is portrayed well in the novel, especially through the scarlet letter "A". The "A" is the best example because of the changes in the meaning throughout the novel. In the beginning of the novel, the scarlet letter "A" is viewed as a symbol of sin. The middle of the novel is a transition period, where the scarlet letter "A" is viewed differently....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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The Powerful Character of Pearl in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

- The Powerful Character of Pearl in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter       One of the most significant writers of the romantic period in American literature was Nathaniel Hawthorne.  Hawthorne wrote stories that opposed the ideas of Transcendentalism. Since he had ancestors of Puritan belief, Hawthorne wrote many stories about Puritan New England.  His most famous story is the Scarlet Letter.  This novel tells of the punishment of a woman, Hester Prynne, who committed adultery and gave birth to Pearl.  A minister of Boston, Arthur Dimmesdale, had an affair with Hester while believing that her husband, Roger Chillingworth, had died.   However, Chillingworth did not die a...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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Symbols and Symbolism - The Letter A in The Scarlet Letter

- Symbolism of the Scarlet Letter           Authors sometimes use symbols in their novels to represent different objects, people or ideas.  One example is the S on Superman's uniform, which symbolizes him being supper.  In "The Scarlet Letter" Nathaniel Hawthorne creates the symbolism of the letter "A" to have different meanings.  As the novel unfolds, the meanings of the letter "A" on Hester Prynne's bosom changes, from adultery to able to angel.           In the beginning of the novel, Hawthorne describes the letter "A" that lies on Hester's bosom as a symbol of adultery.  Hester is made to wear the letter "A" once the town's people see, that she committed adultery...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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The Heroine of Louise Shivers' Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail

- The Heroine of Louise Shivers' Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail Sleeping Beauty's father was a king who loved his daughter dearly. Unfortunately, however, he forgot to invite one of the oldest and most powerful of the fairies to the celebration of his daughter's christening. Because of his forgetfulness, the princess was sentenced to one hundred years of sleep and inactivity. She was saved by a prince who made his way to her bedside and awakened her with a kiss of true love. Of course, they celebrated a glorious wedding and lived happily ever after....   [tags: Here Get My Baby Out Jail]

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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]

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Characterization through Imagery and Metaphor in The Scarlet Letter

- Characterization through Imagery and Metaphor in The Scarlet Letter         Throughout his novel, The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne reveals character through the use of imagery and metaphor.   In the first Chapter of The Scarlet Letter, "The Prison-Door", the reader is immediately introduced to the people of Puritan Boston. Hawthorne begins to develop the character of the common people in order to build the mood of the story. The first sentence begins, "A throng of bearded men, in sad-colored garments and gray, steeple-crowned hats, intermixed with women, some wearing hoods, and others bareheaded, was assembled in front of a wooden edifice, the door of which was heavily timbered with oak, a...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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Metamorphosis of the Letter A in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

- The Metamorphosis of “A” in The Scarlet Letter Six Works Cited In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, the meaning of the letter "A" changes throughout the novel. This change is significant as it indicates the personal growth of the characters as well as the enlightenment of the townspeople. When the novel begins, the letter "A" is a symbol of sin. As the story progresses the “A” slowly transforms to a symbol of Hester’s strength and ability. By the end of the novel, the letter “A” has undergone a complete metamorphisis and represents the respect that Hester has for herself....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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Letter from Jean-Jacques Rousseau

- Letter to the Editor Assignment Letter From Jean-Jacques Rousseau After reading an article written in The Globe and Mail describing Toronto’s current Mayor, Rob Ford’s latest scandal, there were various statements that caught my attention. It shocks me that such behaviour is tolerated by the community after receiving what I believe to be a disingenuous apology. I believe that Mayor Ford encapsulates everything that is wrong with our political system. His actions prove that he believes to be above the will of the people, taking advantage of his freedom when he should be putting the needs of the community first....   [tags: letter to the editor assignment]

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Is Prison And Jail?

