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  • The Scarlet Letter - 713 words
    During the romanticism period, Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote the novel, The Scarlet Letter, which used the romanticist idea of deep intuition and inner feelings, allowing the characters to have insight of the plots and secrets hidden in the strict Puritan community that they lived in. Throughout the novel many of the characters have this intuition, making the book more alluring to readers when trying figuring out what each character really knows. At the beginning of the novel, we are shown Pearl's natural child-like instincts for the Preacher, who is actually her father. When Pearl was first a baby, Hester and her were shamed on the scaffold while Reverend Dimmesdale, her father, preached to the ...
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  • An Essay About The Scarlet Letter, Finding Ones Own Truth - 626 words
    An Essay About The Scarlet Letter, Finding One's Own Truth The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne uses diction and symbolism to show the negative effects of stifling conformity verses the positive empowerment found in embarrassing ones own truth. He tries to impress upon his readers that an outsider whether from another physical location, or simply someone who thinks and acts outside that societys definition of acceptable behavior can in fact facilitate positive change within that society regardless of the generation or society. The secret in this novel most likely represents an idea, privacy, or even social censure. The Mary-like character Hester Prynne represents feminism, as the female-he ...
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  • Analysis Of Pearl In Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter - 1,246 words
    Analysis Of Pearl In Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Analysis of Pearl in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter One of the most significant writers of the romantic period in American literature was Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hawthorne wrote stories that opposed the ideas of Transcendentalism. Since he had ancestors of Puritan belief, Hawthorne wrote many stories about Puritan New England. His most famous story is the Scarlet Letter. This novel tells of the punishment of a woman, Hester Prynne, who committed adultery and gave birth to Pearl. A minister of Boston, Arthur Dimmesdale, had an affair with Hester while believing that her husband, Roger Chillingworth, had died. However, Chillingworth did not die ...
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  • Beautiful Disasters: Pearl As A Living Breathing Scarlet Letter - 694 words
    Beautiful Disasters: Pearl As A Living Breathing Scarlet Letter Sometimes beauty is found in places as unexpected as a rosebush growing outside of a prison in a puritan colonial village. Pearl Prynne is an unearthly beautiful child with a wild spirit born under unimaginably sinful conditions, all of which are somehow related to the ideas, actions, and views of others on Hesters punishment. In Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter, Pearl serves as Hesters living, breathing Scarlet letter. Pearl evokes the same emotion and reactions from the townspeople, as does the scarlet letter. The people look at the slight sense of pride Hester has in her letter in the same way they look at the way Hest ...
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  • Characterization In The Scarlet Letter - 1,048 words
    Characterization in The Scarlet Letter Characterization in The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1804. After his graduation from Bowdoin College in Maine, he quickly became a well-known author of literary tales concerning early American life. Between 1825 and 1850, he developed his talent by writing short fiction, and he gained international fame for his fictional novel The Scarlet Letter in 1850 (Clendenning 118). Rufus Wilmot Griswold stated, The frivolous costume and brisk action of the story of fashionable life are easily depicted by the practised sketcher, but a work like "The Scarlet Letter" comes slowly upon the canvas, where passions are commingle ...
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  • Crucible And Scarlet Letter - 423 words
    Crucible And Scarlet Letter Part IV Task The quote, "Our problems are manmade: therefore, they may be solved by man... No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings." by President John F. Kennedy, holds truth. In other words, we create our own problems and make our own choices on how to solve them, in turn, controlling our own destiny. This quote is proven in the play The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, and in the novel The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The Crucible by Arthur Miller uses irony and theme to support the quote. A major theme was jealousy, produced from Abigail. She was envious of Elizabeth's marriage to John Proctor. In order to solve her problem she chose to accuse ...
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  • Effects Of Sin In The Scarlet Letter - 1,028 words
    Effects Of Sin In The Scarlet Letter In Adams fall, we sinned all. This old Sunday-school saying applies well to Nathaniel Hawthornes characters in The Scarlet Letter. The main characters, Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, Roger Chillingworth, as well as the townspeople, all sinned. The story is a study of the effects of sin on the hearts and minds of Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth. Sin strengthens Hester, humanizes Dimmesdale, and turns Chillingworth into a demon. Hester Prynnes sin was adultery. This sin was regarded very seriously by the Puritans, and was often punished by death. Hesters punishment was to endure a public shaming on a scaffold for three hours and wear a scarlet lett ...
