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The Nature of the Heart in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Nature of the Heart in The Scarlet Letter          Sacrificing of the soul and dedication can lead to suffering for some, but meaning in life for others. This is the main theme of The Scarlet Letter,by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The story takes place in the seventeenth century in Puritan New England. The main character of the legend is Hester Prynne, who has an affair with Arthur Dimmesdale, the minister, and they produce Pearl. Hester's husband, Roger Chillingworth is the town physician. He is seen as the healer, collecting magical herbs to make medicine....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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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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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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Sinfulness of the Puritans in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Sinfulness of the Puritans in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne brings to The Scarlet Letter a notion of sin and guilt that seems to stem from his experience and knowledge of Puritan theology and religious practice. In "The Custom House" Hawthorne communicates his apprehension for the persecutory impulses of his ancestors who "have mingled their earthly substance with the soil, until no small portion of it must necessarily be akin to the moral frame wherewith, for a little while, I walk the streets" (1309)....   [tags: Scarlet Letter Essays]
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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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Essay on the Use of Chiaroscuro in The Scarlet Letter - Use of Chiaroscuro in The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne the author of The Scarlet Letter uses the literary device of chiaroscuro to effectively develop his characters. Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1804 to a prominent family. His father passed away on a voyage when he was four years old. His relatives recognized his talent, and they helped pay his way to Bowdoin College. Hawthorne and his classmates became the most prominent people in America at that time. He had many strong ties with important people from attending Bowdoin, such as: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Franklin Pierce....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 748 words
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Symbolism of the Rose Bush in The Scarlet Letter - Symbolism of the Rose Bush in The Scarlet Letter           "On the breast of her gown, in fine red cloth surrounded with an elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold thread, appeared the letter 'A'" (51). That one simple letter set into the bodice of a young woman named Hester Prynne, tells a story of heartache, pride, strength and triumph in the book elegantly written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter (1850). Hawthorne's novel provides many types of symbolism. One of such is the symbolism of a red rose bush growing outside the gates of the town prison....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Individual or Social Standards in The Scarlet Letter - To make a decision, one weighs the benefits and the downfalls, and concludes by judging the factors of each alternative. One's choice of whether to conform to society's demands or submit to personal impulses is difficult, especially under strenuous circumstances. Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is a profound romance in which the characters must make such a decision. A reconciliation of the two forces is not seemingly feasible. Reliance of self consumes Hester Prynne, while denial of self engrosses her partner in the crime of adultery, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter Essays] 794 words
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Imagery and Irony in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Imagery and Irony in The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author of The Scarlet Letter, uses a variety of literary techniques in order to produce energy and invoke the interest of the reader. He creates the mood and the climax of the novel by using the techniques of imagery and irony. Yet, it is his use of symbolism that truly carries the novel. An abundance of symbolism appears in many different forms, adding interest to the novel. For instance, Hawthorne uses his characters, such as Pearl, as symbols; “It was the scarlet letter in another form, the scarlet letter endowed with life.” (Ch....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 906 words
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The Double Life Exposed in The Scarlet Letter - The Double Life Exposed in The Scarlet Letter   Irish novelist Brian Moore observed, "There comes a point in many people's lives when they can no longer play the role they have chosen for themselves".  From Hollywood movie stars to professional athletes, people have and will continue to lead false lives, under the public spotlight, concealing their personal travails.  In literature, the preceding statement has held true numerous times, in works such as Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter.  Minister and respected citizen, Arthur Dimmesdale, was perceived as an upstanding member of the community who preached the word of the heavenly Father....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Hester vs. the Community in The Scarlet Letter - Hester vs. the Community in The Scarlet Letter          Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter seems to be created around Hawthorne's obsession with the forbidding quality of the scarlet "A", the symbol from which the novel takes its title. Rrom the rose-bush which Hawthorne selects a flower from as an offering to the reader(1) to the "elfish" child Pearl, every aspect of the story is drenched in this letter's scarlet hue. Perhaps this repetition reflects Hawthorne's own repressed desires, as some critics suggest(2)....