- The topic I am interested in is prison and jail. I am interested in this topic because I have been watching lots of tv shows involving police officers arresting people and dealing with prisoners in jail and prison. When I started watching “Cops” and “Campus PD” I wondered what happens to the criminals when they are arrested and taken to jail or prison. When I started wondering this question I started to watch Beyond, Scared, Straight and it shows what some prisoners do when they aren’t in their jail cell or in their cell block....   [tags: Prison, Penology, Prison cell, Criminal justice]

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Romanticism, Reason, and Puritanism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

- Romanticism, Reason, and Puritanism in The Scarlet Letter The novel, The Scarlet Letter, is about the struggle three people face while trying to live their lives and find happiness in a Puritan society. In the early 1640s, Hester has come to the small town of Boston, Massachusetts, from Great Britain, while her husband, Chillingworth, ties up all of the loose ends back in Great Britain. Hester and Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, the town's priest, engage in the act of adultery and produce a baby girl named Pearl; though, only Hester knows that Dimmesdale is the father....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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John Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

- “A” A symbol relies on imagery to capture influential ideas. Symbols have the ability to captivate a population, negatively or positively, reflecting a community’s ideals and attitude towards the representation. When the scarlet letter is first laid upon Hester’s bosom, it has an extremely negative connotation within her community, which is intended to represent her sin. As the plot progresses, the circumstances and the community in which the novel takes place evolves and the societal attitudes change....   [tags: Hester Prynne, The Scarlet Letter, Puritan]

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The Scarlet Letter - The Letter of a Thousand Words

- The Scarlet Letter - The Letter of a Thousand Words The Scarlet Letter deals with the theme of sin. Throughout history, people have committed all types of sins, and whether they are major or minor, people have been punished. However the severity of a punishment is very difficult to agree on. Some people feel that sinners should be deeply punished no matter how little the wrongdoing was. Others feel that a person's punishment should be based upon the severity of their crime. What many people overlook is the fact that in time, we all have committed sins....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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Free Scarlet Letter Essays: Puritanistic Elements

- Puritanistic Elements in The Scarlet Letter   Puritanism was the religion practiced by the people of colonial Boston, the setting for Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.  It is because of the beliefs of the Puritan religion that Hester Prynne, the main character in The Scarlet Letter, is ostracized from the community.  Puritan ideals are often brought up in the book.  Although Hawthorne never outrightly states his position on Puritanism, it seems clear that he does approve of the religion. The story begins with Hester in jail for adultery.  She is presented as a strong woman—she holds her head high and does not try to cover up the letter.  She stands up to her punishment, and neither the spe...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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Symbols and Symbolism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

- Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne uses diction and symbolism to show the negative effects of stifling conformity verses the positive empowerment found in embarrassing one's own truth. He tries to impress upon his readers that an outsider, whether from another physical location, or simply someone who thinks and acts outside that society's definition of acceptable behavior can in fact facilitate positive change within that society. The secret in this novel most likely represents an idea, privacy, or even social censure....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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Essay on The Greater Sin in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

- The Greater Sin in The Scarlet Letter   In essence, there were three main sins committed in The Scarlet Letter, the sins of Hester, the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth. Roger Chillingworth committed the greatest sin because he let himself be ruled by hatred and the consuming desire for vengeance.  The overpowering vengeance and hatred felt by Chillingworth caused his life to be centered on demeaning Dimmesdale and tormenting him until the end of time.  Both Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale committed sins for which they were deeply remorseful, Roger Chillingworth, however, committed the greater sin because he felt no guilt.  Unknowingly, Hester Prynne sailed from...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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The Scarlet Letter : Nature Vs. Nature

- Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter: Nature vs. Nature One of the central themes of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is the idea of how nature bridges a connection with human beings. In the novel, it can be thought that Hawthorne portrays nature as a human like entity. That is, in the novel, nature, much like a human, is capable of observing, responding to, reacting to, and interacting with the characters. That being said, in this case, nature goes by both definitions of the word: nature as the wild, untamed outdoors, as well as human nature....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Light]

