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Feminism in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

- Written in 1850, The Scarlet Letter stood as a very progressive book. With new ideas about women, main characters’ stories intertwined, and many different themes, The Scarlet Letter remains today as a extremely popular novel about 17th century Boston, Massachusetts. Not only was the 19th century a time for the abolition of slavery movement but it was also the beginning of the first wave of feminism. Women such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Lucretia Mott catalyzed the women’s rights movement....   [tags: the scarlet letter]

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Dimmesdale’s Metamorphosis in The Scarlet Letter

- Dimmesdale’s Metamorphosis Life is unpredictable, and through trial and error humanity learns how to respond to conflicts and learns how to benefit from mistakes. Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is a character who changes and gains knowledge from the trials he faces, but first he has to go through physical, spiritual, and emotional agony. In the midst of all the havoc, the young theologian is contaminated with evil but fortunately his character develops from fragile to powerful, and the transformation Dimmesdale undergoes contributes to the plot’s climax....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... From the beginning of the novel the initial meaning of the scarlet letter really impacts the main character, Hester Prynne in a negatively. However, as the novel goes on, the scarlet letter “A” becomes embroidered, “She bore on her breast, in the curiously embroidered letter, a specimen of her delicate and imaginative skill, of which the dames of a court might gladly have availed themselves, to add the richer and more spiritual adornment of human ingenuity to their fabrics of silk and gold.” (Hawthorne 78) It can be said that after this occurs, the meaning of the scarlet letter “A” shifts....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Pranav Damera Mr. Mackechnie English Period 6 9 May 2015 “A” in the Scarlet Letter According to Webster Dictionary, adultery is sex between a married person and someone who is not that person 's wife or husband. Even though this is still considered immoral nowadays, it is not dealt with as harshly by countries today as the Puritans. The scarlet letter “A” in the Scarlet Letter has many different meanings throughout the book. The “A” serves as a symbol throughout and helps show the suffering and strength of Hester Prynne as a character....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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Summary Of ' The Scarlet Letter '

- Troy Okamoto AP English Mr. Kam September 12, 2014 The Scarlet Letter Book Report My reaction to The Scarlet Letter can only be summed up in one word: empathy. The amount of shame and struggles that Hester Prynne experienced was surreal, and she has witnessed such unimaginative events. Hester, wearing the "A" of shame, doesn 't reveal the name of the father, which drives her into embarrassment. Hester is not only shameful but also corrupt, for she invests herself to the lover of her child. The struggles that Hester faces with her daughter after she returns home is poignant, and the story ends in such a solitude way that one would sympathize with her....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]

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Analysis Of ' The Scarlet Letter '

- ... This can also be shown representing the quote here from chapter 2 "But Hester Prynne, with a mind of native courage and activity, and for so long a period not merely estranged, but outlawed, from society, had habituated herself to such latitude of speculation as was altogether foreign to the clergyman. She had wandered, without rule or guidance, in a moral wilderness. . . . The scarlet letter was her passport into regions where other women dared not tread. Shame, Despair, Solitude. These had been her teachers,—stern and wild ones,—and they had made her strong, but taught her much amiss." This is where Hester is showing off the scarlet not conforming to the puritan society’s needs....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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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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Analysis Of The Book ' The Scarlet Letter '

- ... It would seem to be such a simple task to just forgive oneself and be the person you’d wish to be, yet for Hester, she faces the internal forgiveness forever causing her to physically fade. Of course along with Hester, there is who we know as Chillingworth, formerly Hester 's husband that no one is aware of. On the first day of Chillingworth’ arrival, he witnesses Hester and the young babe at the Scaffold. Now it is really from that moment forward that something stirs up inside of this man....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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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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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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Analysis Of ' The Scarlet Letter '

- ... They live in a town that left the Old World for religious tolerance, but they forsake their own religion. The town of Boston has a strong magnetism towards ignoring their own religious text, leading to an extremely hypocritical environment, Another aspect of hypocrisy in The Scarlet Letter is the character of Roger Chillingworth. Chillingworth continually lies and portrays himself as a doctor, when, in fact, he is just the opposite. Chillingworth comes to the town as a doctor and infiltrates Dimmesdale’s life through his sly use of lies and deceit....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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Summary Of ' The Scarlet Letter '

