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The Scarlet Letter - In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne analyzes Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth. In the story, Hester is the main character of the story and was called Mistress Prynne (Hawthorne 70). Dimmesdale, in the story was referred to as Reverend Dimmesdale (Hawthorne 90). Chillingworth was originally named, Roger Prynne but later in the story he changed his name to Roger Chillingworth. In the story, Hester committed adultery with Dimmesdale against Chillingworth and in the beginning she got punished and sent to prison and later she got to get out of prison but with the exception of having to wear the letter A on her breast every time she went out in to town....   [tags: Literature]
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The Scarlet Letter - Suffering is the bane of humanity, as it wrecks physical and emotional harmony. Contrary to the assertion that suffering is meaningless, it is capable of strengthening the human resolve. The characters of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, must grapple with emotional pain that threatens to destroy them wholeheartedly. But Hawthorne conveys the idea that suffering is the key to making one stronger, and he develops his characters through the agony they experience. Hawthorne uses Hester Prynne's Scarlet Letter to convey the symbolism of stigma and oppression, but also to act as a catalyst that will eventually cause her to triumph over its negative effects on her soul....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Hawthorne, Suffering] 1344 words
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The Scarlet Letter - At first, the Scarlet Letter placed on Hester's dress was meant to show shame or dishonor. But now, represents the outcome of Hester and Dimmesdale's sin. The judgment caused by the Scarlet Letter results in how she looks at society and how society looks at Hester. Pearl is not an ordinary character, she is an intriguing symbol. A symbol is something that stands for, or represents something else. In the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester gives her daughter the name Pearl because she is worth a lot to her, a great price, as she hopes for the good to come out of her committed adultery....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne]
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The Scarlet Letter - In his novel The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne traces the life of a young woman named Hester Prynne after she receives the shameful punishment of wearing a scarlet letter “A” on her chest. Throughout the novel, the forest outside the Puritan town serves a place for the characters to reveal their true selves away from the stringent Puritan lifestyle. The forest represents contradictory themes, creating a sanctuary for love and freedom, but also cultivating darkness and evil. Not only does the seclusion of the forest from society provide freedom to those who choose to perform evil deeds, but also protection to those searching for clarity and happiness....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Hawthorne] 590 words
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The Scarlet Letter - Throughout Hawthorne’s novel, “The Scarlet Letter”, conformity and individuality play a big part within the Puritan society. Many of the characters are faced with the choice of conforming to the Puritans beliefs, which would ultimately prevent a person from having his or her own identity. Throughout “The Scarlet Letter”, most of the characters are required to conform to what the Puritan society wanted while others ventured out on their own to in order to create their own individual identity. In the end, a few of those who had made the choice in the beginning to conform to what the Puritan society believed was acceptable regretted their decision and in order to find peace within, became ind...   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, individuality, puritan]
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The Scarlet Letter - At first glance, one may be deceived into thinking that these two works have nothing in common, as one focuses on chocolate and the other on an ambiguous letter. However, Lasse Hallstrom’s Chocolat and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter both tell intriguing stories of women with mysterious pasts, who have disruptive influences on the societies they settle in. Although there are quite a few plot similarities between the two works, one can see much stronger comparisons when describing the townspeople’s mindsets, major themes, and character traits of the protagonists....   [tags: Literary Analysis ] 862 words
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The Scarlet Letter - In the first chapter of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, a solitary rosebush stands in front of a gloomy prison to symbolize "some sweet moral blossom, that may be found along the track, or relieve the darkening close of a tale of human frailty and sorrow" (Hawthorne 56). Serving as a symbol of beauty and solitude, this rosebush foreshadows the dismal tone that will preside over the remainder of the novel and illustrates the beauty of confession and growth in contrast to the suppression and decay apparent within the prison....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Hawthorne] 1185 words
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The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne has introduced a character that has been judged harshly. Because, she has been misinformed of her husband’s death; therefore, she was greave and had sought comfort resulting in a baby from the lover whom gave her comfort. When her secret had been discovered she was isolated for committing a treacherous crime of adultery, as one of her punishments she was forced to wear an A on her chest. The novel presents a structure of a society, using symbolism and diction to give underline meaning to the themes, portraying religious tendencies ruled by the philosophy of good and evil....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Nathaniel Hawthorne] 583 words
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The Scarlet Letter - Of the many ideas presented in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Crucible by Arthur Miller, and A Different Drummer by William Kelley, all the novels express the importance of the conflicting nature of truth. In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne portrays that a person should not lie, even when drastic consequences such as death threaten him or her. However, Miller suggests in The Crucible that people should consider preserving life more important than always speaking honestly. Kelley presents the concept that sometimes lies become necessary to protect a friend in A Different Drummer....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Hawthorne] 1306 words