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Hester - Predator or Prey in The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter: Hester - Predator or Prey. The Scarlet Letter had a controversial plot when it was published in 1850. The main character, Hester Prynne, and her scarlet "A" have been a symbol of adultery for over one hundred years. It is hard to determine whether Hester should be considered a predator or the prey throughout this novel. Individual upbringing and teachings could create a predetermined opinion of Hester and the sin of adultery. Hester's beauty was breathtaking. Her dark hair and brown eyes were alluring....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 957 words
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The Power of Secret Sin in The Scarlet Letter - The Power of Secret Sin in The Scarlet Letter   One of the main themes in The Scarlet Letter is that of the secret.  The plot of the book is centered on Hester Prynne’s secret sin of adultery.  Nathaniel Hawthorne draws striking parallelism between secrets held and the physical and mental states of those who hold them.  The Scarlet Letter demonstrates that a secret or feeling kept within slowly engulfs and destroys the soul such as Dimmesdale’s sin of hypocrisy and Chillingworth’s sin of vengeance, while a secret made public, such as Prynne’s adultery, can allow a soul to recover and even strengthen....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 1518 words
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Change in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Change in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter In life, one may see that there are not many guarantees. However, the closest one may come to a guarantee is that almost anything in life can change. I believe that change can come in many forms....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne Scarlet Letter] 1566 words
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Guilt in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Guilt in The Scarlet Letter What is guilt. We all have guilt about something. Maybe forgetting something, lied about something, or even did something that shouldn't of been done. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne we saw guilt fester in the minds and outward appearance of the main characters, Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth. When you hear the word guilt what do you think it means. Guilt means remorseful awareness of having done something wrong or of having failed to do something required or expected....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 769 words
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Hawthorne's Hierarchy of Sin in The Scarlet Letter - Hawthorne's Hierarchy of Sin in The Scarlet Letter        Throughout the novel The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne focuses on the struggle of Hester Prynne, a woman who is forced to deal with the strict Puritan punishment for the adulterous birth of her child, Pearl.  Yet, the very Puritan values that bring Hester public ignominy help to lift her to a position of respect in the community.  Although Hawthorne does not condone Hester's sin, he takes pains to show that her sin is minimal in comparison to those of her weak lover, Arthur Dimmesdale, and of her vengeful husband, Roger Chillingworth....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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The Themes of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Themes of The Scarlet Letter        The Scarlet Letter is a romantic novel, mainly because it is a long, fictitious tale of heroes and extraordinary events.  Unfolding over a seven year period, we are treated to the heroism of Hester Prynne and her adulterous beloved, the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale and the mysterious actions and behavior of their love child, Pearl, and the witch, Mistress Hibbins.  The story is set against the background of Puritan, New England, a stern, authoritarian, colony founded by a group of religious reformers.  Before the novel begins, Hester is guilty of an affair which produced Pearl while her husband was abroad.  Her husband, Roger Chillingworth, comes to A...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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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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Pillars of Metaphorical Ambiguity in The Scarlet Letter - Pillars of Metaphorical Ambiguity in The Scarlet Letter Among the multiplicity of arcane elements hidden beneath the words in Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter", none is so apparent, yet strikingly subtle to the reader's perception and consumption of characterization than the allegorical play on words within the names of the characters.  Both the protagonist and her rival within the plot are blessed with conveniently appropriate, fitting names.  The four pillars supporting this novel are all cloaked with foreshadowing names, which silently clue the reader into what traits and significance the character holds as the story unfolds.  These pillars that solidify the novel are Hester Prynne, Rog...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Changes of Character in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter: Changes of Character The Scarlet Letter involves many characters that go through several changes during the course of the story. In particular, the young minister Dimmesdale, who commits adultery with Hester, greatly changes. He is the moral blossom of the book, the character that makes the most progress for the better. It is true that Dimmesdale, being a minister, should be the role model of the townspeople. He is the last person who should commit such an awful crime and lie about it, but in the end, he confesses to the town....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 710 words
