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Free Essay on Nathaniel Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter - Impact of Sin - Impact of Sin in The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter is a story of characters that have to live and deal with the effects of sin in different ways. There are many themes to this story, the main one being you can't just ignore your sins and hold them inside of you. Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale committed adultery, but when his mistress, Hester Prynne, became pregnant he remained quiet. Hester was punished for this sin in more than one way. She had to wear a scarlet letter A upon her chest which was nothing compared to the shunning by all of the town and constant sermons directed towards her....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 362 words
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Pearl as a Symbol in The Scarlet Letter - Pearl as a Symbol in The Scarlet Letter In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, Pearl, is a symbol of sin and adultery in the sense that she leads Dimmsdale and Hester to their confession and the acceptance of their sins. A beauitful daughter of the towns adulturist has somtimes demon like traits. She is also the only living symblol of the scarlet letter "A". In another way Pearl also makes a connection between Dimmsdale and Hester. Initially Pearl is the symbol of Hesters public punishment for her adultery....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter] 372 words
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Free College Essays - The Results of Sin in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter -  Inevitable Results of Sin There are many ways to interpret literature.  Nathaniel Hawthorne is considered a very influential writer of the American Transcendentalist era; his writing deals a lot with the Puritan times, including his famous novel, The Scarlet Letter.  The Scarlet Letter deals with the adulterous sin of Hester Prynne and Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, the vengeance of Roger Chillingsworth, and the townspeople's attitude towards Hester and her daughter Pearl.  Sin can be categorized many ways, but most importantly, one should remember that bad things always develop from sin.  The fact that Hester and the minister sinned led to the townspeople looking down...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 429 words
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Hester's Humiliation in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter - Hester's Humiliation in The Scarlet Letter How much punishment and tourture can one withstand, especially when it's mental punishment instead of physical. Hester Prynne committed the sin of adultery which has led her to a life of isolation and ridicule. She is branded and made to wear the scarlet letter A on the chest of her dress for the rest of her life. Her daughter will never get to play with the rest of the children. The scaffold, however, is the biggest burden. She has to stand in front of the crowd and watch them gossip and talk about her before she goes back into the prison....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 502 words
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Free College Essays - Tone, Allusions and Diction in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter - Use of Tone, Allusions and Diction Puritans are well known for their morality in discipline, religious intolerance, and harsh punishments for those defying their beliefs. These Puritan influences had a great impact on early American literature. Nathaniel Hawthorne provides an illustrated look into the Puritans and their community in his classic The Scarlet Letter. Through Hawthorne's use of tone, allusions with Hester and Dimmesdale, and the diction that is used to describe how the village behaves during the multiple scaffold scenes he provides a disapproval for these rigid moralists' extreme way of life....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 509 words
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Free Scarlet Letter Essays: Puritanistic Elements - Puritanistic Elements in The Scarlet Letter   Puritanism was the religion practiced by the people of colonial Boston, the setting for Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.  It is because of the beliefs of the Puritan religion that Hester Prynne, the main character in The Scarlet Letter, is ostracized from the community.  Puritan ideals are often brought up in the book.  Although Hawthorne never outrightly states his position on Puritanism, it seems clear that he does approve of the religion. The story begins with Hester in jail for adultery.  She is presented as a strong woman—she holds her head high and does not try to cover up the letter.  She stands up to her punishment, and neither the spe...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 511 words
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The Scaffold in The Scarlet Letter - The Scaffold in The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is characterized by three major events that occur on the town scaffold. What takes place on this platform will determine the path which the three main characters, Hester Prynne, Mr. Dimmsdale, and their daughter Pearl will follow. The three scenes mark the beginning, middle, and end of their ignominy. The scaffold is a platform where criminals are punished before all the townspeople. In this case, the criminal is Hester Prynne and the crowd has gathered to witness her shame....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 515 words
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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] 519 words
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Hester Prynne as Puritan Victim in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter - Hester Prynne as Puritan Victim   In the first several chapters of The Scarlet Letter we can understand Hester Prynne to be a good but misunderstood soul. Labeled as an adulteress, she is the victim of the Puritan lifestyle. A person with many positive traits, she is treated as a terrible person for one unholy act. Far from the evil woman that some of her neighbors see, Hester is a strong, proud and loyal person who resists the worst influences of her community.  Once Hester has begun to wear the scarlet letter in public and is interrogated, she holds out against the preachers in a great display of strength....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 524 words