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The Scarlet Letter - When someone makes a mistake, they usually try to hide the truth to avoid the consequences. The Puritans had a very stringent society in which all sins were met with harsh punishment. In The Scarlet letter, by Nathanial Hawthorn, Hester Prynne and Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale commit adultery, but the public only knows about Hester’s sin; Dimmesdale’s remains hidden. However, by hiding his sin, Dimmesdale suffers much more than Hester does. In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorn shows that the repercussions of a “secret sin” are much worse than those of a revealed sin....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Hawthorne] 879 words
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The Scarlet Letter - "The Scarlet Letter", by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a symbolic book that ventures into a realm of the human nature not explored by many. It deals with a silent predator that can upsurge any one of many unpleasant feelings and situations: adultery. The story takes place in colonial America, in a Puritan settlement in Boston, where beliefs and ideals are rather dissimilar to the ones that present day America shares. With the passing of time, cultures and traditions change. When looking back to compare Puritan colonies to the present United States, there is a dramatic transformation....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne] 1407 words
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The Scarlet Letter - Sin. The word itself is synonymous with evil, shame, and a host of other negative connotations. Everyone sins. Still, each individual copes with his or her sin uniquely. Do they burrow their ignominy inside or do they confess their wrongdoing. Which one is more preferable over the other. Author Nathaniel Hawthorne takes a stab at answering some of these profound life questions in The Scarlet Letter. Through the events that occur in the lives of the characters Roger Chillingworth, Arthur Dimmesdale and Hester Prynn, Hawthorne conveys his opinion that confessing and repenting sin is better than hiding sin....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Nathaniel Hawthorne] 1104 words
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The Scarlet Letter - Everyday we find ourselves faced with the encountering of morally ambiguous figures in our life. These figures’ behavior leave us constantly contemplating identifying them with being fully evil or good. Despite the many appearances in life these figures are also very commonly seen at the heart of many works of literature. These figures become pivotal characters thus adding to the novels plot line. A perfect example is the character, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic American novel, The Scarlet Letter....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 1260 words
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The Scarlet Letter - The aspect of Nature in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter seems to have been characterized to readers with a mixed blessing. In other words, Nature shows its power to both heal as well as harm various characters throughout the text. The Scarlet Letter highlights Nature's complexity by showing that the Puritan idea of Nature as an entirely evil force is a naive misconception. The text reveals the beneficial attributes of Nature that the Puritans overlook or fear. Conversely, the text shows that aspects of Nature that help mankind also harm him....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Hawthorne] 785 words
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The Scarlet Letter - Revenge consumes the soul of the beholder, and leaves him a shell of his former self. Revenge often leads the avenger down an irreversible path that ultimately proves to be detrimental to him. Such acts are especially grave in the view of Puritans, who believed that vengeance belonged only to God. Nathaniel Hawthorne was a master of words, a literary genius who had a deep understanding of human emotions and boundaries. Hawthorne uses The Scarlet Letter to reprimand revenge as a detrimental act that can radically alter a person, and yet never allow them to be satisfied, using Chillingworth’s own thoughts, and dialogues to characterize his transformation from a scholarly person to a devil whos...   [tags: Literary Analysis, Hawthorne] 821 words
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The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, portrays the adversities faced by Hester Prynne and Reverend Dimmesdale, and their struggles to overcome their sins of adultery. Hawthorne depicts the celestial Dimmesdale as a troubled minister with an uneasy conscience who struggles to cope with his wrongdoings. Dimmesdale is torn between whether to publically confess his wrongdoing with Hester and let the merciless Puritans decide his fate, or keep his secret hidden and let the guilt derived from his actions, along with the devil in Roger Chillingworth, destroy him both mentally and physically....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Nathaniel Hawthorne] 1368 words
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The Scarlet Letter - The aspect of Nature in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter seems to have been characterized to readers with having a mixed blessing. Rather than illustrating Nature in the typical Puritanical manner of the 1600’s, that Nature is downright evil, tying Nature to the “Black Man,” Hawthorne uses a different approach. Instead, Nature is fairly two-sided in that it portrays destructive as well as somewhat therapeutic powers. The text reveals the positive attributes of Nature that the Puritans overlook or fear....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Hawthorne] 2790 words
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The Scarlet Letter: An Analysis of Symbolism - Cursed with the permanent mark of adultery upon her bosom, Hester Prynne, the main character in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s book, The Scarlet Letter, faces many hardships and disgrace. Hawthorne references these hardships in order to portray the scarlet letter as the forbidden mark of adultery. Upon first meeting Hester, the scarlet letter is a symbol for adultery and disgrace. As the story progresses, the scarlet letter evolves into a symbol of wisdom and identity. Hawthorne utilizes each different meaning of the scarlet letter to make a commentary on the Puritan society....   [tags: Adultery To Identity, Character Development]
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The Role of Color in The Scarlet Letter - Throughout history, colors have been used to symbolize different meanings based on associations with culture, history, politics, and religion. In The Scarlet Letter, the author, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses symbolism through colors such as red, black and white in the form of sunlight, to represent emotions and ideologies of Hester and the people around her. Nathaniel Hawthorne uses the color red significantly throughout The Scarlet Letter to show its importance of symbolism in the emotions of sin and passion that it represents....   [tags: Hawthorne] 987 words
