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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 And The Yellow Wallpaper

- Society creates standard rules that create a barrier between the male and female roles. In most cases, the male comes out on top as the superior breadwinner of the family, while the women stay home and perform the role of the housewife. Therefore, women are limited to having one perspective and do not experience the outside. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman illustrate how the American woman define the limits and experiences a woman has....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Throughout the infamous novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the reader is met with a lot of symbolism, from the rosebush to the scaffold and of course the most obvious symbol of them all, the scarlet letter “A”. While the most evident meaning or symbolism behind the scarlet letter “A” is that it stands for adultery, the scarlet letter can actually represent a lot more depending on the context it is placed in. Throughout the novel, the scarlet letter “A” morphs in meaning. The letter goes from standing for adultery, to strength, growth, ableness, power and much more....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- In the novel the Scarlet Letter written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the main character Hester Prynne sinned by committing adultery which changes her identity while she wears the Scarlet Letter. “In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity” (Erik Erikson). The way the scarlet letter defines Hester as someone who sinned in her society. The way that her society reacted to her with the scarlet letter, made her question her identity of who she is with the scarlet letter....   [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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Analysis Of The Book ' The Scarlet Letter '

- ... She tells her daughter Pearl that, “Thou must gather thine own sunshine. I have none to give thee," while Pearl is playing outside the governor’s home (Hawthorne 71). Ever since Hester put on the scarlet A, she had been literally and metaphorically walking in the darkness. The townspeople see her as a woman of sin (darkness), and they do not want to associate with her. Even little Pearl could tell that the scarlet A on her mother’s chest was full of darkness as she said, “Mother, [...] sunshine does not love you....   [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 '

- Emerson’s idea of self-reliance revolves around the idea that society is bounded by the members conforming to the needs of others. He believes that conforming to society is only a need for ones acceptance of others. This then translates to the society portrayed in The Scarlet Letter where at the time Hawthorne strictly based the stories society on the Puritan lifestyle. Puritans where very uncompromising with their standards of living and also keeping up with their lifestyle, which can be clearly shown in the daily life of Hester, Pearl, and Dimmesdale the lives of which that have been forced to break down emotionally and physically to conform to the norms of society....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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The Scarlet Letter : A Symbol Of Strength

- ... Her actions cause a change from the letter standing for adultery to meaning ‘Able; so strong was Hester Prynne’ (Hawthorne 106). Hester began to help others and was a listening ear to those in need of counsel. The transformation of Hester from an outcast to a respected member of the community changed the perception of the letter. As Hester aged ‘the scarlet letter ceased to be a stigma… and became a type of something to be sorrowed over’ (Hawthorne 165). Hester showed that the mistakes of the past can be used for good....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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The Novel ' The Scarlet Letter '

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

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The Scarlet Letter: 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 '

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Symbolism of the Forest in The Scarlet Letter

- “She had wandered, without rules or guidance, in a moral wilderness: as vas, as intricate and shadowy, as the untamed forest” (180). Nature plays an essential part in this American Romance novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter. The forest is a prominent factor symbolizing many ideas about nature’s relationship with man, as an individual and a society. The narrator does so by simply narrating about events and characters before, during and after the forest scenes. The narrator also displays the people’s feelings towards the forest and nature in general....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter Essays]

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Analysis Of ' The Scarlet Letter '

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

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Summary Of ' The Scarlet Letter '

- ... Even Hester can not recognize Pearl because how calm she was. This can also be connected to how she possibly knows that Dimmesdale is her father. Pearl is wise beyond her years, so assuming that she likes Dimmesdale because she knows who he actually is, is not a huge stretch. She becomes sincere for the moment with Dimmesdale because she knows he is her father. When going through hard times, the individual shows it through their physical appearance, usually weary and bags under their eyes. As time goes on, Pearl starts to regard Dimmesdale as just a minister, leaving no evidence that she knows that he is her father....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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A Trivial Society Of The Scarlet Letter

