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Feminism and The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Throughout history western culture has operated under the idea that women were inferior creatures and lesser beings. Women have been called “a foe to friendship, an inescapable punishment, a necessary evil, and the gateway to the Devil.” Feminism has been around for hundreds years because of the way women have been treated and from that, came the feminist approach. The feminist approach aims to understand gender difference, gender inequality and focus on gender politics and sexuality. When looking through the eyes of a feminist, readers must resist the andocentric point of view and think about the female’s point of view, whether male or female....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... His tortuous life ended in 1864 at New Hampshire. (Biography.com Editors). Hawthorne’s work is imaginative and well structured. He not only analysis people’s psychological, but also the use symbolism to show for his future reader. His idea of sophisticated imagery, deepen his surface purpose and create an obscure meaning of different books. This outstanding writer left many interesting books for the future generations and let them to fumble ancient people’s mind. “The Scarlet Letter” used two main guideline with symbolism and romanticism, delicate display his thoughts of human nature and the corruption of Puritan society....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... His tortuous life ended in 1864 at New Hampshire. (Biography.com Editors). Hawthorne’s work is imaginative and well structured. He not only analysis people’s psychological, but also the use symbolism to show for his future reader. His idea of sophisticated imagery, deepen his surface purpose and create an obscure meaning of different books. This outstanding writer left many interesting books for the future generations and let them fumble ancient people’s mind. “The Scarlet Letter” used two main guideline with symbolism and romanticism, delicate display his thoughts on human nature and the corruption of Puritan society....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]

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The Scaffolds Of Action By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Melissa Phung Mrs. Johnson-Smith English 3 AP, Period 4 9 December 2014 The Scaffolds of Action Throughout The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, there are many important scenes that are being introduced to the reader that highlights the effectiveness of the development of the plot. In addition to that, the author develops these segments to help emphasize the importance of the events that are happening in the novel. He specifically chooses to include the three scaffold, or platform, scenes to show the readers how each symbolizes the significant changes of the characters....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Nathaniel Hawthorne of Salem, Massachusetts was a descendant of a distant line of Puritan ancestors; however, his antecedent family history was not one he was proud of, as he persisted to be bedeviled with guilt, most notably from the renown John Hathorne of the Salem witch trials. He, as a consequence, wrote The Scarlet Letter to articulate his message on the extreme and austere type of Puritan legalism, society’s outlook of an adultery child, the individual reconciliation of a sinful act in the Puritan society, and, all from the perspective of Hester Prynne....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... The Governor and her priest Reverend Dimmesdale question her as to the father of the child’s identity, but she refuses. Later that day her husband Roger Prynne (now called Chillingworth) arrives at the prison and confronts her about the child’s paternity, but again she refuses to name the father. He forces her to keep his identity a secret. Hell bent on revenge, Roger spends the next seven years trying to identify the father of the child. Hester Prynne’s character in the novel is one as a virtuous mother....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- People are not as black and white as they often appear to be. Take Arthur Dimmesdale for an example. He is often viewed as a well-respected reverend and an educated young man who immigrated from Europe. Although the Puritan community looks up to him, the author Nathaniel Hawthorne, portrays Dimmesdale as a fragile being in the Scarlet Letter. Hawthorne describes Dimmesdale as a man with internal conflicts due to keeping his sin a secret from the world. This causes him to inflict self-punishment, which later leads to his paranoia and deteriorating health....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Throughout the course of history, the concept of women being subordinate to men has always existed. However, in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, a woman named Hester Prynne tries to break prejudicial notions against women in a patriarchal society. In the story, Hester commits the crime of adultery and is sentenced by the government to wear a scarlet letter as it symbolizes ignominy. Since she lives in Puritan New England, the people do not value women a lot, her actions becomes a sight of public scrutiny....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... Hester’s strength and perseverance, which ultimately leads her to change the meaning of the “A” on her chest from “Adulterer” to “Able”, truly shows the courage and revolutionary ideals which Hawthorne introduces through her character: The letter was the symbol of her calling. Such helpfulness was found in her, —so much power to do, and power to sympathize, —that many people refused to interpret the scarlet A by its original signification. They said that it meant Able; so strong was Hester Prynne, with a woman 's strength (Hawthorne 110-111)....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... Marry, I trow not!” (478,479). This clearly portrays the disdain the people (and especially the women) have for Hester due to her actions and the anger they feel at the law (the magistrates) for not following the traditional Puritan tribunal, which as another wife from the crowd states should customarily kill Hester for her sin as she asserts “This woman has brought shame upon us all, and ought to die. Is there no law for it. Truly there is, both in the Scripture and the statue-book” (479). Moreover, Hawthorne implies that the reasoning behind such remarks from these women is due to this theocratic society being quick to condemn women....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The Scarlet Letter Essay “To the untrue man, the whole universe is false,--it is impalpable,--it shrinks to nothing within his grasp. And he himself, in so far as he shows himself in a false light, becomes a shadow, or, indeed, ceases to exist.” (Hawthorne 115) Throughout the hostile novel The Scarlet Letter, author Nathaniel Hawthorne used contrasting settings to represent opposed ideas that were central to the meaning of the work. Some have argued that when it came to the theme that secrets have a destructive effect on the secret-keeper and truth, by contrast, was natural, a character evaluation would best advocate these differences....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]