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What Is the Moral of the Scarlet Letter? - ... The society has the power and she should obey the punishment as the puritans have rights to prison her, so the strict puritan society is an important moral in the scarlet letter. Another important moral in the scarlet letter is the sin and the guilt of the Hester Prynne. Hester commits a crime which is great and she should be ready to face it. Hester being in love affairs has cost her life in prison. Being in affair with Dimmesdale a men whom she loved and got pregnant was not a small matter but what counts the most was that she was already married so these matter was big and no way for society to except her faults and she is a sinner which is a huge thing....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, story analysis]
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What is the 'Moral'of The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne was written when public punishment was common in all over Europe. People were following the Puritan religion that got many restriction and people who ever broke the rule were liable for punishment and was either put behind the bar or were being executed. In the Scarlet Letter the character Hester Prynne is being punished for Adulteress for which the modern society would look as a common mistake committed out of love. However the people during that age saw it as a great crime and the religious people believed it as a sin and were liable for punishment....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, story analysis]
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Theme of Vengeance in The Scarlet Letter - Vengeance in The Scarlet Letter Vengeance is the act of recovering justice by forcing the opposing individual to endure same punishment or exceed a far more harsh consequence than the victim. People often try to obtain revenge upon others for the wrong reasons due to fact that they believe the actions or sins of another person have affected the victim in a negative way. The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, uses the relentless character, Mr. Roger Chillingworth, to describe the result of being resentful and unforgiving to his wifes secret lover, Reverend Dimmesdale....   [tags: hawthorne, literary analysis] 1384 words
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What Is the 'Moral' of the Scarlet Letter - ... Without knowing the truth behind her sin the society has no rights to force her to stand in scaffold to face public shame and guilt which disheartens Hester and her child. So, Hester committing a sin plays an important moral to the text scarlet letter. The nature of puritan society is also an important moral of the scarlet letter as the puritan society was different from other society during 17th century. The society and the people followed a strict puritan laws and regulation with moral values....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne novel analysis]
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Torment and Suffering in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn - Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is one of the most famous American author of all American literaturary history. The novel is treated as one of the greatest novel in American literary history. In the sotry, Hester, the main character of the novel, is condemned to wear the scarlet letter "A" on her chest as a permanent sign of her sin. The author describes torment suffered by Hester and her partner of the adultery, the minister Arthur Dimmesdale in the later years. The story begins at the end of Hester's imprisonment after her affair and through many years to her final acceptance of her place in the community as the wearer of the scarlet letter a symbol of shame....   [tags: puritan society, slavery, letter A] 642 words
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Effects of Isolation in "The Scarlet Letter" - The Scarlet Letter Isolation can affect people in many different ways, for example, it could affect someone physically or emotionally. Isolation can drastically affect people in many different areas of their life. Hester is affected by isolation both emotionally and physically. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn Hester becomes alienated, isolated, physically and emotionally because of the red letter that she wears on her chest. Hester is affected by isolation physically and emotionally....   [tags: Classic American Literature] 613 words
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The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne - The Scarlet Letter is a novel written in the 1840s by the famous author Nathaniel Hawthorne, and is considered one of the most symbolic pieces of work in American Literature. It tells the story of Hester Prynne, a young woman living in mid-seventeenth century Boston, who gives birth to a girl after committing adultery and struggles to create a new life of penitence and pride. As a result of the sin she commits, she is forced to wear a scarlet letter on her bosom perpetually. The scarlet letter is a complex symbol, since it incorporates various meanings....   [tags: Symbolic Isolation]
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - The seventh commandment of the Ten Commandments states “Thou shalt not commit adultery. (Exodus 20:14). Adultery, according to the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, is “voluntary sexual intercourse between a married man and someone other than his wife or between a married woman and someone other than her husband.” Some people may think that adultery is only an occurrence in the 21st century, but it also occurred frequently in the 1600s as well. For example, in The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, a novel that was set in the 17th century tells the story of Hester Prynne who was convicted of adultery with a man named Reverend Dimmesdale....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Adultery]
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Perspectives on Sin in The Scarlet Letter - A sin that is so immoral that mingles with the unadulterated mindset of others is perhaps the worst sinner of them all. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s book The Scarlet Letter, should committing the act of adultery with a higher order of the church, be punishable by sinful deeds. But how do you punish someone who has committed adultery. Is the implications of her punishment so impaling that it has ruined her life and the others inflicted. Although Hester may be a sinner and a great one at that, she is not the worst sinner and she has actually benefited from her sins as a person, mindset, and family....   [tags: Society, Morality] 888 words