- ... Living as a minister, he was fearful of the ramifications that would arise from his confession, so for seven lengthy years Dimmesdale and Hester kept it confidential, and were not at any time observed together in public. Roger Chillingworth, Hester 's husband, the other main sinner in this novel, hunted retribution on whomever fathered Pearl. He promptly suspected the minister, and would not halt until vengeance was accomplished. Chillingworth purported to be a practitioner and was to tend to Dimmesdale, but all the while he was gradually poisoning and abusing him physically and mentally....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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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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Analysis Of ' The Scarlet Letter '

- ... She continues her beautiful needle work, even embroidering her letter “A”. Hester also denies the option to flee the town, “her motive for continuing a resident of New England…[that this] had been the scene of her guilt and here should be the scene of her earthly punishment; and so, perchance, the torture…at length would purge her soul” (67). Hester challenges herself to endure suffering in order to be forgiven. Her feelings of determination drive her to take action for her wrongdoings, shaping her behavior....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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Summary Of ' The Scarlet Letter '

- ... This shows readers how incredibly strong and courageous she is that she can go through all the shame and isolation and yet still maintain her calm and collected state of being. Also, it displays her morality and stature which shows how much she trusts herself and how much self respect she has despite the circumstances. Although Hester doesn 't realize it till later, she is becoming a better person from all that is happening to her. Life goes on in the town and Hester 's supports her and a Pearl through her work as a seamstress....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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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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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... "..the door of which was heavily timbered with oak, and studded with iron spikes" gives an inevitable and discouraging vibe (Hawthorne, 1). It later describes, “...the wooden jail was marked with weather-stains and other indication of age, which gave a yet darker aspect to its beetle browed and gloomy front" (Hawthorne 1). Such specific and detailed description connotes a tone of morbidity and despair similar to the puritan society Hawthorne sets the novel in. The ominous atmosphere is spread throughout the vegetation nearby as well....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... Hester was taught amiss because she was able to sense the sins of others in her presence. Hester is able to forgive the sins of others because no one else in the town would. After a while Hester becomes to accept the letter just like accepting her flaw. Towards the middle of the book Hester starts to learn from her sin, and grows strong as she starts to accept her sin and the “A.” To Dimmesdale, the “A” reminds him of many different things. Dimmesdale is emotionally and physically harmed from the guilt of Hester’s adultery....   [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

- ... When Hester was given the option to leave the town, she decided to stay to further her punishment and live with her sin. The town was where “had been her sin; here, her sorrow; and here was yet to be her penitence. She had returned, therefore, and resumed—of her own free will, for not the sternest magistrate of that iron period would have imposed it—resumed the symbol of which we have related so dark a tale" (178). Instead of shying away from her sin or feeling guilty about it, Hester completely accepts it and remains in the town....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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Analysis Of ' The Scarlet Letter '

- ... If Hester emerges from the shadows, she will be humiliated and blamed for her sin. Also, Hester’s little cottage is “on the outskirts of the town…out of the sphere of that social activity which already marked the habits of the emigrants” (Hawthorne 72). Since Hester lives so close to the forest, she has a connection to the forest and she is able to visit it anytime. Since there are no laws in the wilderness, Hester can escape her troubles in society and go straight to the forest. When she is in there, the forest represents freedom because she cannot be prosecuted under law....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... On one hand Pearl was an intelligent child who discovered who her father was before anyone else. Pearl was also untainted by society. The townspeople called her imp and demon child but she didn’t listen. She saw how the people and kids acted toward her and her mom but she didn’t see her mother any less. Roger Chillingworth, on the other hand, was depicted as an evil character throughout the novel. He wanted to seek vengeance on Hester’s lover and was indifferent if she suffered along the way....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... As a result of being shunned from the town, Hester and Pearl moved to the outskirts and away from the harassment of others. By doing this, Pearl was ignored more by the children, so as a result Pearl used her wide imagination to keep herself entertained and distant from the abusive comments. Consequently, Pearl and Hester had to live with the cost of the adultery throughout their lifetimes, but they found ways to deal with it. Amidst the vast, enormous oceans surrounding nations, there lies a minuscule object, a pearl....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... After this confession he falls to his death on the stage because of his poor health that Roger claimed he had because of his guilt and sick actions. Finally once Hester passes away both are buried next to each other with a large scarlet letter A for everyone to see. The story of the scarlet letter may seem very plain and simple but it carries a large meaning. No one is perfect. The story takes place during this period of time where everyone is highly devoted to the word of god and committed to him, his son, and the holy spirit....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... In that scene Hawthorne writes “Knowing well her part, [Hester] ascended a flight of wooden steps, and was thus displayed to the surrounding multitude… It was almost intolerable to be borne. Of an impulsive and passionate nature, she had fortified herself to encounter the stings and venomous stabs of public contumely, wreaking itself in every variety of insult”(Hawthorne 51-53). In this quotation Hawthorne describes the public humility that Hester is forced to endure as a part of her punishment....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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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