- ... Hester wasn’t a person who should be damned to Hell, but the Puritans thought so when they saw her chest. Hester almost escaped this life of being enslaved by the letter, but “Hester Prynne, with a mind of native courage and activity, and for so long a period not merely estranged, but out loud, from society, had habituated herself to such latitude of speculation” (Hawthorne 180). She chose to live her life with the embroidery upon her chest, despite having the opportunity to move. She completed her penance when she was publicly humiliated on the scaffold, but she kept the letter and stayed where she was, perhaps to further cleanse her guilty soul with shame she doesn’t deserve or her lo...   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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Analysis Of The Novel ' Scarlet Letter '

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

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Summary Of ' The Scarlet Letter '

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

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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 '

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

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Summary Of ' The Scarlet Letter '

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

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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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Literary Analysis Of ' The Scarlet Letter '

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

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, like many romantic novels, opens the reader 's mind to many different views on the ideal life. The key details of the novel 's plot and character diversity are strategically used to show many different aspects to life. Two aspects that are repeatedly shown in the novel are the contrasts between nature and society. Hawthorne highlights several romantic ideas to emphasize the effect of nature’s purity and freedom on people in contrast with the corruption of community....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... Instead of her prior belief of utter damnation, she makes up for lost time by truly repenting. Hester’s penance was wearing her scarlet letter. The burden wasn’t physically wearing it - it was a very beautiful piece of embroidery- it was dealing with the scorn of the townspeople and having a constant reminder of her sin. To be more clear, the scarlet letter has a similar effect on the townspeople as does the black veil from Hawthorne’s short story, The Minister’s Black Veil - it caused contempt throughout the community....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... Following the end of her imprisonment, Hester begins her new life, moves to the outskirts of town, and becomes a seamstress. Despite her release from prison, she is treated poorly by her peers and seen as the embodiment of sin, however, as a seamstress, she is still vital to the operation of the town. Hester’s stitchings were worn “on the ruff of the Governor; military men wore it on their scarfs, and the minister on his band; it decked the baby’s little cap,” (76). This further proves her importance in society and marks the beginning of her development towards being a strong character....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... They believed that Pearl was the child of the devil as she did not behave like the other children nor participate in social activities with them. The villagers initially saw Hester as a pariah who channeled the inner demons of the villages. They felt that her punishment of wearing a scarlet letter ‘A’ to symbolize the adultery she had committed was not enough; that she deserved a harsher punishment that would affect her physically and psychologically. Even with the distance that Hester created between her little family and the villagers, her few public appearances took away any dignity that she had once possessed....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The Scarlet Letter: A Book Review The novel “The Scarlet Letter” was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1850 and is probably the book for which he is most famous. He was a prolific writer and wrote many short stories, a few collections, and several novels during his writing career. Nathaniel Hawthorne was injured as a child and became an avid reader and decided that he wanted to be a writer. Though he was a lackluster college student, after graduation he returned to his hometown of Salem, Massachusetts and began his writing career in earnest....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The Puritan society was extremely restricting. They had strict laws and rules, and harsh punishments for even the smallest of misdemeanors. They lived with only the bare necessities and discouraged uniqueness or boldness. As a Romantic writer, with beliefs the complete opposite of the Puritans, Nathaniel Hawthorne was very critical of the Puritan’s strict society. In the allegorical novel The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses the characters of Hester Prynne, Reverend Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth order to convey the central moral of rejecting societal ideals and acting upon one 's own desires and emotions....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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Analysis Of ' The Scarlet Letter '

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- 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