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The Nature of Sin in The Scarlet Letter - Sin is defined as a transgression of a religious or moral law especially when deliberate. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne one of the main points in the book is relating to sin and how it can affect people. Hawthorne uses several methods to convey the nature of sin through his characters and symbolism in The Scarlet Letter. The scarlet A on the chest of Hester Prynne and Hester herself represent known sin. She commits adultery and is caught. The A is her punishment as well as a reminder to her about sinning....   [tags: adultery, guilt, curse] 658 words
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The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Not very many children are born in prison, nor do many live in prison for the first three months of their lives. It was almost probable that the child might turn out rather eccentric, which Pearl, in a way, did. And it is definitely strange that she was born as a result of a sin. Thus, her mother named her Pearl, “as being of great price, —purchased with all she had, —her mother’s only treasure!” She has very capricious emotions and is impish sometimes. Pearl is an eerily intelligent and devilish child who has a strange connection with the scarlet “A”....   [tags: Character Analysis, Pearl]
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Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter - Cursed with the permanent mark of adultery upon her bosom, Hester Prynne, the main character in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s book, The Scarlet Letter, faces many hardships and disgrace. Referencing these hardships, Hawthorne portrays the scarlet letter as the forbidden mark of adultery. Upon first meeting Hester, the scarlet letter is a symbol for adultery and disgrace. As the story progresses, the scarlet letter evolves into a symbol of wisdom and identity. Hawthorne utilizes each different meaning of the scarlet letter to make a commentary on the Puritan society....   [tags: hester, symbolism, social isolation]
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, The Scarlet Letter, narrates the life of a young woman, Hester Prynne, who had an affair with the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale and was forced to live with the constant torture of Puritan society. Because of this affair that Hester and Dimmesdale underwent, Hester bore a child, Pearl, whom she begot out of wedlock with Dimmesdale. Although Puritan society in the seventeenth century could be brutal with its strict, moral beliefs, Hester and Dimmesdale still managed to express romantic feelings for each other, even though it was forbidden....   [tags: story and character analysis] 815 words
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The Setting in the Scarlet Letter - The Setting in the Scarlet Letter In Boston, Massachusetts during the late 1600s, the Calvinism is one of the most important parts of the assumptions and values of society. As Calvinists, the Puritans in The Scarlet Letter base their political system largely on religion, creating a theocracy which influences the standard equality between crime and sin. There is no separation between church and state, thus the two are blurred into one, affecting the thoughts and expectations of the society in the novel. The most important reason for the setting to be what it is, is because The Scarlet Letter revolves around adultery....   [tags: society, system, theorcracy, expectations]
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn - Pre-AP: 1st Semester Essay Exam In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne uses intricate themes to depict the qualifications of both the byronic and tragic hero through the main character, Hester Prynne. Traits of the byronic hero that’s evident in the novel is independence and loneliness. A trait that qualifies for a tragic hero is Hester wanting to maintain her rightful social status as an adulterer even after the people of the town forgives her for her sin. Hawthorne gave Hester these qualities to advance the novel and develop themes for the novel....   [tags: story analysis] 551 words
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of famed novel, The Scarlet Letter, came from a long line of puritans. The family name of Hawthorne, was one of strict puritanistic ideals, which translated into topics covered in his literary works. When Hawthorne’s father died of yellow fever at sea when he was only four, his mother became overly protective and pushed him to isolation. All of Hawthorne’s fictional characters are believed to be figurative confrontations of good and evil. Almost all of his characters can be classified as one of these two types....   [tags: puritans, opinions, judgements] 898 words
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - The Scarlet Letter After the “discovery” of America by Christopher Columbus, people flocked to America in search of a new life. One of these groups was the Puritans, who fled England as a result of persecution by the crown. The Puritans were known for their extreme devotion to religion, and their goal to have their community to be as a “city upon a hill”. This idea of a city upon a hill shows how they want everyone to look up to them, but this also meant that all of their actions would be elevated and magnified....   [tags: story and character analysis] 1278 words
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - In The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the setting of the country plays a significant role in both the characterization of Hester, the protagonist, and in the development of the work as a whole. It was only when Hester was banished to the country in isolation that she was able to achieve enlightenment--and it was only when Hester reached enlightenment that the other characters were able to grow as well. The country setting also served to establish the values of the novel--the country is depicted as a place where such virtues as modesty, wisdom, and love are held in high regard....   [tags: lieterary analysis] 557 words
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - The Scarlet Letter is a blend of realism, symbolism, and allegory. Nathaniel Hawthorne uses historical settings for this fictional novel and even gives historical background information for the inspiration of the story of Hester Prynne in the introduction of The Scarlet Letter, ‘The Custom-House’. The psychological exploration of the characters and the author’s use of realistic dialogue only add to the realism of the novel. The most obvious symbol of the novel is the actual scarlet letter ‘A’ that Hester wears on her chest every day, but Hawthorne also uses Hester’s daughter Pearl and their surroundings as symbols as well....   [tags: Realism, Symbolism, Allegory] 912 words