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Free Essay on Symbols and Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter - The Symbolic Letter - The Highly Symbolic Scarlet Letter Hyatt Waggoner, a noted Hawthorne scholar, says, "The Scarlet Letter is Hawthorne's most widely read and admired novel and is also the one that has inspired the most inconclusive debate . . ." (Waggoner 118). Much of the trouble in interpreting The Scarlet Letter stems from the fact that the story is highly symbolic. The Scarlet Letter opens with the stark image of the throng of people surrounding the prison door. Hawthorne creates a mood by using the, "sadcolored," garment and, "gray, steeplecrowned hats," to give the reader a feeling a gloom and sadness....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 536 words
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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] 538 words
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Concealed and Confessed Guilt in The Scarlet Letter and Macbeth - Two classical themes in literature are concealed guilt and confessed guilt and in many instances the reader sees the affects of these on individuals. In the examination and exploration of The Scarlet Letter and Macbeth the necessary comparison for both is provided. The guilt in The Scarlet Letter is seen in the minds and outward appearance of each main character, Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale. In Macbeth the readers sees an obvious guilt in the main character, Macbeth. When one does wrong, the common reaction is to hide it and pretend as if nothing happened....   [tags: The scarlet letter, Macbeth] 542 words
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Resolution of Sin in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Resolution of Sin in The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynne is a young, beautiful woman who was sent to Boston by her husband who planned to join her but was persumed lost at sea. She looked to Arthur Dimmesdale for comfort and spiritual guidance. Their solace became passion and resulted in the sin of adultery and the birth of their daughter, Pearl. This sin had a huge impact on them and changed their lives forever. It is what the book The Scarlet Letter is all about and how different the characters dealt with it....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 549 words
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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] 550 words
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Sin in The Scarlet Letter - Sin in The Scarlet Letter Since the dawn of time people have read, studied and enjoyed books in which the hero or heroes fall from grace. No matter who those heroes are- the human race in The Bible,the demon prince Lestat in Anne Rice's "Vampire Chronicles"or a certain Thane of Cawdor in "Macbeth"- sin plays a greatpart in all of their downfalls and subsequent ressurections.And the three main characters in Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter"-Dimmesdale, Chillingsworth, and Hester Prynne- are no different....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 552 words
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Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter: Society’s Entrapment vs. Natural Escape - Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is a story of sin, guilt and salvation, centered in the purely Puritan community of Massachusetts in the seventeenth century. Within this community, we found all the central features of the town, the most symbolic of these is the scaffold; many souls are condemned upon it and are subjected to intense inquiry, where reality becomes a brutal punishment. In contrast to the scaffold is the forest beyond the town, here, there is no judgment and reality is relative to the individual....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter] 553 words
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Free College Essays - Symbols of Her Crime in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter - Two Symbols of Her Crime “It lies not in the pleasure of the magistrates to take off this badge,” calmly replied Hester. “Were I worthy to be quit of it, it would fall away of its own nature, or be transformed into something that should speak a different purport.” (163) Hester Prynne, the central character in the Scarlet Letter, realizes and accepts the consequences of the adulterous act she committed against her husband, Roger Chillingworth, as Hawthorne shows in this quotation....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 556 words
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Free Essay on Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Sins - Analysis of Sins in The Scarlet Letter The story begins with an unfortunate marriage between Hester and Roger Prynne, wich leads to adultery and revenge. The Scarlet Letter, is the title of Nathaniel Hawthorne's book. The book is mainly focused on Hester Prynne, her sin, and the people who got caught in the midst of it. Firstly and most importantly is Hester Prynne. As stated before, she was the main character, and the one who leads others to sin. She committed the sin of adultery, the sin that back in those days was punished with death....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 560 words
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The Evolution of Hester in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter – The Evolution of Hester The novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne was an objective description of the life of Hester Prynne, an adultress. The novel does not go into specific details of the thoughts of the woman except to describe the mien of her character. Throughout the novel she faces humiliation by the other people of Boston, but never loses her sense of pride. Hester Prynne suffers enormousely from the shame of her public disgrace and from the isolation of her punishment; however, she retains her self-respect and survives her punishment with dignity, grace, and ever-growing strength of character....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 562 words
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Free Essay - The Scarlet Letter and the Christian Utopia - The Scarlet Letter and the Christian Utopia Throughout the novel The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne develops the Christian Utopia to present to the reader the ideals and way of life the Puritans faced. The main character, Hester Prynne, commits a crime so unfathomable by the society yet she was able to live her life independent from the norms and values. Judgments of society's moral transgressions have altered since the Puritan era in such a way that we are no longer severely condemned for our principles....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 562 words
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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] 566 words