- ... The said it meant Able; so strong was Hester Prynne, with a women’s strength,” (Hawthorne 111). Through Hester’s helpfulness and power, she is able to completely transform her image in society’s eyes. She possessed the ‘power to do and sympathize”, regardless of others’ thoughts. Hester, truly autonomous in her life, becomes, not only the symbol of power, ability and strength, but the symbol of strength in women. Hawthorne creates a relatable female character for past and modern women alike....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... This is especially the worst case scenario, if one holds a high position in the community or society. For example, in the book, The Scarlet Letter, which took place in the early 1600s in a puritan society where the laws were strictly enforced. If one has committed a crime and was caught, then that person would suffer through public punishment or even death. Both the characters of Hester and Dimmesdale committed a crime of adultery with each other, which was a high level crime in a puritan society....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... Through this quote, Hawthorne directly addresses Hester’s destruction through stating that though she was once a pure, innocent being, she is now viewed as the embodiment of sin because of her refusal to admit the identity of her fellow adulterer. Furthermore, her secrecy and deceptions, though protecting another, have made people believe that she has gone astray from God’s word, as well as the social norm of Puritan society, and led her to be viewed as nothing other than evil. Lastly, Hester’s secrecy also makes her feel responsible not only for her own sin, but for the sin of Arthur Dimmesdale, after having inevitably caused him guilt through her lies....   [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 Scarlet Letter By Roger Chillingworth

- ... The use of the literary technique physiognomy in the story gives the reader a visual idea of the image Roger Chillingworth gives to the characters around him. Symbolism is used tremendously in The Scarlet Letter with things such as Pearl, Hester Prynne’s cursed daughter, the scaffold, Dimmesdale’s hand over his heart, the scarlet letter A, the rosebush, the black rose, and many more symbols. In this novel, the black rose is a symbol for sin; a white or red rose is often associated with love and beauty....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... “’O Arthur,” cried she, “forgive me. In all things else, I have striven to be true. Truth was one virtue which I might have held fast, and did hold fast through all extremity; save when thy God, thy life, thy fame, were put in question. Then I consented to a deception. But a lie is never good, even though death threaten on the other side. Dost thou not see what I say. That old man. The physician. He whom they call Rodger Chillingworth. He was my husband” (160). After this statement, we see how Hester has overcome her guilt of what she did to Rodger now that she knows how he has sought revenge on Dimmesdale....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... This also shows that Hester is strong enough to make a huge sacrifice. Moreover, suggesting that Hester possess “masculine” qualities such as being strong, which is not seen in women during this time period, ultimately showing Hawtornes progressive views of Hester. Furthermore, throughout the novel Hawthorne cherishes and appreciates the beauty that Hester possesses and the readers sees that she is a woman of immense beauty. However, she has a terrible flaw, the scarlet letter. As Hester Prynne steps out of the prison, she declines the helping hand of the beadle, the reader is instantly shocked by the natural dignity that Hester has....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... She also compares to a flower because of her wild and magnificent nature. Using these examples, one can figure out how it is that Hawthorne incorporates the dynamic tone. Whenever he describes the scarlet letter and the other colonists view of it, he does so in a subtly harsh nature, albeit, it changes as the story progresses. The tone whenever the scarlet letter appears begins as critical and molds into a respectful one as the citizens deem her to be “able”. By saying that Roger is a devil and a weed, Hawthorne reveals a dark tone....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... Because of the letter,”such helpfulness was found in her, —so much power to do, and power to sympathize, —that many people refused to interpret the scarlet A by its original signification. They said that it meant Able; so strong was Hester Prynne, with a woman 's strength.” (PAGE#) The letter took her from a women to be pitied and transformed her into a woman who is strong and able, to take care of her daughter and herself as well as the other poor. She was strong and so was pearl. Pearl Prynne is a symbol of passion, lust, love, and adultery....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale in the novel, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, struggle to go about life. The characters Hester and Dimmesdale both are ostracized in the story and run into complications with the puritan society and how its morals affect them. The literary elements symbolism, imagery, and setting emphasize the motivations and reactions with the conflict of individual vs. society. The “A” or scarlet letter is the ultimate symbol of the entire novel. Initially, the letter symbolized shame then shifted later in time....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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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 Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