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The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Modern society would call a lifetime of humiliation a cruel and unusual punishment. In the time of the Puritans, however, that punishment was seen as excessively merciful for Hester Prynne, a woman guilty of adultery. Forced to wear a visible label of her crime for the rest of her life, Hester was unable to hide from the sin that she committed. Her counterpart Dimmesdale, on the other hand, was seen by the public as godly, and he hid his responsibility for years. In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne illustrates the effects of the conscience, showing the differences of one whose guilt is secret and one whose is exposed....   [tags: Effects of Guilt] 770 words
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The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Puritan societies were based upon religion and righteous doings, the judgment of the sin adultery, committed in Nathaniel Hawthone’s The Scarlet Letter, would be one that would have a punishment of death. Hester Prynne, in the beginning of the story, stands on trial with the letter A on her chest and her baby, Pearl, in her arm waiting to be publicly viewed and forced into total isolation. Married to Roger Chillingsworth, Hester commits this sin with no one other than the Reverend Dimmesdale, the most looked upon person in the society; although the society does not know Dimmesdale as the father....   [tags: Summary, Exclusion, Penance]
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Vindictive Virtue in "The Scarlet Letter" - The great American philosopher and more importantly the leader of the Transcendentalist movement Ralph Waldo Emerson once said advised society to “not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” In a sense, this philosophy was shared among the transcendentalists, as they all sought to search deep within themselves for spirituality, and a sense of individualism parting with the rational religious peoples of the previous century. Among these Nineteenth century rebels was Nathaniel Hawthorne, who conveyed his attitude in “The Scarlet Letter”, where young Hester Prynne must face a harsh society’s verdict in a personal affair that leaves Hester both scarred i...   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Literary Analysis] 781 words
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Religious upbringings, deaths, breakups, and love affairs: these are all influences that can be found in every part of a person’s life. An intense impingement on their work and how they live their life starts with simple aspects such as: someone’s childhood, family, friendships, and relationships. These aspects can ingrain themselves into pieces of art whether they are paintings, music, or works of literature. Nathaniel Hawthorne was one of the many writers who had shown this idea of life’s effects even more than others....   [tags: puritan ways, love affairs, family]
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The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Why are human beings tempted to conceal their transgressions. Is it for the fear of punishment or the loss of one’s standing with the public. In the insightful novel The Scarlet Letter, a seventeenth-century Boston minister named Arthur Dimmesdale committed, in the eyes of the townsfolk, the most evil of sins: adultery. Unlike his partner in this offense, Hester Prynne, he did not accept responsibility for his crime; instead he veiled his infraction of the Puritan law from the populace of Boston....   [tags: Adultery, Hiding of Sins] 837 words
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The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Nathaniel Hawthorne resisted the idea that humanity had divine potential and acknowledged the reality of evil. Hawthorne believed that every society needed to have a jail and grave yard, “ The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison” (2331). He thought that people are naturally evil and sin so a jail was needed to keep evil people and influence away from society....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Transcendentalism]
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The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Nathanial Hawthorne’s The Scarlett Letter had many reoccurring, powerful themes, however, the most predominant was how far the ripples of a person’s actions reach; Hawthorne shows this by illustrating how people in a society viewed others’ actions, how individuals viewed their own actions, and how the actions had a physical effect on the body. The first way Hawthorne showed this theme was how the puritan society viewed others actions, specifically those of Hester and Pearl. One of the ways Hawthorne detailed the society’s hate of Hester’s actions of adultery was very early in the book during Hester’s public humiliation....   [tags: Physical Effects, Society] 776 words
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Gender Roles in The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne’s ‘The Scarlet Letter’ was considered by many as the controversial novel of its time, given its themes of pride, sin and vengeance. It was also set in a time when very few were thinking about the equality of of men and women, but Hawthorne managed to bring gender-based inequality to light through the novel’s male-dominated Puritan setting and by reversing the gender roles of characters, such as Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale. Therefore, it is my belief that the religious setting of this novel in the Puritan society allowed further emphasis of the profound differences between the character’s gender roles, thereby creating deeper contrast and revealing the flaws o...   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Literary Analysis]
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The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne - He who plays with fire is bound to get burned. This commonplace expression outlines the painful outcome of trifling with things as wild and uncontrollable as fire. Sometimes, powerful, passionate sentiments are like a fire that we lose control of, and lead to unintended outcomes. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, characters’ emotions in the heat of the moment often cause them to make decisions with devastating consequences. In the novel Hawthorne uses fire to symbolize the passions in the hearts of his characters, and the results of fire (cinders, burns, embers) to symbolize the repercussions of those passions....   [tags: Flames of Passion, Consequences] 955 words
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Tragic Heroes in The Scarlet Letter - In The Scarlet Letter, there are many people that can be considered tragic heroes. Each tragic hero has a tragic flaw that causes their downfall. Hester Prynne is a tragic heroin because of her downfall that is brought on by her love and loyalty to Reverend Dimmesdale. Hester Prynne is a tragic hero because of her perseverance and determination in her journey with Pearl. Even though she is given the opportunity to leave Boston and remove the scarlet letter that she wears on her clothes, she chooses to stay and be with the father of her child....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne novel analysis] 628 words