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- ... In both a loving and hostile manner, Hester grabs Pearl hard enough to force tears: “She clutched the child so fiercely to her breast, that it sent forth a cry; she turned her eyes downward at the scarlet letter, and even touched it with her finger, to assure herself that the infant and the shame were real” (Hawthorne 56). Pearl’s tears symbolize how one aspect of Hester’s life would influence many others, as well as how Hester would end up needing Pearl as much as Pearl needed Hester. Evidently, this moment in time was incredibly surreal to Hester, forcing her to realize that her life would never be the same as it was....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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

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- Independence is growing through the course of our veins starting many generations ago. In the novels, The Scarlet Letter, The Glass Castle and the play A Raisin in the Sun, They all display some sort of independence and self reliance. Nathaniel Hawthorne, Jeannette Walls, and Lorraine Hansberry’s characters achieves self-reliance through their individual hardships. All novels share characteristics of Independence by, escaping hardship, striving for personal goals and not letting their environment affect them....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]

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- ... In the beginning the tyger is being questioned about his creation, and who created him, “What immortal hand or eye / Could frame thy fearful symmetry (line 3-4). This quote is more or less asking, “who created you and why did they create you?”. A vital contrast is made throughout the poem of good and evil; beauty and horror, the tyger is said to possess both traits. Many famous novels were written during this time period; a famous novelist in this era would be Nathaniel Hawthorne, who wrote The Scarlet Letter....   [tags: Romanticism, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Normally when most people think of vampires, they envision a deathly, pale creature with fangs. But Thomas Foster seems to think differently, who argues that it is not necessary for a vampire to embody a stereotypical vampire. Surprisingly enough, even humans can be these types of monsters. From Foster 's perspective, being a vampire not only includes an individual 's aesthetics, but also their actions, personality, intent, and overall representation of personal identity. The classic novel, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, presents an excellent example of this occurrence, where the character Roger Chillingworth meets the criteria of a vampiric figure, based on Thomas Foster 's idea...   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... For example, Hester raised her daughter Pearl and did what is best for her and Pearl. In the section of Hester at Needle, the author states, “Lonely as was Hester’s situation, and without a friend on earth who dared to show himself, she, however, incurred no risk of want. She possessed an art that sufficed, even in a land that afforded comparatively little scope for its exercise, to supply food for her thriving infant and herself.” This statement shows how she was being a good mother and that she needed no one....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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- The main idea of The Scarlett Letter is “sin and its impacts” on both individual and society which is demonstrated through its characters Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth. This main idea hailed from the author’s deep rooted puritanism. Hawthorne illustrated different levels of his main idea through his three characters. Each of the main characters are guilty of one kind of sin such as sin of adultery (Hester Prynne), sin of hypocrisy (Arthur Dimmesdale) and sin of vengeance (Roger Chillingworth)....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Opposition is prominent in literature and is often used to portray ideas that are completely different from each other. Such opposition can even be used to enforce both duality and paradoxical tones in a novel. In “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, he also uses this duality to describe the relationship between the two main male characters. Hawthorne focuses on the public and private lives of Dimmesdale and Chillingworth, and the paradoxical connection that they share. Dimmesdale, the town’s most loved preacher and most eligible bachelor, hides behind this mask of good by also being wrought by the guilt of being an adulterer....