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  • Effects Of Sin In The Scarlet Letter - 1,011 words
    ... because, thenceforward, no good can be achieved by them, no evil of the past be redeemed by better service. So, to their own unutterable torment, they go among their fellow creatures looking pure as new-fallen snow while their hearts are all looking speckled and spotted with iniquity of which they cannot rid themselves. Dimmesdales triumphant day, when he finally confesses the truth, comes on Election Day. After giving the greatest sermon of his life, he climbs the scaffold. It is on the very scaffold that he first pleaded with Hester to reveal his identity that he now releases his secret. Chillingworths remarks show the importance of Dimmesdales confession: Hadst thou sought the world e ...
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  • Hawthornes Four Sins As Evidenced In The Scarlet Letter - 513 words
    Hawthorne's Four Sins As Evidenced In The Scarlet Letter The Four Sins in The Scarlet Letter Sin is a word that is definetely not universally defined. Sin is relative to a persons religion, or lack there of. Sin also provokes punishment, be direct (by law) or by a moral lesson. Severity in punishment is also conditional to the society in which the sin is commited. In Puritan society, much like that of TSL, sins are serious and punishment is very severe as compared with our modern standards. Nethaniel Hawthorne, the author of TSL, was very immersed in the concept of sin. He broke sin down into four categories. These categories where as follows: Secret sin, unforgiving sin, generational sin, a ...
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  • How The Letter A Affected Various Characters In The Scarlet Letter - 1,151 words
    How The Letter A Affected Various Characters In The Scarlet Letter The letter A affected many characters in Nathaniel's classic, The Scarlet Letter. It affected not only the main characters of the story, but also of the townspeople who would see this letter embroidered on Heater's dress on a daily basis; and thus it would serve to re-enforce their own repulsion at the woman and her sin, and would inflate their self-righteousness further. The puritans seemed on the surface to be religious and pious, but I felt they were extremely judgmental and unforgiving, who found joy in other people's lapses in their faith. However, this letter affected greatly the lives of Heater, her daughter Pearl, and ...
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  • In The Novel The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne A Major Theme That Is Addressed Is Revenge The Main Conflict Is Betwee - 913 words
    In the novel the Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne a major theme that is addressed is revenge. The main conflict is between the characters Reverend Dimmsedale and Roger Chillingsworth. The problem that surrounds them is that Dimmsedale have a sexual relationship with Hester Prynne resulting in a baby girl, what is weird is that Chillingsworth comes into town the day that Hester is sentenced for public humiliation. When Chillingsworth finally speaks he has to help heal his step- daughter. He then tells Hester not to say anything about his true identity. Dimmsedale wants to give away his secret about their relationship but knows it will bring about the downfall of Hester and himself. He al ...
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  • Literary Analysis Of The Scarlet Letter - 444 words
    Literary Analysis of The Scarlet Letter In chapter 20 of Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter, Hester and Dimmesdale plan to leave the colony on the fourth day en route for the Old World. Dimmesdale's decision to leave with Hester fills him with a sense of freedom from his place of torture, Boston. By creating false hopes for the future, he relinquishes his suffering from his guilt conscience. When Dimmesdale returns from the forest, he is not sure that the recent event with Hester and Pearl was really true. But seeing and Hester and Pearl revives his dreams of a better future together. Their meeting has changed him; he sees everything differently. Suddenly he feels the freedom to ...
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  • One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest And The Scarlet Letter: To Live With Fear - 632 words
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and The Scarlet Letter: To Live With Fear To live with fear and not be overcome by it is the final test of maturity. This test has been "taken" by various literary characters. Chief Bromden in Ken Kesey's One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest and Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter both appear to have taken and passed this test. It first seemed as though the Chief was going to fail this test of maturity in the mental ward that he was committed to. He had locked himself up by acting deaf and dumb. He had immense fear of the "Combine," or society, that ruined things and people and treated them like machines, giving orders and controlling them. ...