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The Scarlet Letter: Compare and Contrast - Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is one of the most respected and admired novels of all time. Often criticized for lacking substance and using more elaborate camera work, freely adapted films usually do not follow the original plot line. Following this cliché, Roland Joffe’s version of The Scarlet Letter received an overwhelmingly negative reception. Unrealistic plots and actions are added to the films for added drama; for example, Hester is about to be killed up on the scaffold, when Algonquin members arrive and rescue her....   [tags: nathaniel hawthorne] 1022 words
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - In The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne is convicted of adultery and sentenced to wear a scarlet letter "A" on her chest as a lasting reminder of her crime. She is forbidden to take off this token of disgrace, and does as the court says until chapter 13. Hester is rejected by almost everyone in the town when they find out she carrying the child of man who is not her husband. She heroically bears her punishment, continues to live there and stands firm on what she believes. The townspeople are very coarse in the way they treat her and their judgement of Hester....   [tags: story analysis] 1190 words
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The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne - “But this had been a sin of passion, not of principle, nor even purpose.”(174). According to the legal statutes and the prevailing sentiment of keeping in accordance with a strict interpretation of the Bible, adultery is a capital sin that requires the execution of both adulterer and adulteress. The Scarlet Letter contains little glee and hopefulness. It is densely constructed in the dark with a single spot of vivid color. The theme of private sin versus public morality in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter creates internal conflict Hester Prynne and Reverend Dimmesdale with the reflection of the imagination and their society....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Puritansim] 1077 words
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A Scarlet Child's Human Nature - “A babe in the house is a well-spring of pleasure, a messenger of peace and love, a resting place for innocence on earth, a link between angels and men”, is a truth verbally expressed by Martin Tupper that is known as well accepted around the world. Tupper raised the question, if children are born as the link between angels and man, then why do we have some many devils in the world. Hawthorne answered this question in his novel, The Scarlet Letter, by demonstrating that children are born innocent and are innocent in all things until taught a different nature in which to live their lives....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorn's The Scarlet Letter] 773 words
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Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter - In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author presents three symbols that all reinforce the main idea of the novel. The main idea that reoccurred throughout the novel is that people don’t have to let their mistakes or circumstances determine who they are or what they become; it’s all in how one interprets life. Many symbols may seem as just an ordinary character or coincidental object to some readers, but the symbols have a deeper, underlying meaning. Although there are many symbols in this book, there are three that really help support the main idea: Hester Prynne’s scarlet letter, the meteor, and Hester’s daughter Pearl....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Literary Analysis] 558 words
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Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne - Imagine your inner soul trying to rip out of your body all tell people of all of your sins. Also, imagine your sin is floating around letting you see others sin. Finally, you are a product of sin, your life is full of evil, and torture. Until your sin is revealed by your unknown father. These events happened to the character in Nathaniel Hawthorns The Scarlett Letter. Their sin affects the way that these characters live. The Nature of sin can bring the worst and best out of people. Whether it is hidden or know, the sin can bring good and bad things to the people who have sinned....   [tags: sin, soul, demons]
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Duality in The Scarlet Letter - Duality in The Scarlet Letter Oscar Wilde, an Irish poet, novelist, and playwright, believed, “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise” (Think Exist). Wilde’s quotation conveys the idea of duality residing within every situation, person, and object. Nathaniel Hawthorne explores the idea further in his classic novel The Scarlet Letter. In the novel Hawthorne demonstrates duality within the character Pearl and the forest; he suggests an optimistic perspective of the world....   [tags: Classic American Literature] 671 words
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Children in the Scarlet Letter - Pearl and the other Puritan children have a huge role in Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. Pearl is displayed as very different from any of the other children in the book. The attitudes of the children tell the reader a lot about the lives of the Puritans. The story emphasizes that children were to be seen but not heard however, Hester chooses to let Pearl live a full and exciting life. Hester does not restrict pearl or hide her from anyone or anything. This is part of the reason that Pearl becomes such a colorful child....   [tags: Nathaniewl Hawthone novel, character analysis]
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Main Characters of Scarlet Letter - Actions that people take not only affect them but also affect the people closest to them. In The Scarlet Letter Pearl and Hester, Chillingworth and Dimmesdale are all affect by the sin of adultery committed by Hester. This sin has a different amount of impact emotional, physical, and mental impact on each character. Hester Prynne was impacted most out of all of the characters; she was the adulteress. She has to deal with public humiliation and the lingering remembrance of the sin she committed....   [tags: Character Analysis] 576 words
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Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter - Symbolism can be defined as a figure, character, or object that is used to represent complex or abstract ideas. By expressing an idea in the form of an image, the reader can visualize the concept more concretely. The old expression, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” applies to symbolism as the author creates a visual representation of ideas. The use of symbolism in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter helps to illuminate the overall meaning of the work. At the beginning of the book, the reader is introduced to a dark and gloomy town that had first built a prison and a cemetery....   [tags: Literacy Analysis ]