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Symbols and Symbolism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter      Carl Jung believed that the source of symbols is universal. Symbols arise from the collective unconscious common to all humans everywhere. Joseph Campbell's research supports this theory; he traces universal archetypes through the stories, myths, and artwork of various cultures. While most work done with symbolism has focused on the universality of symbols, Nathaniel Hawthorn focuses on their personal, subjective meanings.   A universal symbol arises from the symbol's relationship to reality; thus, such a symbol remains the same across cultures and with different individuals....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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The Punishment of a Sinner in The Scarlet Letter - The Punishment of a Sinner in The Scarlet Letter Who should punish a sinner. Should it be religion, society, or the individual. In Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter all three affect the main character Hester Prynne. Religion punishes her with the Scarlet Letter, society ostracizes her as punishment, and individually she was able to move on in life but still returned to her haunting past where she died. Religion plays a big part in the Scarlet Letter. Hester Prynne wore the Scarlet Letter to remind her of the mistake ahe made....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 586 words
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The Pillory in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter - The Pillory     The pillory stands tall as "the very ideal of ignominy" amongst the Puritans (52). Its method of discipline involves the convicted criminal standing upon a scaffold, in some cases with their heads confined, for the rest of the population to gaze upon with disdain. It is an outrage against common nature for the culprit to be forbidden to hide his face for shame. By definition, the term "ugly" means morally reprehensible or at fault; consequently, ugly best describes this technique of public humiliation as a sort of punishment....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Free College Essays - Symbolism in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter - Symbolism Nathaniel Hawthorne uses symbolism several times in the book, The Scarlet Letter. Some examples of this are when they talk of the scaffold, the brook, the forest, and the sunshine. The one that I will discuss is the sunshine. Hawthorne uses sunshine in the novel to symbolize purity and hope several times throughout the book. In one scene of the book, Pearl requests that Hester grab some sunshine and give it to her to play with. Hester then replies, "No, my little Pearl....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 603 words
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Hester Pryne of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Hester Pryne of The Scarlet Letter Hester Pryne, after being punished for her sin, lived an important life. In "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester was convicted of adultery. However, after her conviction, she managed to raise a daughter, became an important seamstress in her community, and set an example for her close-knit community. Pearl, the daughter of a convicted sex offender, grew up living a different life from her peers. Growing up with Hester, Pearl never really associated with children from her age group....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 612 words
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Symbols and Symbolism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne uses diction and symbolism to show the negative effects of stifling conformity verses the positive empowerment found in embarrassing one's own truth. He tries to impress upon his readers that an outsider, whether from another physical location, or simply someone who thinks and acts outside that society's definition of acceptable behavior can in fact facilitate positive change within that society. The secret in this novel most likely represents an idea, privacy, or even social censure....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 616 words
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Punishment and Death in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter - Punishment and Death      Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter deals with many themes, among those including punishment and death. Utilizing the theme of punishment, the central character, Hester Prynne, was forced to wear an embroidered scarlet letter on "her bosom" for the rest of her life as a sign of her sin of adultery. This object; however, has the opposite affect as a punishment and as people of the community begin to forget the original significance of the letter it comes to bear a new meaning, able....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 619 words
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Effective Punishment in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Effective Punishment in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Hawthorne, Author of The Scarlet Letter, criticizes that the style of punishment used by the Puritan Religion was radical, inhumane, and cold. He argues that the outcome of their punishments' was damaging to the characters and their personality. However, this accusation is false. The punishments although seemingly inhumane, caused positive outcomes for all three characters Hester Prynne, Pearl Prynne, and Arthur Dimmesdale. Hester Prynne is accused of adultery in a Massachusetts puritan colony in the 1600's....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Secrets in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s "The Scarlet Letter" - Secrets can destroy even the most respected people. Sometimes is not the secret itself that drives people into exhaustion, but the emotional baggage that comes with it. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Reverend Dimmesdale physically deteriorates because of his guilt caused by a dishonorable sin. The Puritan society in which the story is set discourages the idea of the private self, which Hawthorne shows by creating distinctions between the characters’ private and public lives, specifically Dimmesdale’s....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Scarlet Letter, secrets, ] 619 words
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Symbols and Symbolism - The Letter A in The Scarlet Letter - Symbolism of the Scarlet Letter           Authors sometimes use symbols in their novels to represent different objects, people or ideas.  One example is the S on Superman's uniform, which symbolizes him being supper.  In "The Scarlet Letter" Nathaniel Hawthorne creates the symbolism of the letter "A" to have different meanings.  As the novel unfolds, the meanings of the letter "A" on Hester Prynne's bosom changes, from adultery to able to angel.           In the beginning of the novel, Hawthorne describes the letter "A" that lies on Hester's bosom as a symbol of adultery.  Hester is made to wear the letter "A" once the town's people see, that she committed adultery...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 621 words