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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- ... When the town magistrates wanted to take Pearl, Hester had to prove to them that she was best fit to take care of her. She tells them, “this badge hath taught me,--it daily teaches me,--it is teaching me at this moment,--lessons whereof my child may be wiser and better” (130). She is telling them that her child can learn from her mistakes. The scarlet ‘A’ on her chest will remind her child that their is punishment for sin. She knows that she is flawed, but she wants her daughter to be better than she is....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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- For many people, a sin of significant magnitude is a burden that may live with them for the rest of their lives. The effects of this sin can manifest in many ways, be it mentally, physically, or spiritually. Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth are all living with an enormous burden of sin, each reflecting their inner torture caused by this sin differently. In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne conveys the effects of sin on each character through Hester’s ostracism from society, both physically and emotionally due to her sin of adultery, through Dimmesdale’s sickness and self- inflicted suffering due to his sin of hypocrisy, and through Chillingworth’s transformatio...   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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- ... She had flung it into infinite space. —she had drawn an our’s free breath!—and here again was the scarlet misery, glittering on the old spot. So it ever is, whether thus typified or no, that an evil deed invests itself with the tresses of her hair, and confined them beneath her cap. As if there were a withering spell in the sad letter, her beauty, the warmth and richness of her womanhood departed, like fading sunshine; and gray shadow seemed to fall across her (253 Hawthorne) Hester was able to be her true self and what a real woman should feel like....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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

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- ... He is allowing Hester to stand on the scaffold of shame all alone, not caring about the anguish that it is causing her. The last thing he wants is to receive the suffering and neglect brought on by the scaffold, and even tells Hester to “speak out the name of thy fellow-sinner and fellow sufferer!” to make sure no one would suspect him (47). Although he will do anything to keep his secret a secret, Hawthorne does hint that the minister is feeling some sort of guilt, saying that his voice was “tremulously sweet, rich, deep, and broken” as he spoke (47)....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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- The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, tells the story of Hester Prynne, a strong-willed, young woman living in a Puritan village during the seventeenth-century. After she gives birth to an illegitimate child, Hester is forced to don the shameful scarlet letter “A” on her breast as a sign of her sin and to live as a warning to other young maidens. Roger Chillingworth, the aged husband of Hester, arrives in Boston in time to view his wife in “ignominious exposure” (Hawthorne 117). He decides to remain in the village under the guise of a doctor with the sole purpose of taking revenge on Hester’s unnamed lover....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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- ... Countless times in the text, Pearl’s appearance “irresistibly and inevitably reminded the beholder of the token which Hester Prynne was doomed to wear” (105). Pearl is frequently referred to as the elf-child or the demon-child. Unfortunately, many of Pearl’s actions as a young girl make this assumption to remain more true than otherwise. It is said of her when she refuses to tell the Governor who made her that “that perversity which all children have more or less of, and of which little Pearl had a tenfold portion......   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- A day on earth has not gone by without the presence of sin, and every day it attempts to destroy anything anyone lives for. In the novel, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the nature of sin is revealed through the development of the characters Roger Chillingworth, Hester Prynne, and Arthur Dimmesdale. The essence of sin is its mutability. It is a master of disguise, whose constantly adapting to bring down its prey. When sin finds a purpose, it takes over one’s life in order to carry its task through....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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Nathaniel Hawthorne's Use of Symbolism