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Two Faces in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter:  Two Faces               "No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude without finally becoming bewildered as to which may be true”. In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, this quote applies to the two main characters of the novel. It applies to Arthur Dimmesdale in a literal way; he clearly is not the man that he appears to be, and the guilt that goes along with such deception consumes his entire life. The quote also applies to Hester Prynne, but in quite a different way because it was not her choice to wear the “face” that she was forced to wear.  The mark of the scarlet letter on her bosom determined how other...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Forgiveness in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Forgiveness in The Scarlet Letter "Time heals all wounds." is a famous line in American history. I don't think that this is true. My line would be, "Forgiveness heals all wounds." I think that Forgiveness in a very important part of life. Without it, people can not move on with their lives. Let's take for instance a murderer and the family of the person he killed. The murderer may be sentenced to death. The family of the person who was killed could go in and watch the man that killed their family member be put to death....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 894 words
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Hester's Psychological Alienation in The Scarlet Letter - Hester's Psychological Alienation in The Scarlet Letter     Throughout his book The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne is preoccupied with the relationship between the individual and society. Hester's sin and subsequent condemnation alienate her. No where is this alienation more apparent than in Chapter 5, "Hester at her Needle". Condemned by her sin of passion, Hester is  separated from her community, not only physically, as she lives on the edge of the town, but also socially. In this chapter, Hawthorne presents the most profoundly destructive aspect of her estrangement in her psychological condition.  Hester, deemed a social pariah, is left alone in the world, with...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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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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Sin in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter -      Nathaniel Hawthorne's bold novel, The Scarlet Letter, revolves around sin and punishment.  The main characters of the novel sharply contrast each other in the way they react to the sin that has been committed             Dimmesdale's instantaneous response to the sin is to lie.  He stands before Hester and the rest of the town and proceeds to give a moving speech about how it would be in her and the father's best interest for her to reveal the father's name (67).  Though he never actually says that he is not the other parent, he implies it by talking of the father in third person (67).  Such as, "If thou feelest it to be for thy soul's peace, and that thy earthly punishment will the...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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The Scaffold Scenes in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - “Hester Prynne passed through this portion of her ordeal, and came to a sort of scaffold (51),” Hawthorne tells in the opening seen of the novel, The Scarlet Letter. The scaffold is a place for punishment. “This scaffold constituted a portion of a penal machine, which now, for two or three generations past, has been merely historical and traditionary among us, but was held, in the old time, to be as effectual an agent in the promotion of good citizenship, as ever was the guillotine,” Hawthorne states in explaining the scaffolds use....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 1100 words
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The Importance of Being Open To All Possibilities of Life, Depicted in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and Emerson's Nature - Individuals are products of society and, yet, society can also be a product of individuals. In either relationship, the individual and society affect each other. In “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester becomes an individual through being open to being positively guided by her own values and morals even if those values and morals are not prescribed by society. Similarly, in “Nature” by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson discusses how the individual has the capability to, if the individual is open, be positively inspired and changed by the natural world....   [tags: The scarlet letter, nature] 2270 words
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Free Scarlet Letter Essay: Secrets - The Secrets of The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is considered by many to be the greatest accomplishment of an author hailed as the master of the American short story. It is set in Salem, Massachusetts. In this strictly controlled Puritan town the inhabitants live by harsh laws and fierce prejudices. Hester Prynne, a young wife whose husband is presumed dead, is being publicly humiliated for the sin of adultery. The proof of her sin is her baby girl Pearl. She conceals the identity of Pearl's father to protect him from the harsh judgement of Puritan law....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 1181 words