- ... It shows the forest spurs the nature of evil from Hibbins. Secondly, the forest is the setting for where Dimmesdale and Hester secretly meet to discuss their plans about fleeing back to England. This is another setting where a plot of evil happens within the forest. Also, the forest is where the Black Man resides. The book keeps bringing up the Black Man, which can be looked at as ultimately the Devil. The Devil is most of the time considered on the of the atrocious evils in biblical terms, and the Black Man being in the forest aids in the theme of the nature of evil....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Sinful By Katie Michalak In today’s world, the act of sin is prosecuted differently than it was in the Puritan age. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic, The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne is sentenced to a lifetime of wearing a scarlet letter “A” on her chest for her sin. When her husband, Roger Chillingworth, arrives in Boston and is educated about Hester’s affair, he seeks revenge on both her and her secret lover. Rebecca Sinclair writes in her article “When the strains of war lead to infidelity”, that her husband is being tried for adultery, and how often it happens to soldier and their family....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The Other F-Word: Feminism in The Scarlet Letter The concept of feminism is defined as “political, economic, and social equality of the sexes” (Merriam-Webster). Contrary to prior belief, it is not raising women above men. This was a fear held by many men in the nineteenth century. Therefore, Hawthorne was restricted in how he made the characters of The Scarlet Letter powerful within the society by what society feared. Throughout the novel, Nathaniel Hawthorne attempts to write a novel that is ahead of its time by showing feminist tendencies through Hester, however the constraints of his society and that of Puritan society force his writing to portray women in a negative light....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... ‘Wonder’ and ‘joy’ are both normally positively connotated dissimilar to ‘horror’ which was strategically placed in the list by the narrator to emphasize the transformation of Chillingworth. Though we already have seen a change in Chillingworth 's attitude, it is after he has gained the power of information we see him become truly evil. The narrator suggests “had a man seen old Roger Chillingworth, at that moment of ecstasy, he would have no need to ask how Satan comports himself…” (Ch. 10; Pg....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... She never loved him and regrets marrying him. Especially, because she is considered an adulterer. The first time they speak he tells her to not reveal his true identity and he plans to have revenge on Pearl’s biological father. He forces Hester to secrecy which removes the chance of her ever living a happy life. During their first confrontation Hester says, “’Why dost thou smile so at me?’ … troubled at the expression of his eyes. ‘Art thou like the Black Man that haunts the forest round about us....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... When contemplating the origin of the rosebush, the narrator states, “-or whether, as there is fair authority for believing, it had sprung up under the footsteps of the sainted Ann Hutchinson, as she entered the prison door-” (Hawthorne, 46). Ann Hutchinson was a controversial public leader in the Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony. She became famous for her audacity, as she fought against the religious values and leaders of the church. Due to her outspokenness, she was charged with heresy and violating the ministers, and was put on trial....   [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

- ... For the majority of the novel, Pearl stays under the age of ten but at the end of the novel she marries. Sometimes she acts wild and other times she acts like an angel. She serves as a reminder of Prynne’s sin and perceives people for who they truly are. Dimmesdale acts as a protagonist by committing adultery with Prynne. He shows his guilt slowly as the story progresses and eventually it leads him to confess his sin to the public. Hawthorne shows the difference in lifestyles between a person who confesses their sin and another who lives through the guilt through Prynne and Dimmesdale....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... When Roger “entered the room with the characteristic quietude of which he announced himself as belonging”(76.) no one even questioned him. Just the same, He told everyone his name was “Roger Chillingworth, as he was hereafter to be named”(81) and no one doubted that this was actually his name. As the novel unfolds, the reader is shown how Roger’s obsession over Arthur Dimmesdale controls all of his actions. His only focus becomes destroying Dimmesdale, and this is very evident, not only in his actions, but in his appearance and personality as well....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... Hawthorne’s writing style examines the problem of the sin in-built in the beautiful and dreadful world beings have formed. Hawthorne shows through his writing that he was born into a ugly world that is dark and lifeful. As a child he read a lot about romance. Maybe the reason that he wrote dark romanticism is because he sees how the world really was. He wanted to see the love the world had but he couldn’t with the era he grew up in. But throughout the time, did we evolve into a romance world....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... By no means is Pearl a wicked mythical creature. She is merely a curious child, and until one separates Hawthorne’s fictitious references towards her demonic soul from her true, intelligent nature, a character analysis of the young girl’s identity cannot be created. It is this separation that the Puritans fail to make when assessing Pearl that initially creates a rift between the Prynne child and the rest of the townsfolk. With the rumor of Pearl’s impish nature dispelled, one can now study her inquisitive and empathetic nature....   [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