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Consequences in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Consequences in The Scarlet Letter There are two sides of consequences for almost everything that happens in life, directly or indirectly. In life, we could learn mostly from the consequences, rather than from the punishments of our actions. If the consequences are good, we know that the action should be repeated, sometimes. If bad consequences outweigh the good, we know repeating would not be wise. Hester Prynne of Nataniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, learns from punishment and the consequences of adultery, but from which does she learn more from....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 627 words
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Character of Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter - The Character of Arthur Dimmesdale in The Scarlet Letter In The Scarlet Letter, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale is considered a very honorable person by almost everyone in the Puritan town. Practically no one would believe that he would have the ability to do any evil, much less the sin of adultery. On the contrary, Dimmesdale feels that he is a terrible person for committing this sin and not admitting it to the townspeople. This fact affects him greatly yet unexpectedly increases his popularity by inspiring him to come about with more intensifying sermons....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 627 words
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The Moral Judges of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Moral Judges of The Scarlet Letter If human beings are evil, then they can easily appoint themselves as judges, and from their point of view, the decisions they make are moral. These judges try to make themselves look better, by lowering the criminal below their level. These moral judges also try to play God, by selecting, and if they have enough power, executing their decision as a punishment for the crime committed. It is as clear as glass, that these decisions that come from evil beings will also be immoral, and evil....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 628 words
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A Passionate Heart in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter - A Passionate Heart       One of the many literary talents of Nathaniel Hawthorne in the Scarlet Letter is his ability to make a clear contrast between Hester Prynne and the Puritan=s doctrines.  As a strict religious community, the Puritans condemned her for her shameful sin of adultery.  The words Hawthorne uses to describe Hester and the letter show that her attitude toward the scarlet letter contradicted what the Puritans intended as a merciful punishment.  The scarlet letter clearly emphasizes the burning passion Hester holds within her heart....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Free College Essays - Hester as Role Model in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter – Hester as Community Role Model “Woman, it is thy badge of shame!" (107). Governor Bellingham was describing the scarlet letter to Hester while they were discussing if the punishments that Hester had to go through were adequate enough for the crime. Hester was living in the outskirts of the city in a small abandoned cottage for several years with the only thing that had any monetary value in her life, her child and the product of committing adultery, Pearl. She and her little Pearl were shunned from the community for her acts....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 637 words
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Free College Essays - Response Essay to Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Response to The Scarlet Letter "Confess thy truth and thou shall have eternal rest." I belive that is the moral to be taught in this novel of inspirational love, yet a novel of much sorrow. The impossible became possible in The Scarlet Letter, a story set back in the Puritan Times. In this response, I will give my reactions in writing to different aspects of the novel;the characchters, my likes and dislikes, my questions, and my opinion of the harsh Puritain lifestyle. Hester Prynne, the Reverend Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth each suffered guilt in their own way in the novel The Scarlet Letter....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 643 words
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Moral and Social Themes in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter:  Moral and Social Themes                In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, there are many moral and social themes develped throughout the novel.  Each theme is very important to the overall effect of the novel.  In essence, The Scarlet Letter is a story of sin, punishment and the importance of truth. One theme which plays a big role in The Scarlet Letter is that of sin and its effects.  Throughout the novel there were many sins committed by various characters.  The effects of these sins are different in each character and every character was punished in a unique way.  Two characters were perfect examples of this theme in the novel.  Hester Prynne and The Rev...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 648 words
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Essay on the Symbol of Pearl in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Symbol of Pearl in The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter is a book of much symbolism. One of the most complex and misunderstood symbols in the book is Pearl, the daughter of Hester Prynne. Pearl symbolizes a real and constant reminder of Hester’s sins, she is much more prominent and evident than the “A” that Hester wore, for she is a real living breathing person who will always remain a part Hester. Hawthorne places Pearl in the novel to explore the theme of Romanticism, to create a character who is passionate and true, one who questions the behavior and values of Hester and Dimmesdale....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 650 words
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Free Essay - The Poser of Guilt in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Poser of Guilt in The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a book that goes far into the lives of the main characters. After establishing the main characters--Hester, Pearl, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth--he shows how each decision they made affects all the others. Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth all felt guilty at one point in the novel. Hester had "dark and abundant hair, so glossy that it threw off the sunshine with a gleam, and a face which, besides being beautiful from regularity of feature and richness of complexion, had the impressiveness belonging to a marked brow and deep black eyes" (50)....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 651 words