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  • Pearl Extension Of Scarlet Letter - 996 words
    Pearl Extension Of Scarlet Letter No other Pearl can be worth more to a story than this Pearl, but no pearl had ever been earned at as high a cost to a person as in Hester Prynne, the powerful Main Character in Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel "The Scarlet Letter". Her daughter Pearl, born into a Puritan prison in more ways than one, is an enigmatic character serving entirely as a vehicle for symbolism. From her introduction as an infant on her mother's scaffold of shame to the stormy peak of the story, Pearl is an empathetic and intelligent child. Throughout the story she absorbs the hidden emotions of her mother and magnifies them for all to see. Pearl is the essence of literary symbolism. She ...
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  • Puritanism In The Scarlet Letter - 976 words
    Puritanism In The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne expresses the aspects of relationships, religion, community, discipline and punishment in the puritan community of 17th century Boston. Relationships between men and women were very constrained and that is what made adultery such a bad sin in the eyes of everyone in the community. Religion seemed to govern over all, people would look up to reverends and the community believed that fate was their destiny. Public discipline and punishment were used to discourage everyone else from committing the same crime or sin as the offending criminal did. The community was to follow the beliefs of god and to do their duties the bes ...
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  • Scarlet Letter - 1,415 words
    Scarlet Letter Hester's Devotion The Romantic movement in American literature greatly expanded the love story genre. In Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter he writes of adultery in a Puritan village. The story deals with the relationship between Hester Prynne, a young bride awaiting her husband, and Arthur Dimmsdale, an inspired Puritan minister who is beloved by the populace. Do Hester and Dimmsdale truly love each other? Hester does indeed love Dimmsdale, but the love is not returned by the preacher. It is obvious from the beginning that Hester loves Dimmsdale. When she is being grilled for the identity of the father of her child in front of the entire villiage, she cares for him enough t ...
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  • Scarlet Letter - 502 words
    Scarlet Letter Since early times, Puritans have been known for their morality in discipline, religious intolerance, and harsh punishments for those defying their beliefs. These Puritan influences had a great impact on early American literature. Nathaniel Hawthorne provides an illustrated look into the Puritans and their community in his classic The Scarlet Letter. Through Hawthorne's use of tone, allusions with Hester and Dimmesdale, and the diction that is used to describe how the village behaves during the multiple scaffold scenes he provides a disapproval for these rigid moralists' extreme way of life. Hawthorne's use of tone has revealed his feelings regarding the Puritans. He starts out ...
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  • Scarlet Letter - 961 words
    Scarlet Letter Patriotism and Fear Patrick Henry and Jonathan Edwards are both spectacular speakers and have the ability to influence a crowd. Henry uses his ability of persuasion to sway the Virginia House of Burgesses. Edwards uses persuasion to give a sermon directed toward sinners and natural men. Henry and Edwards have many parallels and variations in their works. One can distinguish the similarities and differences between Patrick Henry and Jonathan Edwards in the purpose, repetition, and rhetoric of their writings. Jonathan Edwards and Patrick Henry have similar, yet different purposes. Both Henry and Edwards are trying to convince or motivate a group of people to act upon what is rig ...
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  • Scarlet Letter - 1,130 words
    Scarlet Letter In the novel The Scarlet Letter, the scarlet letter A has several meanings throughout the novel. For each character the scarlet letter stands for something different. Each of the main characters interprets the letter in different forms. The townspeople observe the letter as a form of shame and embarrassment. For Hester the letter takes on several different forms. Arthur Dimmesdale, the Reverend, sees the letter on Hesters breast as a constant torture of his sin and secrete. He goes through terrible ordeals throughout the novel. For Roger Chillingworth (Hesters husband), the letter stands for power. The Townspeople see the scarlet letter A as a form of embarrassment for Hester ...
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  • Scarlet Letter - 1,415 words
    Scarlet Letter Hester's Devotion The Romantic movement in American literature greatly expanded the love story genre. In Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter he writes of adultery in a Puritan village. The story deals with the relationship between Hester Prynne, a young bride awaiting her husband, and Arthur Dimmsdale, an inspired Puritan minister who is beloved by the populace. Do Hester and Dimmsdale truly love each other? Hester does indeed love Dimmsdale, but the love is not returned by the preacher. It is obvious from the beginning that Hester loves Dimmsdale. When she is being grilled for the identity of the father of her child in front of the entire villiage, she cares for him enough t ...
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