- 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

- How does today’s society even compare to that of the time of the Puritans. It is obvious that the human race has emotionally developed and matured in all of this time, isn’t it. Occurring during an estimated 90 year period (1630-1720), Puritanism was a form of religion where its followers were discouraged from performing any form of sin. This included judgement, punishment, and isolation. Judgement is the act of forming an opinion based on observations or careful thought, and punishment is the imposition of a penalty based on the severity of an offense....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... Thus, already noticing the criticizing she deals with. She has to rise above them all to accept her letter, that lays so boldly upon her, so everyone around her would learn to accept it too. She also had to have her goals reachable enough for her to grasp. In the novel, her goal is to have her daughter 's father back, and for a brief moment, she does. Being able to reach your goals is so important in independence. You must want something to complete it on your own, and to strive with it on your own....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]

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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

- ... His internal and external agony experienced in the home signifies the reality of his falsehood, further relating to the central meaning of the work. Another strong, evident correlation with this theme was when Chillingworth observed Dimmesdale as he slept in their home. “To sum up the matter, it grew to be a widely diffused opinion that the Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale, like many other personages of special sanctity, in all ages of the Christian world, was haunted either by Satan himself, or Satan’s emissary, in the guise of old Roger Chillingworth.” (Hawthorne 101) As revenge became his only motive, it was established inside the house that Chillingworth had made a deal with the devil....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]

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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

- ... As his guilt builds up over time, his appearance starts to change. In the novel, Hawthorne states that Dimmesdale is a “young clergyman, who had come from one of the great English universities, bringing all the learning of the age into our wild forest land”, but later on, that great minister looks as if he has aged and went through tough times (Hawthorne 61). He especially changes when Hawthorne says, “a change has come over his features, -- since the days when she [Hester Pryne] had familiarly known him” (Hawthorne 102)....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... “While thus suffering under bodily disease, and gnawed and tortured by some black trouble of the soul, and given over to the machinations of his deadliest enemy, the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale had achieved a brilliant popularity in his sacred office. He won it, indeed, in great part, by his sorrows” (93-94). The disease that simply seemed to torture him because of his weakness was in reality due to the “black trouble of the soul” that Dimmesdale faced. The public had no idea whatsoever of his hardships, and lived on blindly while he suffered in secret yet continued to shine publicly....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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Characterization Of The Scarlet Letter

- ... However, Hester proves to be a compassionate figure, providing for the needy and performing charity work (Bloom 220-21). The society soon forgets the original meaning of the scarlet letter and assumes that it stands for “able” or “angel” (McPherson 93). Pearl is beautiful and has a natural grace (Hawthorne 74). Her radiance makes her deserving to be placed in Eden among the angels (Heims 64-65). In addition to her beauty, Hester makes rich, gorgeous robes for Pearl, which give her character and emphasize her beauty (Hawthorne 75)....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... THe femininity she showed is often connected to a sense of innocence especially during the 1640s when the story takes place.. Hawthorne personifies Hester 's hair when describing that it could throw off sunshine. Emphasizing the the light and happiness Hester 's presence brought to the society. After Hester is forced to wear the scarlet letter the puritan society shuns her, She was basically living in her own world separated from the rest but still there. An example of this is the feelings of the townspeople when they first see the scarlet letter on Hester 's chest....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Puritan]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... Another example of Hester abiding to her strict society is by dressing plainly and even donating handmade plain clothing to the poor. In contrast to this behavior, as Pearl ages, her mother dresses her in a beautiful “crimson velvet tunic”(92) in a peaceful rebellion against her punishment. The adulteress still continues to wear the scarlet letter and has a personification of it at her side almost at all times. This action puts Hester and Pearl in an even worse limelight before. Later in the novel, Hester, Pearl, and Dimmesdale are together in the forest, a symbol for a part of human nature that cannot be beaten into submission....   [tags: Puritan, The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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Religion And Science : The Scarlet Letter

