"The Scarlet Letter"
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The paper discusses how the characters in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" have often been described as allegorical in nature. The paper explains that they seem to represent something throughout the novel. The paper looks at the various views of critics and asserts that the novel uses allegory to highlight the lack of compassion in Puritan society. The paper contends that the whole novel is about Puritan society and the Church where they are attacked for their false teachings, wrong ideals and lack of compassion.
Sample of Sources Used:
- Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter. The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition. W.W. Nina Baym, Editor. Norton & Co. New York, N.Y. 1998.
- Winters, Y. Maule's Curse: Seven Studies in American Obscurantism. New York: New Directions, 1938
- FO Matthiessen. American Renaissance: Art and Expression in the Age of Emerson and Whitman (Galaxy Books): 1941
- Richard, Chase. The American Novel and Its Tradition: The Johns Hopkins University Press; New Ed edition (May 1, 1980)
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