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Analysis Of Barry 's ' The Scarlet Letter '

- Barry’s book discusses the major literary criticisms and theories within them. Within this particular chapter, Barry focuses on Freud’s work on the unconscious and its influence on the actions of individuals. Barry draws concentrate on repression and the idea that this “forgetting” of conflicts contributes to desires ultimately being “forced” out. This source is especially important as it blatantly expresses the phenomenon that occurs with Arthur Dimmesdale. Peter Barry, an expert on literary theory, is a member of the Higher Education Academy, the Fellowship Committee of the English Association, and was recently elected as a Fellow of the English Association....   [tags: Sigmund Freud, Psychoanalysis, The Scarlet Letter]

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Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

- Charley Haas Period 5 How Dualities Shape Pearl and Hester Oscar Wilde once said, “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” When Wilde says this he is referring to the good and bad, or dualities, in everything. In the Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne uses dualities in two of the most important characters, Hester and Pearl. He uses these dualities to shape the characters emotions and actions as they are oppressed and isolated by the society around them. In the Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne uses dualities to show how it is imperative for Pearl and Hester stay true to themselves instead of conforming to societal standards....   [tags: Puritan, The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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Life at the Jail

- ... As I looked at the monitors and all the different pieces of equipment I was always amazed. There was a radio that someone was always talking on. You could hear someone talking about numbers all the time. Every now and then Officer Walden would pick me up off his lap and stand me up and say, “Now Sonja, you need to go on back upstairs, we have some police business to take care of.” He was so tall and strong, like a giant. He always had on his two toned brown uniform with a white t-shirt underneath....   [tags: personal narrative]

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The Heroine Of Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

- Hester Prynne is the heroine of Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, where she proves to be an incendiary figure in her community, as the presence of the A on her garment is an incessant reminder of her transgression. A strict, religious community does not tolerate the transgression that is Hester’s sin. A fellow villager states “Marry, good Sir, in some two years, or less…no tiding have come of this learned gentleman, Master Prynne; and his young wife, look you, being left to her own misguidance…” (485)....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne, Puritan]

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Birmingham, Alabama Demonstrations of 1963

- The topic we researched was the demonstrations that occurred in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. These demonstrations stemmed from rising racial tensions in the area. African American people cried out for equality and when their cries were not answered they took the next step and participated in numerous demonstrations in 1963. The topics concerning the demonstrations and events that occurred in Birmingham that were most commonly written about in 1963 are lunch counter demonstrations, marches, a boycott of four variety store chains, church bombings, and the arrest of Martin Luther King, Jr....   [tags: Civil Rights Movement]

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Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

- Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter tells the story of a puritan community living in 17th century Boston, and how they deal with the aftermath of an act of adultery committed by Hester Prynne with an unnamed man. Hawthorne’s story deals with the themes of guilt and shame, and the effect that these forces have on the novel’s characters. Of the characters that are introduced in the novel, Hester Prynne represents and suffers from guilt; while Dimmesdale represents and suffers from shame. In order to understand the different experiences of Hester and Dimmesdale in reference to their acts of adultery, one must first define guilt and shame....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Suffering]

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Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

- Everyone has a lesson to learn as he or she develops their character. Whether it is a sorrowful or a jubilant event, people learn things every day, every moment of their life. Then, from one’s own experiences, he or she is able to teach others. Through the Scarlet Letter, the romanticist author, Nathaniel Hawthorne, is someone who provides a lesson to those who have been through a similar situation. This lesson he has taught is that repenting for one’s sins in secret or denying repentance will not help him or her find salvation....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Sin]

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Symbolism Of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

- Symbolism can be found all throughout Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. While most of the symbolism in his work may subtle, it all plays a large role in his novel. Symbolism is often defined as something, like an object, that represents something else or an idea. One may even say he overuses symbolism in his work, “The Scarlet Letter”, but the meaning of his symbols change throughout the novel. For example, the letter “A” has one meaning in the beginning, but it changes a few times by the end novel....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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