The Individual vs. Society in "The Scarlet Letter"
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The paper discusses the struggles between individual characters and society at large in Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel "The Scarlet Letter." The paper examines Hawthorne's use of symbolism, tone and imagery that demonstrates Hawthorne's belief that an individual's judgment should take precedence over societal norms.
From the Paper:"In literary classic The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, main character Hester Prynne struggles with the conflict between her individual aspirations and those of society. Hester, deemed an Adulterer, lives on the outskirts of society with her daughter born in sin, Pearl. Hester's secret love and father of Pearl, Arthur Dimmesdale, is also an Adulterer but unlike Hester, lives with the secret inside of him until the torture of not exposing himself kills him. Hawthorne believes that an individual's judgment should take precedence over society. He conveys this theme through the use to symbolism, tone, and imagery."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter. New York: Bantam, 1986. Print.
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