Articles for tag: Scarlet Letter, The Scarlet Letter

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Analysis of The Scarlet Letter

In describing the first scene in The Scarlet Letter, it is striking how drab and dreary Hawthorne’s descriptions are. He uses words like, “sad-colored garments” and describes structures as, “heavily timbered with oak, and studded with iron spikes” which gives the reader the impression of a strict and unwavering society with the stark and confined ...

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Puritan America: The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter is based on the book written by Nathaniel Hawthorne which was published in 1850. This is the same year of the Compromise of 1850, also known as the Clay compromise, which postponed the American Civil War. This was during a time of great dispute over slavery and state rights. Although the earlier ...

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The Use of Symbolism in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne weaves an interesting web of characters into a plot criticizing Puritan ideals and ways of life. The most effective way he does this is through the use of subtle symbolism throughout the novel. Hawthorne’s style of writing is criticized by many for being far too slow, but beyond the naked eye lies a ...

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The Significance of Puritanism in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Writing

The influences of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s upbringing in Salem, Massachusetts and his Puritan ancestry are evident in his literary works. Many of his writings are expressions of Puritan ideals and the correlation of those ideals with human nature. Considered serious and solitary by nature, Hawthorne used these character traits to clearly portray his feelings toward Puritanism. ...

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The Scarlett Letter – Individuality Within a Puritan Society

Often in society people are criticized, punished and despised for their individual choices and flaws. In the novel, The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author attempts to show the way society casts out individuals simply because their ideas and deeds differ from the common values. Nathaniel Hawthorne uses Hester Prynne to symbolize that those ...

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Hester Prynne’s Growth through Sin in The Scarlet Letter

The story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden is the first case of knowledge being gained through a sinful experience. Many years later this same theme is again depicted in the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, in which Hester goes through much persecution as the result of a sinful incident. ...

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Symbolism and Imagery in The Scarlet Letter

The theme of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter, revolves around one sin: adultery. This sin manages to ruin the lives of Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth. One wonders whether the sin is actually as terrible as the Puritans believe it to be, though. They ruin all natural good with their “harsh determinism and ...

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An Analysis of Hawthorne’s Use of Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter

In the novel The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne uses symbolism as a unique literary device to convey his opinions and views upon the reader in an efficient, hidden manner. The art of symbolism, which involves the use of objects or images which represent an idea, meaning, philosophy, or entity beyond itself, expands the plot of the ...

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The Scarlet Letter: Discussion & Essay Questions

In my class, students are always encouraged to speak their minds. They are more than welcome to oppose my opinions about a particular work of fiction, and more often than not, they also debate with one another. I facilitate these heated discussions through a carefully selected group of discussion questions that are designed to instigate ...