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Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is, at times, a piece that seems intended to drive one beyond any hope of reasoning. Its occasionally overpowering allegorical symbolism or its seemingly eclectic mythology can certainly seem like a purist allegory designed to imbue in one the fear of eternal sin. However, when one takes the time to read beyond the simple story and to realize the true nature of Hawthorne's verbal artistry, it becomes clear that the piece is, as stated by Richard Chase, “a novel with beautifully assimilated allegorical elements” (149)....   [tags: Literary Techniques, Book Critique]
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The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic, The Scarlett Letter, has become one of the most discussed novels of all time. A great deal of` controversy streams from the obvious gender-related issues throughout the story. Considering the setting of seventeenth-century Boston, the plot takes place in a conservative Puritan society. Because of this, Hester Prynne, the protagonist, spends the seven years, over the course of which the book takes place, dealing with the repercussions of what is believed to be a “crime” against God and her community....   [tags: Literature]
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Scarlet Letter - After the death of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s character Dimmesdale from the book the Scarlet Letter, there have been many theories about the cause of his death. Some literary analyzers claim that his guilt was the cause of his death. Others say that Roger Chillingworth, a physician, poisoned him with Atropine and Scopolamine. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s book The Scarlet Letter, Dimmesdale’s guilt appears to be the cause of his death, but his symptoms point towards Atropine and Scopolamine poisoning. In The Scarlet Letter, all the symptoms Dimmesdale experiences provide evidence that he is poisoned with Atropine and Scopolamine....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Hawthorne] 2361 words
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Scarlet Letter - Weak and powerless are so me of the words that describe women’s role in Puritan society. Men were the breadwinners and women were confined to the household. Most women lived their lives under the authority of men, but because of her unusual place in society Hester was able to overcome this. In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne switches the typical male and female roles to prove that when given the opportunity, women can be strong and independent members of society. Hawthorne uses Hester’s reaction to her punishment of wearing the letter A, to show women can survive in society without being dependent on men....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Hawthorne] 1105 words
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Scarlet Letter Project - My Scarlet Letter project is composed of a mannequin dressed in a nice suit. Underneath the suit, I made a tattoo of the letter A on the mannequin's chest, and I also drew a tramp stamp. The letter A which symbolizes affliction is made up of nine Chinese characters that each have a symbolic meaning and the tramp stamp is the Chinese character for tempter. Constructing the project was rather time consuming, but it was not outside of my abilities or hobbies. Money, on the other hand, was a concern for me....   [tags: Literary Project]
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The Scarlet Letter - Symbolism is the practice of representing things by symbols. The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a book of much symbolism. Set in 16th century New England, the book starts with the public punishment of Hester Prynne, a convicted adulterer. One of the most complex and misunderstood symbols in the book is Hester’s illegitimate daughter, Pearl. Throughout the story, she develops into a dynamic symbol - one that is always changing. Pearl represents her mother’s punishment, a rose, and the scarlet letter....   [tags: essays research papers] 446 words
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The Scarlet Letter - In his criticism of The Scarlet Letter, Harry Levin discusses the severity of the sins that are committed by Hester Prynne, Reverend Dimmesdale, and Roger Chilingworth. Although all three main characters have sinned in the novel, the ruthlessness of their sins is easily identifiable. Harry Levin takes it upon himself to 'rank'; the three sinners in The Scarlet Letter based upon their sins, and the circumstances that surround them. The least severe sinner is Hester Prynne, followed by Reverend Dimmesdale, and the most severe sinner in Levin's mind is Roger Chilingworth....   [tags: essays research papers] 634 words
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The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne"s, The Scarlet Letter is a book about a woman, Hester, who moves to Boston from England during the Puritan times. She has a husband, and tells the colonists of Boston he will be arriving to be with her soon. After years go by and he doesn"t arrive, Hester finds another man whom she becomes close to. She becomes pregnant and the town finds out she has committed adultery. She is forced to wear a letter "A," meaning "adulteress," on her bosom for the rest of her life....   [tags: essays research papers] 1581 words
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The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter A Critical Analysis of Hester Prynne The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne was written in 1849. This novel won him much fame and a good reputation as a writer. In writing The Scarlet Letter, Hawethorne was creating a form of fiction he called the psychological romance. A psychological romance is a story that contains all of the conventional trappings of a typical romance, but deeply portrays humans in conflict with themselves. The Scarlet Letter won Hawthorne great critical acclaim, and even today the book remains on the best seller list....   [tags: Essays Papers] 967 words
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The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts, on July 4, 1804. His parents were Nathaniel and Elizabeth Hawthorne. When he entered Bowdoin College in 1821, he studied to be a professional writer. He was well aware of the fact that being a writer was not supported by his puritan forefathers and was even looked down upon as a wasted life. In 1842 Nathaniel married Sophia Peabody and they lived in Concord, which was known in that time as the center of transcendentalism, the idealistic philosophy that opposed puritanical and materialistic values....   [tags: essays research papers] 1452 words