- Nathaniel Hawthorne is a prominent writer who uses many different elements in his works. He uses elements such as symbolism, figurative language, metaphor, irony and etc. to make his work prominent. In the works by Nathaniel Hawthorne, he uses symbols for secret sin in The Scarlet Letter, “The Minister’s Black Veil,” and “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment.” As seen in The Scarlet letter, the symbol for secret sin is the Scarlet letter “A.” The “A” represents the sin in which Hester commits adultery with the town’s minister, Dimmesdale....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Symbolism, ]

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The Birthmark, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... Originally, Georgina’s husband held his wife’s beauty in high regards. Sadly, the birthmark becomes what in his mind links her to the imperfections of the world. As it often happens in today’s world, Aylmer is striving for perfection. He is attempting to achieve this through his wife. In Aylmer’s mind the removal of the birthmark represents reaching the epitome of perfection. Aylmer becomes so focused on the birthmark that it turns into one of the only things that drives him. Unbeknownst to his wife, he even begins to think of ways he can use his knowledge a as a scientist to remove the birthmark from her face....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Short story]

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Analysis Of ' The Birthmark ' By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... Unfortunately, “The Birthmark” was not the only story that evaluates or talks about women abuse. Women did not have the right to divorce or to have a job in the 19th Century. Therefore, women were either dependent on their father or husband. Moreover, women were looked down if they reached age of puberty and still single. So most marriages were not based on love, but on social status. Georgiana is an extremely beautiful woman and her birthmark on her cheek is actually a charm. As the author reported “Many a desperate swain would have risked life for the privilege of pressing his lips to the mysterious hand” (Hawthorne)....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Short story, Marriage]

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The Loss Of Faith By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Essay 2 The rapid loss of faith in visible sanctity demonstrates the total depravity in Goodman Brown’s character that lead him to live an unfulfilled life. As soon as Goodman Brown hears the Devil’s sermon he doesn’t seek to refute it. Instead, he easily accepts that his father, grandfather, and the whole community were acquainted with the Devil. He then gradually begins to believe that the community of visible saints is corrupted and that they are performers of evil-doing. Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of Young Goodman Brown says “‘Goodman Brown stepped forth from the shadows...and approached the congregation, with whom he felt a loathful brotherhood by the sympathy of all that was wicked...   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown]

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`` The Birthmark `` By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... The marriage between the two characters indicates the correlation between the government’s superior influence and human behavior. Even Georgiana expresses her inferiority to Aylmer when she describes her own level of intellect as “simple” (Hawthorne 1). Aylmer 's strong yearn to eliminate the blemish upon Georgiana’s face represents the elimination of authentic human behavior by the development of politics within society. The motifs of morality and imperfection are also included in the short story, “The Birthmark” to highlight the lack of recognition that is given to one’s morals in society....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Short story, Experiment]

