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Love and Hate:"The Scarlet Letter"
This paper provides an analysis of the portrayals of love and hate in "The Scarlet Letter". Relationships are explored and examined using the various interactions between three main characters: Hester, Dimmesdale and Chillingworth.
# 3416 | 1,255 words | 1 source | 2002 | US
Published on Sep 22, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper analyzes relationships in Nathanial Hawthorne's classic tale of passion, sin and redemption, The Scarlet Letter. The author looks at the fine line between love and hate between Hester Prynne and the Reverend Dimmesdale, Hester and Roger Chillingworth, and between Hester and her fellow townspeople.

From the Paper:

"In The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, love and hate are two issues that appear indistinguishable at times. In this story, Hester Prynne wears a scarlet letter for the adultery she committed with Reverend Dimmesdale while she was married to Roger Chillingworth. The details of this emerge as the story progresses, and the story culminates in Dimmesdale passionately declaring his sin, and later dies after his premeditated confession, while Chillingworth dies soon after. As the above quote says, love and hate ?each leaves the passionate lover, or the no less passionate hater, forlorn and desolate by the withdrawal of his subject.? This literally means that the passion and feelings do not differ whether they are intended in love or hate. To love or hate a person with a passion indubitably results in the same feelings, and when the subject of these feelings disappears, the passion felt remains the same."

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