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Nature vs. Society in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is unquestionably a great piece of American literature. It can be analyzed and interpreted in many different ways because of the plot’s intensity and characters’ diversity. Two aspects that stand out above the others in Hawthorne’s work are nature and society. With the use of Hester Prynne and her daughter Pearl Hawthorn successfully proves that a relationship with nature, which embodies purity and freedom, can draw one’s mind away from the corruption and enslavement of a cruel society....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter] 654 words
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Isolation in The Scarlet Letter - Isolation in The Scarlet Letter           In the New Testament it states that "the wages of sin is death." Though the penalty of sin in The Scarlet Letter is not a termination of life, the evil of isolation can be a physically, morally, and socially tortuous event in Puritan society. Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale, in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, are both victims of the cruel isolation from Puritan society on the basis of their sins. Hester wears her sin upon her breast where it stands as a constant reminder of her malfeasance....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 656 words
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The Power of Light in The Scarlet Letter - The Power of Light in The Scarlet Letter             Since the conception of humanity, man has been fascinated with that presence which illuminates, yet cannot be touched.  Mankind has brought it into his religions, giving it a great deal of importance in his creed.  Following in the footsteps of his ancestors, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses light as a tool of God that illuminates the darkness of human iniquity and exposes its permanence.  He studies the psychological theme of the impossibility of eradicating sin from the human heart in his novel The Scarlet Letter.  The use of light in order to fortify this psychological theme confirms its significance in the novel.  As...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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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] 669 words
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Essay on the Mysterious Pearl in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Mysterious Pearl in The Scarlet Letter A few moments before Reverend Dimmsdale professes his sin to the crowd of onlookers, Hester's hopes of escape are dashed by the knowledge that Roger Chillingworth also booked a passage on the departing ship‹a ship that she prayed would give her and her beloved freedom from the curse of the Scarlet Letter. Little Pearl, however, relays the message to her mother that her trip has been spoilt by the addition of the evil Chillingworth. A well-meaning sailor tells Pearl, "So let thy mother take no thought, save for herself and thee....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 669 words
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Pearl as a Symbol in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Pearl as a Symbol in The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a book of much symbolism. One of the most complex and misunderstood symbols in this novel is Pearl, the daughter of Hester Prynne. The novel opens with a scene in which we learn about the sin Hester has committed, adultery. Hester has a baby and she refuses to turn in her baby's father, Arthur Dimmesdale. Because this sin is considered to be one of the worst in the Puritan society, Hester is forced to wear a scarlet "A" which stands for adultery....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Symbols and Symbolism - Pearl as Living Symbol in The Scarlet Letter - Pearl as Living Symbol in The Scarlet Letter       Pearl.  A child born of sin.  Conceived by lust.  Created by impurity.           As the result of her parents fall from grace, she represents the sinfulness of their act, and is a continual tool for the recollection of their dubious deed.  Sent, was she, from the Almighty God as a gift, and a burden of the heart.           "'God gave me the child?' cried she.  'He gave her in requital of all things else, which ye had taken from me.  She is my happiness!- she is my torture, none the less!  See ye not, she is the scarlet letter, only capable of being loved, and so endowed with a million fold the power of retributio...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Hester's Isolation and Alienation in The Scarlet Letter - Hester's Isolation and Alienation in The Scarlet Letter In Nathaniel Hawthorn's The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne and Reverend Dimmsdale have committed adultery, an unacceptable sin during the Puritan times. As a result of their sin, a child is born, whom the mother names Pearl. Out of her own free will Hester has to face major punishments. She has to serve many months in prison, stand on the scaffold for three hours under public scrutiny, and attach a scarlet letter, "A" on her chest every day as long as she remained in the town of Boston....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 732 words
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Pearl in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Pearl in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Hester's daughter, Pearl, functions primarily as a symbol. She is quite young during most of the events of this novel—when Dimmesdale dies she is only seven years old—and her real importance lies in her ability to provoke the adult characters in the book. She asks them pointed questions and draws their attention, and the reader's, to the denied or overlooked truths of the adult world. In general, children in The Scarlet Letter are portrayed as more perceptive and more honest than adults, and Pearl is the most perceptive of them all....   [tags: Scarlet Letter Hawthorne Essays Pearl] 756 words
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Essay on The Consequences of Sin in The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter: The Consequences of Sin It can be concluded that the consequences of sin is the theme of Nathaniel Hawthorne's, The Scarlet Letter. Hawthorne explored this theme by four distinctive levels of sin. Although each level was equally displayed throughout the novel, the communal sin of man's inhumanity to man outranked all else. The primary characters are each guilty of one or more of the following levels of sin; the sin of vengeance, the sin of hypocrisy, and the sin of adultery....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 848 words
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