- Literature and language is a powerful tool. It has the capabilities to move audiences, transform and mold societies, and give insights to a civilization’s thoughts. The feminist and transcendentalist movements occurred nearly simultaneously in history and pushed each other with their growing popularity. Feminism and transcendentalism boiled down to major components is the equality of women and men in society and individual thoughts, respectfully. The Scarlet Letter can be considered a feminist novel through the author, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, use of transcendentalist ideals to highlight universal women equality through the lead female characters’ actions....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... whether we, that are of authority and influence, do well discharge our consciences by trusting an immortal soul, such as there is in yonder child, to the guidance of one who hath stumbled and fallen, amid the pitfalls of this world" (Hawthorne 101). The townspeople believe that Pearl is a devil-child and should be taken from Hester for Hester 's sake. It is also said that Hester is not worthy of the child, but Hester refuses to forfeit Pearl. The townspeople think that merely because of Hester 's sin she is not able to care for her child....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter has a very wide cast of characters, but settles upon three distinct main ones. These three characters are all very different, but still suffer from the same internal conflict regarding their relationships with one another. One theme can be associated with each individual character, but a single trait is common among all three. Love, fear, and revenge are all primary themes present in The Scarlet Letter, but no other emotion is as prevalent to the characters’ developments than their guilt....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Help And The Scarlet Letter

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

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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

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The 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

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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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

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

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The Scarlet Letter By 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

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- 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

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorn

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- 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

- Events in The Scarlet Letter written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, occur in chronological order and in the span of two hundred and thirty pages, several years take place. At the beginning of the book, Pearl starts out as an infant, but over the course of the book readers will watch Pearl grow up and by the end of the book she has a child herself. This large span of years allows Hawthorne to show how character interactions affect their lives. Hawthorne writes in a Puritan style that is simple and to the point....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... Throughout the seven years from Hester’s release from prison to his public admission of guilt, Dimmesdale’s secret sin weighs heavily on him, affecting his outward health. Dimmesdale’s physical condition begins to deteriorate as he becomes thinner and weaker, “every successive Sabbath , his cheek was paler and thinner, and his voice more tremulous than before” (118). His poor condition can partially be explained by how he repents for the sin. He feels that the only ways to privately atone for his sin are to take long vigils, fast, and even self-flagellate (141)....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... Dimmesdale even said that she dresses Pearl like the scarlet letter. If Pearl age and become elder, she may perhaps consider that she occurred to be a mistake and her parents do not love her. Although Roger Chillingworth is not her biological father, he continues to show affection towards Pearl. Roger Chillingworth seems heartless like an evil villain in a superhero story, but in reality, he is still humane and good-hearted. In the novel, he was never intending to hurt Pearl. He was after her parents, Hester and Dimmesdale....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- 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

- ... The most prominent relationship was with Margaret Fuller, who wrote the book Woman in the Nineteenth Century (1845) which encouraged women to be independent from the norms of society and to create a future in which they decided for themselves. Hawthorne was also influenced by the historical events like the Seneca Falls meeting in 1848 and the stories of Anne Hutchinson, Mary Batchellor, and the Goodwife, Mendame (Hallenbeck, 2002; Newberry). All of these influences helped develop his character, Hester Prynne, by making her defiant to a society that already had defined her life and set her on a path to be like every other Puritan woman during that time (James, 2000)....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... The reason for this must be that sunlight represents a child’s unadulterated soul and innocence, as shown in a section where Pearl tells Hester, “The sunshine does not love you… I am but a child; it will not flee from me, for I wear nothing on my bosom yet” (Hawthorne 126). Pearl points out that while Hester’s sin has tainted her; Pearl is untouched by any sin, which means the sunlight indicates pure childlike happiness. On the other side of the spectrum, Hawthorne evokes fear and shame when Roger Chillingworth tells Master Dimmesdale where he found the “black, stinking weed” with which he was being treated....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... She refuses to live in the shadows and openly wears the Scarlet A upon her dress with no shame. In the beginning of the novel the townspeople scorn Hester for her sin. However, over the years they come to respect Hester. She provides excellent sewing and embroidery as well aa possessing a servant’s heart to sit with the sick and dying. The narrator states, “such helpfulness were 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....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]

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