- ... Heaven had wrought an absolute miracle, by transporting an eminent Doctor of Physic... Individuals of wiser faith... we 're inclined to see a providential hand in Roger Chillingworth 's so opportune arrival." This answer shows an example of reasoning from the religious side. Readers know that it was no coincidence that Chillingworth happened to travel to this town, and he did not coincidentally come upon Arthur Dimmesdale. The fact that readers know underlying information that the Puritan community does not know, and this information contradicts the reasoning of the religious side for Chillingworth 's appearance continues to clue that the narrator and/or Hawthorne may favor with science....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Science]

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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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Summary Of ' The Scarlet Letter '

- ... Unlike the United States, “A court has no power to end a marriage simply because it views it as over; instead, it may do so only on grounds enumerated in its jurisdiction’s statutes (Varnado, Sandi S. pg. 372).” They felt like it should be free will and love of people to choose whether to keep a marriage and not forced by the criminal system. Adultery was use as protection for women; it empowered them due to the fact of legal action over philandering husbands from divorcing them. Back in the 1950s divorced South Korean women were seen to a disgrace to society, so finding work or getting remarried was a tough task for them....   [tags: Marriage, Sexual intercourse, The Scarlet Letter]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... However, Hester takes her punishment and embraces it. Hester knows, “But now, with this unattended walk from her prison-door, began the daily custom, and she must either sustain and carry it forward by the ordinary resources of her nature, or sink beneath it” (Hawthorne). Hester embroiders her scarlet letter and dresses her daughter, Pearl, in scarlet. She also wears her scarlet letter way longer than the community says showing everyone that she has nothing to hide. Even though the strict Puritan values bring Hester to public shame, they also help Hester gain back the respect of her community....   [tags: Puritan, The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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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 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 Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... The Governor 's mansion is described as being so brilliant it may have “befitted Aladdin’s palace”(Hawthorne 106). Embroidered clothing was also something the Puritan’s enjoyed. Even though the community treats Hester harshly, they still look past her to admire her fine needlework. Then, even though her work was beautiful, Hester was never asked to embroider a wedding veil; however, the wealthy, the clergymen and the powerful Puritan leaders all wore embroidered garments which she had stitched....   [tags: Puritan, The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... As the book goes on it describes Hester in detail as a woman who once had a glow about her, which had disappeared. The secret of Pearl’s real father and the clear hatred from the Town transformed her into someone she had not been before. The torment of the truth took its toll on Hester in many ways, but the most apparent was the decline of her overall health. Hester simply could not reveal who the real father was because she knew what would happen to Dimmesdale if the Town found out. Examples of how the impact of keeping a secret affected the characters in the novel are displayed from deterioration of health to death, the consequences were great indeed and the effect that secrets imposed...   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Shame]

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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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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 Symbol of Guilt in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter

- The scarlet letter is a symbol of guilt with the power to transform not only its wearer, but everyone involved in its inaugural scandal. Pearl and the letter share a certain relationship, and at times seem to mirror each other, as they exhibit similar tendencies. As children of indignity alike, they unconsciously serve as emotional grim reapers, and together, they unwillingly carry out the supernatural mandate of punishment rationed to them through sadistic and demoniac means. Because the two chosen are but unwilling situational puppets strewn by fate, it is impossible for self proclaimed vigilantes of the paranormal to come out unscathed....   [tags: the scarlet letter]

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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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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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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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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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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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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

- ... Reverend Dimmesdale is one of the communities most esteemed preachers and because of his passion during his sermons and high religious precedent, nearly everyone is fond of the charismatic reverend. Unfortunately, in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Reverend Dimmesdale is the most considerable sinner because of his hypocrisy, and selfishness. Nathaniel Hawthorne depicts Arthur Dimmesdale as a hypocrite which is one of the primary reasons he is viewed as a consequential sinner in the novel....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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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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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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