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The Scarlett Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a gothic romance novel. The premise of the story is based on Hester Prynne, a young woman whose husband sent her to America and promised to meet her there later. However, he never arrived and was assumed to be dead. Hester has an affair with Arthur Dimmesdale the pastor of the Puritan church, resulting in the birth of her child Pearl. The town learns the news of the affair and wonders who the father may be. Because Hester refuses to reveal the fathers identity and consider an adulterer, she is branded and forced to forever wear the scarlet letter “A” on her chest....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Puritan]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... Dimmesdale, who had an affair with Hester Prynne, uses the term "Were it God 's will" to ask Roger Chillingsworth whether or not he should admit publicly to the adultery. Dimmesdale says "I could be well content that my labours, and my sorrows, and my sins, and my pains, should shortly end with me, and what is earthly of them be buried in my grave, and the spiritual go with me to my eternal state, rather than you should put your skill to the proof on my behalf." (Hawthorne 182). Hester Prynne and The Reverend Dimmesdale 's affair becomes the center of attention of the 17th century community in Boston....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Puritan]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... After this realization he cries out, saying “with heaven above and Faith below, I will yet stand firm against the devil!” (Hawthorne, “Young Goodman Brown” 453); however, he hears “accents of [the] townspeople… men and women, both pious and ungodly” and “there was one voice, of a young woman, uttering lamentations” whom he recognizes as the voice of his wife, Faith (Hawthorne, “Young Goodman Brown” 453). With this, he shouts for his wife “in a voice of agony and desperation” and succumbs to the devil’s wishes and the hypocrisy of the society; thus, he says that his “Faith is gone… there is no good on earth; and sin is but a name”; he urges for the devil to come to him “for to thee is thi...   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The Scarlet Letter was published in 1850 and set during the 1640s in a community practicing puritan religion. The Scarlet Letter contains themes that connect to situations faced in modern times.The books helps the reader recognize how society has changed and what aspects have stayed the same. Such as the way people are shunned from society, how people grow and change because of society 's views, and the affect society has on the community. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s goal with The Scarlet Letter is to provide an understanding of the puritan religion for the reader as well as lessons of human nature....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Puritan]

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The Silent Rebel By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The Silent Rebel Imagine a society where religion seems very critical and has little individualism. Religion played a very significant factor in Puritan life, so they were required to read the bible and live every moment in a respectful manner to God. Puritan societies believe in doing God’s work, so if someone did not follow the testament, harsh punishments were inflicted upon them. The Massachusetts Bay Colony portrayed itself as a man’s world, where they went to town meetings and made decision about their community in the church....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Puritan]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Imagine a society where religion seems very critical and has little individualism. Religion played a very significant factor in Puritan life, so they were required to read the bible and live every moment in a respectful manner to God. Puritan societies believe in doing God’s work, so if someone did not follow the testament, harsh punishments were inflicted upon them. The Massachusetts Bay Colony portrayed itself as a man’s world, where they went to town meetings and made decision about their community in the church....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Puritan]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- “You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter, a woman named Hester, who is abandoned by her husband for two years, is having an affair with the pastor, Reverend Dimmesdale. Hester gives birth to a daughter while her husband is away which leads people to believe that she is having an affair. The Puritans’s view of sin is very strict, so they believe Hester deserves a terrible punishment.Hester keeps the father hidden from the knowledge of the townspeople, so she receives the brutal punishment by herself....   [tags: Puritan, The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne has a strong focus on religion and the effects that it has on the people of a community. Depending on a persons perception of the Bible, their view of how life and faith should work could be entirely different from someone else’s. This is clearly shown in the various sects of Puritanism because out of all religions similar to catholicism and christianity, it was by far the most strict. This is because the founders of the Puritan religion interpreted the Bible and how faith should work differently than the leaders of the other religions....   [tags: Puritan, The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- For an attempt to purify a religious community of sin, the Puritans in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, have numerous faults due to their blindness of their own hypocrisy. Starting at the beginning of the text, women begin gossiping about Hester. The women talk about how Hester will cover her letter, how they wouldn’t take mercy on her as the magistrates have and how Reverend Dimmesdale,”her godly pastor, takes it very grievously to heart that such a scandal should have come upon his congregation” (Hawthorne 53)....   [tags: Puritan, The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- William Shakespeare once said, “One touch of nature, makes the whole world kin.” In Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter, the Forest is a place of societal freedom while as the Town serves as a place of judgement and false virtue. Some might say that the Scaffold would prove to be a suitable contrast to the Forest, however, the Town provides a more direct contrast to the Forest; truth is welcomed in the natural Forest and punished in the unnatural Town. That opinion is evident throughout the novel as the different themes of secrets destroying their keeper, nature being more forgiving than man, and the hypocrisy of the Puritan society clearly exemplify it....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Shame]