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Reading Log for The Scarlet Letter - Reading Log for The Scarlet Letter 1. Chapter one thoroughly describes the Jailhouse and the surrounding landscape. Tells of the huge wooden edifices whose threshold is timbered and iron barred. Gives the description of the peoples clothing who were congregating outside of the prison. It also describes the necessity of a new colony first building a prison and graveyard. In the last paragraph it tells of a rose bush outside of the oaken doors. The author describes the awkwardness of having such a beautiful plant surrounded by weeds and shrubs....   [tags: Scarlet Letter Literature Reading Logs Essays] 5004 words
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Main Themes of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and The Minister's Black Veil - Main Themes of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and The Minister's Black Veil Nathaniel Hawthorne’s works often have parallel themes and similar characters. His approach is quite gloomy and the atmosphere for his stories is many times sad and depressing. Hawthorne concentrates his novel and short stories around the Puritan community, which adds to the tense and unforgiving atmosphere. One of his most renowned novels, The Scarlet Letter and his short story, The Minister’s Black Veil contain many of his typical elements and are many times referred synonymously....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Scarlet Letter, Black Veil] 776 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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Mr. Dimmesdale's Feelings of Guilt and Shame in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s "The Scarlet Letter" - Guilt, shame, and penitence are just a few of the emotions that are often associated with a great act of sin. Mr. Arthur Dimmesdale, a highly respected minister of a 17th century Puritan community, is true example of this as he was somehow affected by all of these emotions after committing adultery. Due to the seven years of torturous internal struggle that finally resulted in his untimely death, Mr. Dimmesdale is the character who suffered the most throughout Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Scarlet Letter, guilt, charac] 901 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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Relation between Pearl and Nature in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Relation between Pearl and Nature in The Scarlet Letter       In Nathaniel Hawthorne's work, The Scarlet Letter, nature plays a very symbolic role. Throughout the book, nature is incorporated into the story line. One example of this is with the character of Pearl. Pearl is very different than all the other characters due to her special relationship with Nature. Hawthorne personifies Nature as sympathetic towards sins against the puritan way of life. Hester's sin causes Nature to accept Pearl....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter]
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Scarlet Letter Diary Entries - Scarlet Letter Diary Entries Entry 1 I have arrived at my new home. The boat trip was very rough, even to the extent of making me lose track of time. That unclean, floating mass of death was merciful enough to let me be. Too many children have suffered and died on the way to America. I miss Roger a little bit, and hope he comes soon. I'm very lonely and I don't know what I'll do to keep myself busy. Roger was nice enough to give me money to live off of until he comes to be with me. There are a lot of handsome men around here....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter Diary Hester Prynne Essays] 795 words
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The Effective Use of Symbols in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Effective Use of Symbols in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Webster defined "symbol" with these words: "Something concrete that represents or suggests another thing that cannot in itself be pictured." This concept has been particularly applied to literature and used by writers throughout history. Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter uses multitudes of symbols in such a manner. One of the most prominent, and most complicated, of such symbols is the scarlet letter "A". The scarlet letter "A" is a symbol of a daughter's connection to her mother, isolation, and the devil and its associations....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Theme of Forgiveness in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Theme of Forgiveness in The Scarlet Letter "The public is despotic in its temper; it is capable of denying common justice when too strenuously demanded as a right; but quite as frequently it awards more than justice when the appeal is made, as despots love to have it made entirely to it's generosity." The Scarlet Letter (156) One of themes that Hawthorne conveys in The Scarlet Letter is that society is more willing to forgive people who ask for forgiveness with humility and generosity than those who demanded it as a right....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 1260 words
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The Powerful Character of Pearl in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Powerful Character of Pearl in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter       One of the most significant writers of the romantic period in American literature was Nathaniel Hawthorne.  Hawthorne wrote stories that opposed the ideas of Transcendentalism. Since he had ancestors of Puritan belief, Hawthorne wrote many stories about Puritan New England.  His most famous story is the Scarlet Letter.  This novel tells of the punishment of a woman, Hester Prynne, who committed adultery and gave birth to Pearl.  A minister of Boston, Arthur Dimmesdale, had an affair with Hester while believing that her husband, Roger Chillingworth, had died.   However, Chillingworth did not die a...