"The Scarlet Letter"
A paper examines the interaction between the three main characters and other aspects of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter."
# 23502 | 2,263 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 |
Published on Jan 27, 2003 in Literature (American) , History (U.S. American Society, 1640-1750) , English (Analysis)
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In "The Scarlet Letter," Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote about the lives and interactions of Hester Prynne, Roger Chillingworth and Arthur Dimmesdale; three characters in a Puritan society who are affected by adulterous actions. This paper provides an in depth view of each of the three characters and how they relate to each other. In addition, it examines the main symbols and metaphors in Hawthorne's novel and concludes with a look at the negative aspects of the Puritan society in which the characters lived.
From the Paper:"Hawthorne uses symbolism to show how Puritanism is hypocritical and that Puritan religious viewpoints are unnatural. He does this through using contrasting natural and religious symbols in the descriptions of Pearl. He uses the backdrop of the natural world to show that not only is Pearl unidentified in the Puritan culture, but she is also above it.
Hawthorne describes Pearl as a "lovely and immortal flower, out of the rank luxuriance of a guilty passion" (Hawthorne, p.81). This "rank luxuriance" is based on the harsh Puritan morals, which describe Pearl as a mistake or an outcast even though she has done nothing wrong."
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