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The Birth Mark By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- In the short story, “The Birth-Mark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, we get to experience the lengths of which someone will go to achieve perfection. But, in the case of this story, this perfection is not a goal for themselves but in someone else. Aylmer is a highly respected man that has delved into many regions of science and his wife, Georgiana, would be considered a classically ideal woman except for one thing, the birth-mark that stains her left cheek. Aylmer’s obsession with his wife’s perfection leads the couple down a very dangerous path intermingling loving devotion and the misuse of science for one’s selfish desires....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Short story, Perfection]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... But now, it is all falsehood. —all emptiness. —all death!" (Hawthorne 188). In this quote Dimmesdale mentioned that “had I one friend, —or were it my worst enemy!” No one knows what he is going through, expect his worst enemy. Then he mentioned, “But now, it is all falsehood. —all emptiness. —all death!” He now has no one that will understand him, all he has is emptiness, falsehood, and death. He is all alone, suffering through the pain that his own sin has given him. No one is judging, and no one bother to care how he really feels in the inside....   [tags: Suffering, Pain, Sin, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- In the seventeenth century, the Puritans left England to practice their own Protestant version of Christianity. The Catholic church tried to control what they worshipped, and they ended up rebelling. Eventually, these same settlers created a group within their own society that was being treated similarly to the way the Puritans were in England; these people were punished in the Salem witch trials with an attempt from society to control a group of people. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Puritan ancestors were involved in these trials....   [tags: Puritan, The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Birthmark

- Nathaniel Hawthorne was part of the Romantic movement during the Gothic time period. Romanticism tends to include some type of interpretation of nature and its beauty. Hawthorne takes this characteristic and contrasts it in view of light versus darkness. In his writings, the audience can see the nature and beauty in terms of light being the good, while man’s sinful nature is looked upon in an opposite and dark way. In “The Birthmark” Nathaniel Hawthorne shows the battle between accepting one’s true, natural beauty and man’s inability to perceive it and appreciate what nature has bestowed....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Short story, Fiction]

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The Birthmark By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Nathaniel Hawthorne did not do much explaining when it came to the characters involved in "The Birthmark". He did not portray the main characters: Aylmer, Georgiana, and Ambidab as human beings, but rather as symbols. While analyzing the story "The Birthmark", I have achieved some great insight of the author 's articulate writing style; especially, his style of making characters have symbolic meaning. In this story, Hawthorne uses his characters to symbolize specific things. In this ambiguous Hawthorne short story, the three characters each symbolize Science, Beauty, and Nature....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Short story, Nature]

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The Birthmark By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- In the short story, “The Birthmark”, Nathaniel Hawthorne tells the story of Aylmer, a man devoted entirely to science, who marries Georgiana, a beautiful young woman with a single imperfection. Georgiana’s imperfection is merely a birthmark on her cheek that bears the resemblance of a tiny crimson hand. Still, this mark becomes the object of Aylmer’s obsession, and he resolves to use his scientific prowess to correct “what Nature left imperfect in her fairest work.” Aylmer succeeds in removing the birthmark; however, he unfortunately causes his wife’s death in the process....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Short story, Science]

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The Birthmark By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- In the world we live in things can sometimes appear to be separated, disconnect and even paradoxical in nature. Life and death, light and dark, good and evil, but what about science and literature. “The Birthmark” was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1848. The short story is about an eminent alchemist whose first love is his work. The story opens with Aylmer persuading a beautiful woman to become his wife. At which point Aylmer notices a small birthmark on her check, and becomes obsessed with this most minute rosy hand that graces her cheek....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Short story, Esotericism]

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The Birthmark, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The Birthmark and Symbolism Cloudy headed and conflicted describe Georgina, one of the main characters in Nathaniel Hawthorne 's “The Birthmark.” In this eerie short story Georgina, who is seemingly perfect, is convinced by her husband, Aylmer who is a scientist obsessed with perfection, that the small birthmark on her face is her only source of imperfection. While others have told her that this birthmark is a sign of magical endowments, Aylmer is disgusted by the sight of the birthmark, referring to is at a defect (Hawthorne 304-5)....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Symbol, Short story]