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Symbols and Symbolism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Symbolism  in The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne isn't noted for perfecting any famous literary style, for writing multiple best sellers, or even for contributing largely to classic American literature.  His only real claim to fame is The Scarlet Letter: a novel that was originally only meant to be yet another Hawthorne short story.  Because of this, it actually possesses many short story characteristics.  "It is simpler and more complete than his other novels." (James 285)  It also has an excellent plot backed by an expert use of literary techniques.  One technique Hawthorne used was borrowed solely from drama: the use of the aside.  Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale delivers an aside in the...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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The Use of Symbols in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Use of Symbols in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Throughout the novel, The Scarlet Letter, the author, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses a few key symbols to represent major themes in the book. The most obvious and well known, as it is in the title, is the scarlet letter Hester is forced to wear. Three other symbols are the scaffold, the sun, and the forest. To begin with, the most important and influential symbol in the entire book is the infamous scarlet letter, hence the title, The Scarlet Letter....   [tags: Scarlet Letter Essays] 1255 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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Power of Symbols and Symbolism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Power of the Symbol in The Scarlet Letter All classic literature uses symbolism in one way or another. Nathaniel Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter is no different. The very basis of every character, their personal appearance and way they act revolves around one thing, the Scarlet Letter. The scarlet letter is an "A", in crimson fabric, worn by a Puritan woman for her act of adultery. Its very existence is solely to cause shame and remorse on Hester Prynne and her daughter Pearl, who was conceived in her lust, but it comes to stand for so much more....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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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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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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Symbols and Symbolism in Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter - The Symbol of Pearl - The Symbol of Pearl In Nathaniel Hawthorne's, The Scarlet Letter, Pearl, is the human symbol of the sin of adultery in the fact that she leads her mother, Hester Prynne, and Arthur Dimmesdale to accept and admit to their sin. Pearl is the beautiful daughter of Hester and Dimmesdale. She is the living symbol of the scarlet letter and has unique traits that make her sometimes appear as a demon. Her love for nature and freedom, her spirit, her wildness, her loneliness and separation from the world, her curiosity, and her innocent but symbolic comments reveal her distinct personality....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 1035 words
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Use of Symbols and Symbolism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Use of Symbols in The Scarlet Letter       In many stories, symbols included by the author add deeper meaning.  Nathaniel Hawthorne is one author who mastered the skill of using symbols effectively.  The Scarlet Letter is regarded as a "symbolic masterpiece" due to Hawthorne's exceptional use of the scarlet letter, the setting, and Pearl as symbols.   One of the main symbols of the novel is the basis for the title of the novel itself.  Hester Prynne's scarlet letter is attached to her dress, and appears "in fine red cloth surrounded with an elaborate embroidery with fantastic flourishes of gold thread" (Hawthorne 60).  The letter is said to have "the effect of a spell, taking h...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Lessons Learned from Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Lessons Learned from The Scarlet Letter       The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is considered by many to be a classic novel. In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne provides his audience with a real sense of the consequences of unconfessed sin, isolation from society, and the presence of evil everywhere. Through his portrayal of the main characters, his choice of setting, and his implied moral lessons, he teaches lessons that must be learned for humans to continue living in harmony with one another....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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The Sin of Hypocrisy in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Sin of Hypocrisy in The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is about the trials and tribulations of Hester Prynne, a woman living in colonial Boston.  Found guilty of adultery,  Hester's punishment is to wear a visible symbol of her sin: the scarlet letter "A."  Through the book, the reader comes to know Hester, the adulteress; Dimmesdale, the holy man Hester had the affair with; and Chillingworth, the estranged husband of Hester who is out for revenge.  The Scarlet Letter examines the interaction of these characters and the reaction of these characters to Hester's sin.  However, the greater sin that Hawthorne deals with in The Scarlet Letter is hypo...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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The Unchanged Character of Hester in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Unchanged Character of Hester in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter In the course of most stories, at least one of the main characters changes in one way or another. In The Scarlet Letter, one of the main characters we see a change in is Hester. Through the course of the novel, it appears that Hester changes from an arrogant, unremorseful woman to a much kinder and helpful, repentant woman. Although it appears that Hester has learned a lesson from her sin and consequential punishment, has she really changed her sinful ways....   [tags: Scarlet Letter Essays] 969 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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Symbols and Symbolism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the theme revolves around a sin that has been committed. It takes places in the seventeenth century in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Hester Prynne, who had an affair with the local Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, commits the sin. Roger Chillingworth is Hester's husband while the affair is taking place. Because of the affair, Hester and Arthur have a daughter named Pearl. The sin that Hester commits is adultery. Hawthorne uses a variety of symbols throughout The Scarlet Letter, and he symbolizes the scarlet letter "A" in several ways....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 717 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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Characterization through Imagery and Metaphor in The Scarlet Letter - Characterization through Imagery and Metaphor in The Scarlet Letter         Throughout his novel, The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne reveals character through the use of imagery and metaphor.   In the first Chapter of The Scarlet Letter, "The Prison-Door", the reader is immediately introduced to the people of Puritan Boston. Hawthorne begins to develop the character of the common people in order to build the mood of the story. The first sentence begins, "A throng of bearded men, in sad-colored garments and gray, steeple-crowned hats, intermixed with women, some wearing hoods, and others bareheaded, was assembled in front of a wooden edifice, the door of which was heavily timbered with oak, a...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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The Scarlet Letter - Impact of Sin on Dimmmesdale, Chillingworth and Hester - The Scarlet Letter - Impact of Sin on Dimmmesdale, Chillingworth and Hester    Charles Haddon Spurgeon, a seventeenth century Baptist preacher, commented that, "Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of." An individual either faces their actions or runs from them, and Gothic Romance authors often write about the evil that emerges in people when they conceal their sins. Throughout the novel The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne demonstrates this idea through the actions of his three main characters, Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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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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Greatest Sinner in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Greatest Sinner in The Scarlet Letter         Mankind is prone to some degree of sin. A question that has always plagued mankind is how one can achieve redemption from sin. Any sin becomes compounded when the perpetrator does not take responsibility for it. In the book The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, perhaps the greatest sinner was Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale.   Many of Hawthorne's works center around what is right or wrong, and the consequences of breaking the basic links between humans by committing acts of sin (Brown)....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Symbols and Symbolism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Symbols in The Scarlet Letter      In nearly every work of literature, readers can find symbols that represent feelings, thoughts or ideas within the text.  Such symbols can be found in The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne.  Hawthorne's book about an affair between a woman named Hester and a minister named Arthur Dimmmesdale is full of feelings of sin, guilt, hate, secrecy, and honesty.  There are many symbols within the novel that can be interpreted to represent the key topics of the book.  Each of these symbols is an important part of the story, and connects to the situations that occur around them.  The main ideas of the novel are represented by recurring symbols in the...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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The Blameless Pearl in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter - The Suffering of the Blameless Pearl    The Puritan life is based purely on sin. The Puritans believe that all people are sinners and are thus despised and hated by God. Sinners are subject to the worst punishments and suffer the worst torment. In Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel, The Scarlet Letter, several characters serve as models of sinners in agony from their error. Both Arthur Dimmesdale and Hester Prynne bear the punishment of their adultery, which evidenced itself in their daughter Pearl....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Free Essay on Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Message - The Message of The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne, a critically acclaimed American writer of the 19th century, was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1804. The novelist's book, The Scarlet Letter, is supposedly his best work, and universally considered a literary classic. Concerned with sin and consequences of dealing with it, Hawthorne's work relates to his own personal sense of shame about his ancestor's persecuting roles in the 17th century Salem Witch Trials. By indirectly dealing with his sense of guilt through fictional circumstances, he shows his viewpoint as being highly critical of the Puritans while teaching a strong moral lesson in the process....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 681 words