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The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter- In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, the letter "A" changes it's meaning many different times. This change is significant. It shows growth in the characters, and the community in which they live. The letter "A" begins as a symbol of sin. It then becomes a symbol of her ability to do and help things, and finally it becomes a symbol of her respect for herself. The letter "A," worn on Hester's bodice, is a symbol of her adultery against Roger Chillingworth....   [tags: essays research papers] 680 words
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The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter One of the most well known pieces of literature we read this year was Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter". This novel is considered one of Hawthorne's best pieces and can be considered a literary classic. It is obvious to see that "The Scarlet Letter" deals with issues such as sin and its consequences. From Hawthorne's ancestor's role in the Salem witch trials, we are aware of his personal reluctance and his critical judgment of the Puritans. Among many morals discussed in the book, Hawthorne tries to convey perhaps the strongest of these: That the only way to find salvation is to be open and honest about who you are....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne] 960 words
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The Scarlet Letter - Symbols in The Scarlet Letter Symbolism plays an important role in many novels. Held with the distinction of implying important themes, symbols add depth to a story. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter takes place in Boston, Massachusetts, in the 1640’s. Embellished with symbols and hidden themes, the novel tells "a tale of human frailty and sorrow" (Hawthorne 46). In addition to human flaw and sadness, the novel reveals inhumane punishment and torture from the government and citizens of Puritan society....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne] 989 words
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The Scarlet Letter - "The Scarlet Letter" Roger Chillinworth was once a good puritan who lived a good puritan life and he was married to Hester Prynne. Then he went to travel. When he came, instead of getting a good and warm welcome from his beloved wife he saw her standing on the town scaffold with a letter of shame on her chest. He stood there, completely wrecked and knew that his life as he knew it so far was all lost. Ever since Roger Chillingworth's heart was broken and his life destroyed by Hester, he has deticated his life to revenge her and her adulterer, Dimmesdale....   [tags: essays research papers] 432 words
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The Scarlet Letter - If one is to read Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter, they will forever remember the remarkable tale of a woman who succeeds against all odds. It extraordinarily describes the life and times of early Puritan colonists in America and the sin of adultery. The question of morality and its positive and negative effects is at the very core of this story. Is one night of sin worth a lifetime of hardships. I. Summary Hester Prynne, a member of a once affluent and prosperous family, was arranged to marry a physician by the name of Roger Chillingworth....   [tags: essays research papers] 1576 words
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The Scarlet Letter - "The Scarlet Letter" is a story that illustrates the lifestyle of Puritans in Massachusetts in 17th century. Nathaniel Hawthorne takes the theme of sin committed by Hester Prynne prior to her affair with Arthur Dimmesdale and shows how it affects the lives of the people involved. Convicted of adultery by Boston's Puritan leaders, she is forced to wear a bright red "A" as a symbol of adultery over her breast to represent her wrongdoing to the townspeople. As a result of this sin a child is born, named Pearl....   [tags: American Literature] 540 words
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The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter In the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne three main characters are taught that they are forced to live with the mistakes they have made. 'One must be response for his/her own actions and be willing to accept the consequences of those actions.'; Hester, Dimmesdale and Chillingworth must all face these 'consequences.'; If you do something in life and you know its wrong that means yu are willing to accept the consequences. Hester knows she has done something wrong....   [tags: essays research papers] 400 words
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The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter In most books, readers see events and happenings in their own personal way, which differs slightly from other readers' interpretations of the same book. In The Scarlet Letter, however, a radical new theory has developed on the death of Arthur Dimmesdale. Originally, it was generally accepted that Chillingworth's part in the death of Dimmesdale was purely psychological, but perhaps he played a greater role than thought before. In the book, Chillingworth is a physician who had been captured by Native Americans sometime ago and subsequently released by them into Boston, Massachusetts, who was strictly a Puritan settlement at the time....   [tags: English Literature] 985 words
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The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, delves into symbolism. A few of the symbols throughout are: the Scarlet “A” embroidered on Hester’s chest, the Forrest (in the daytime), the Forrest (in the nighttime), the prison, the rose growing up by the prison wall and light and dark. Each of these has a certain significance. The “A” is the outward symbol of Hester and Dimmsdale’s sin. It is the tangible, form of punishment. The thing that physically sets Hester apart. This symbolizes her sin and her punishment....   [tags: essays research papers] 826 words
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The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter In this novel Hester Prynee is represented in several different ways. Before this story starts she was sent to Boston by her husband (Roger Chillingworth) who was supposed to be meeting her there shortly. He never makes it, she assumes he died at sea. While in Boston she meets Rev. Dimmesdale she has an affair with him and gets pregnent. He then starts to ignore her. Months later when everyone finds out about her illegitimate daughter (Pearl) and that she is un married. She is looked upon with great sin....   [tags: Essays Papers] 1284 words
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