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The Birthmark By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- ... The vague introduction of the main character foreshadows the unnatural actions that will occur. Only for a brief moment, Aylmer shows a hint of humanity by having found a companion in Georgina. This newly found passion takes him away, briefly, from his scientific devotion. This separation is described as being “weaned”, a term that is usually associated with the detachment of a child from the dependence on a mother for nourishment. The process of weaning is usually permanent, allowing children to sustain themselves....   [tags: Scientific method, Nature, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Birthmark By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Birthmark”, is the story of a crazed scientist whose strive for perfection not only leads to the death of his beautiful wife, but the attempt of man to have power over nature. It follows the story of Aylmer and his obsession with removing the birthmark off his beautiful wife, Georgiana. “His unnatural fixation to his wife’s birthmark even consumes him in his sleep as he dreams of cutting it off much like scraping an apple off its skin.” (Snodgrass 29). This narrative explores the themes of perfection, and the conflict between science and the natural world....   [tags: Science, Experiment, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Nature]

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Analysis Of ' The Scarlet Letter ' By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Zack Klein Miller D-Block English 11 Dimmesdale, The Sinner A sin during the mid 1600’s is quite different than a modern one. For example, in the 17th century people believed that defying a rule of God makes the culprit worthy of being publicly shamed or even killed. Now, sin does not have nearly the same impact for if a person disobeys God they can confess to their priest and be forgiven of their sins. The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne explores the concept of sin in a Puritanical community during the mid 1600’s in Boston, Massachusetts....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

- Hester and the World Around Her Hester is swayed by many forces that she cannot control, the most important being the natural settings that are direct and indirect to her. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter uses lots of instances of nature to affect Hester Prynne and the other characters around her. Nature and the wilderness are very prevalent topics in the book. The book takes place in seventeenth century Salem, so the town is very small with a vast wilderness around Salem. Hester Prynne is controlled in her emotions and actions of nature that take place within the book which makes nature very important....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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Isolation Of The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Isolation is bad(Haven’t found a quote yet” This concept is especially true in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, isolation is thoroughly utilized, in order to portray the lingering physical, social, and emotional consequences of a poor decision. While not the most commonly mentioned, the most glaringly apparent portrayal of physical isolation in the novel details the proximity of Hester 's house in relation to the center to town. Very shortly after her release from confinement, Hester relocates her quarters to a small house on the outskirts of town....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

- The Scarlet Letter in Regards to the Parable of the “Pearl of Great Price” Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter makes use of Biblical allusions to deepen its treatment of the moral superiority of Hester Prynne. Write an essay that explains how familiarity with the parable of the ‘pearl of great price’ from the book of Matthew helps the reader understand the overall meaning of Hawthorne’s novel. Highlight your thesis and claims in yellow. Staple your notes to the back of the essay. In the Book of Matthew, Jesus redefines many ordinances set out by God and speaks to the people mainly in parables, which is a story heavy in comparisons/analogies to teach a moral truth....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

- Nathaniel Hawthorne is a very well known author, especially for one of his more famous novels, The Scarlet Letter. When reading engaging, well-written, and ambiguous novels, such as The Scarlet Letter, we, as students, must go deeper and actually scrutinize the novel and try to depict certain themes or styles that we see developing throughout the course of the book. It is quite easy to see symbolism in this novel; however, it is not as easy to fully understand the thought process that went along with every word, paragraph, and page to The Scarlet Letter, or for that matter, any of Hawthorne’s novels....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

- Characters in compelling pieces of literature normally represent an abstract idea. These ideas can represent a message that the author wants to communicate to us, and they can even represent concepts that allude to disputes in society. In this case, Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author of The Scarlet Letter, creates a novel where his characters are significant in a manner that depicts life in a Puritan society. Hawthorne delicately establishes characters with an influential role in society with extravagant meaning....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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