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Dealing With Guilt in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Dealing With Guilt in The Scarlet Letter Throughout The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne attempted to expose the varying ways in which different people deal with lingering guilt from sins they have perpetrated. The contrasting characters of Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale ideally exemplified the differences in thought and behavior people have for guilt. Although they were both guilty of committing the same crime, these two individuals differed in that one punished themselves with physical and mental torture and the other chose to continue on with their life, devoting it to those less fortunate than they....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 680 words
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Puritan Hypocrisy Exposed in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Puritan Hypocrisy Exposed in The Scarlet Letter    Throughout The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne repeatedly portrays the Puritanical views of sin and evil.  The Puritans are constantly displayed as believing that evil comes from an unyielding bond being formed between love and hate.  For such reasons they looked towards Hester's commitment of adultery as an action of pure, condemned evil.  However, through the use of light and dark imagery, Hawthorne displays who truly holds evil in their hearts.  The one who is the embodiment of evil creates hypocrisy of Puritanical views towards sin and evil.  Hawthorne displays that those who expose sin to the public and the daylight are the most p...   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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The Role of an Angry God in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Role of an Angry God in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter was a novel that was written in the early 1850s by a renowned author, Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1850. Some people say that Hawthorne intended the book to portray God as a benevolent, forgiving, and loving god. Others, such as myself, believe that he had a different idea of who God was; The Scarlet Letter was written in a way that would portray God as an angry, vengeful, being that was slow to forgive. God put seven years of suffering upon Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, for a sin whom he committed with Hester Prynne....   [tags: Scarlet Letter Essays] 1068 words
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Biblical and Classical Interpretations of the Witches of The Scarlet Letter - Biblical and Classical Interpretations of the Witches of The Scarlet Letter          The theme of witchcraft is woven into the fabric of The Scarlet Letter. The introductory "Custom-House" chapter includes an appeal by the author to remove any witches' curses on his family. Once he takes us back to the Boston of the 1640's, he frequently hints about the cohorts of the "Black Man" who meet in the woods beyond the town. But if the reader understands the classical meaning of the word witchcraft such as used in the Bible and other classical works, then we understand that Hawthorne had something more in mind than the sad cultists like Mistress Hibbins....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Chillingworth is the Greatest Sinner in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Chillingworth is the Greatest Sinner in The Scarlet Letter The world of Puritan New England, like the world of today, was filled with many evil influences. Many people were able to withstand temptation, but some fell victim to the dark side. Such offences against God, in thought, word, deed, desire or neglect, are what we define as sin (Gerber 14).   In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, the reader is able to observe how one sin devastates three lives. Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth are all guilty of succumbing to temptation, anger, and desire, causing all to fit the definition of a sinner....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 935 words
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Liberation from Sin through Pearl in The Scarlet Letter - Liberation from Sin through Pearl in The Scarlet Letter            'This child ... hath come from the hand of God, to work in many ways upon her heart ... It was meant for a blessing, for the one blessing of her life. It was meant, doubtless ... for a retribution too; a torture to be felt at many an unthought-of moment; a pang, as sting, an ever-recurring agony, in the midst of a troubled joy!" (Hawthorne 105) This, as Arthur Dimmesdale almost prophetically expresses in the early scenes of Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, was the role of Pearl, the elfish child borne of his and Hester Prynne's guilty passion....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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The Righteous Hester Prynne of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Strong and Righteous Hester of The Scarlet Letter     "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us," stated Oliver Wendell Holmes. This eventually proves to be especially true for Hester Prynne, the main character in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. Hester Prynne, a fair young maiden whose husband had disappeared two years prior to the opening of the novel, has an affair with the pastor of her Puritan church, resulting in the birth of her child Pearl....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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The Implicat of Sin in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Implicat of Sin in The Scarlet Letter Sin is the transgression of a moral code designated by either society or the transgressor. The Puritans of Boston in the novel, The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, establish a rigid moral code by which to purge their society of deviants. As this society is inherently theocratic, the beliefs and restrictions established by religion are not only incorporated into law but constitute all law. In this manner, the moral code of the Puritan society thoroughly pervades the lives of its individuals, and any presence of iniquity is felt in all aspects of their lives....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 816 words
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The Scarlet Letter and Hawthorn’s Theory of Romance - The Scarlet Letter and Hawthorn’s Theory of Romance Nathaniel Hawthorn started writing The Scarlet Letter in 1847 and it was published in 1850. The Scarlet Letter is recognize by many "critics as being one of the greatest of American novels."1 Hawthorn created his own individual style of "romance," a style of writing. His own individual style of writing is now called "Hawthorn's Theory of Romance". His "theory of Romance" is emphasized in The Scarlet Letter in many different ways....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 1086 words
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Sin, Alienation, and Love in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter: The Themes of Sin, Alienation, and Love The Puritans, a religious group in New England in the early 1600’s, interpreted the Bible form a fundamentalist perspective and strove to attain a sinless society. Of course, people are human and sins are inevitable so the Puritans sinned and their perfect society was never achieved. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter develops the themes of sin, alienation, and love to provide valuable insights into the traditional beliefs of the Puritans and provide valuable and timeless moral insigts....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 960 words
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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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Imperfect Characters Exposed in The Scarlet Letter and The Crucible - As much as one may try to avoid sin, everyone will sin at some point in their life. However, there have been groups of people who spend much of their time getting as close to perfection as possible. One of the most extreme groups with this goal were the 17th century Puritans who immigrated from England to America. They set some of the toughest laws to follow and inflicted harsh sentences on those who broke them. Of course there were people who broke these laws and paid the consequences. Usually this was the case because of their pride....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, The Crucible Essays] 916 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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Justice at the Scaffold in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Justice at the Scaffold in The Scarlet Letter         Richard Harter Fogle acknowledges the aspect of the superhuman as "the sphere of absolute insight, justice, and mercy: few of Hawthorne's tales and romances can be adequately considered without taking it into account" ("Realms of Being and Dramatic Irony" 309). This superhuman aspect surfaces through Divine Justice in The Scarlet Letter. On the other hand, the merely human application of justice emerges through the Puritan laws, or Earthly Justice....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Romanticism, Reason, and Puritanism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Romanticism, Reason, and Puritanism in The Scarlet Letter The novel, The Scarlet Letter, is about the struggle three people face while trying to live their lives and find happiness in a Puritan society. In the early 1640s, Hester has come to the small town of Boston, Massachusetts, from Great Britain, while her husband, Chillingworth, ties up all of the loose ends back in Great Britain. Hester and Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, the town's priest, engage in the act of adultery and produce a baby girl named Pearl; though, only Hester knows that Dimmesdale is the father....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 1702 words
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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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The Benefits of Sin Revealed in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Benefits of Sin Revealed in The Scarlet Letter       According to Nathaniel Hawthorne in The Scarlet Letter, each of us is born with "original sin" we have inherited from the misdeeds of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. As Eve bit hungrily into the apple from the Tree of Knowledge, starving for wisdom, little did she know that the entire human race would thereafter be tainted by her "sin." Hawthorne and many others believe that ever since, human beings have been inclined to evil, more likely to disobey than to act in a godly manner....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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The Symbolic Use of Nature in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Symbolic Use of Nature in The Scarlet Letter       In Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic The Scarlet Letter, nature plays a very important and symbolic role.  Hawthorne uses nature to convey the mood of a scene, to describe characters, and to link the natural elements with human nature.  Many of the passages that have to do with nature accomplish more than one of these ideas.  All throughout the book, nature is incorporated into the story line. The deep symbolism conveyed by certain aspects of nature helps the reader gain a deeper understanding of the plight and inner emotions of the characters in the novel....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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