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|The Scarlet Letter||Analysis of scarlet letter||The Scarlet Letter is a novel that deals with the never-ending theme of sin. Throughout history, people have committed all types of sins, and whether they are major or minor, people have been punished. However, the severity of a punishment is very difficult to agree on. Some people feel that sinners should be deeply punished no matter how little the wrongdoing was. Others feel th...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Anyalization of pearl from the 'scarlet letter'||One of the most significant writers of the romantic period in American literature was Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hawthorne wrote stories that opposed the ideas of Transcendentalism. Since he had ancestors of Puritan belief, Hawthorne wrote many stories about Puritan New England. His most famous story is the Scarlet Letter. This novel tells of the punishment of a woman, Hester Prynne, who...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Character analysis of arthur dimmesdale from the scarlet lett||Character Analysis of Arthur Dimmesdale The Scarlet Letter is a story of characters that have to live and deal with the effects of sin in different ways. Of these characters, the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale is the character portrayed as the most weak and unnoble. Despite this portrayal Dimmesdale was a stronger character than given credit for. His unbelievable amount of control in his...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Character analysis of arthur dimmesdale in "the scarlet letter"||Character Analysis of Arthur Dimmesdale in "The Scarlet Letter" The Scarlet Letter is a story of characters that have to live and deal with the effects of sin in different ways. Of these characters, the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale is the character portrayed as the most weak and unnoble. Despite this portrayal Dimmesdale was a stronger character than given credit for. His unbelievabl...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Comparison of crucible and the scarlet letter||Sofia Kaufman E-Block 12/15/99 Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and Arthur Miller's The Crucible are both distinctly different narratives of the Salem Witch trials. The Scarlet Letter is a novel and The Crucible is a play. While The Scarlet Letter deals mainly with the sin of adultery, The Crucible mainly deals with witchcraft. Both have obvious similarities like the setting a...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Essay on the scarlet letter||In Nathaniel Hawthorne"s The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne"s scarlet token liberates her more than it punishes her. First of all, Hester"s soul is freed by her admission of her crime; by enduring her earthly punishment, Hester is assured of a place in the heavens. Also, though her appearance is much hampered by the scarlet letter, her mind is freed by it, that an intellectual passion r...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Evil of isolation (on the scarlet letter)||Evil of Isolation In the New Testament it states that "the wages of sin is death." Though the penalty of sin in The Scarlet Letter is not a termination of life, the evil of isolation can be a physically, morally, and socially tortuous event in Puritan society. Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale, in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, are both victims of the cruel isolation from Puritan s...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Guilt in the scarlet letter and the crucible||Scarlet Letter/Crucible Essay The presence of guilt has been felt by all human beings. As guilt grows in a person"s life it eventually begins to have a deteriorating effect on the individual. In both The Scarlet Letter and The Crucible more than one of the characters are experiencing some form of guilt and the effects of the public"s opinion on their own personal si...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Hester||Tim Gibson Hour 7 HESTER PRYNE Hester Pryne, after being punished for her sin, lived an important life. In "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester was convicted of adultery. However, after her conviction, she managed to raise a daughter, became an important seamstress in her community, and set an example for her close-knit community. Pearl, the daughter of...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Hester in the scarlet letter||The Scarlet Letter Throughout Nathaniel Hawthorne's book The Scarlet Letter, Hester's attitudes toward her adultery are ambivalent. This ambivalence is shown by breaking the book into three different parts. In each part her attitudes change significantly. Hester starts by seeing her act as a sin that she is sorry for committing. She changes and no longer feels sorry for the sin. Fina...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Hester prynne in 'the scarlet letter'||In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynne and her daughter Pearl are isolated from society; this is shown by where they live, the action from people toward Pearl and Pearl's reaction, and finally the response of the community toward Hester's scarlet letter. Hester and Pearl are isolated by living so far out as they do. Pearl shows signs that she is brought up without a fr...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Hester, what a change!||Hester, What a Change! The Puritans came from England in the sixteen hundreds to break free from the laws and regulations made by the king of England. In the new world, they were able to practice their own form of religion. The Puritans believed in God and His laws. "A Young Puritan"s Code" was "Being sensible, that I am unable to do anything without God"s help, I do humbly entreat him by ...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Hester's individualism as present in hawthorne's the scarlet||In Hawthorne's revered novel The Scarlet Letter, the use of Romanticism plays an important role in the development of his characters. He effectively demonstrates individualism in Hester to further our understanding of the difficulties of living in Boston, the stern, joyless world of Puritan New England. It is all gloom and doom. If the sun ever shines, one could hardly notice. The entire pl...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Hololiterature- a holographic interpretation of the scarlet l||Hololiterature: a Holographic Interpretation of the Scarlet Letter Comprehension of anything requires a framework already in place in order to place it in out sphere of reference. Especially those that are "fuzzy" or difficult to nail down. The brain and the atom are not fully understood, but by comparing functions, structures, and similar operations to known items or concepts one can obta...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Hypocrisy in the scarlet letter||The Scarlet H The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is about the trials and tribulations of Hester Prynne, a woman living in colonial Boston. Found guilty of adultery, Hester's punishment is to wear a visible symbol of her sin: the scarlet letter "A." Through the book, the reader comes to know Hester, the adulteress; Dimmesdale, the holy man Hester had the affair with; and C...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Light and darkness in the scarlet letter||Mitchell Hochberg English 1/11/96 Light and Darkness Nathaniel Hawthorne"s The Scarlet Letter is one of the most analyzed and most discussed literary works in American literature and for good reason. Hawthorne"s ambiguity and his intense use of symbols have made this work incredibly complex and incredibly bothersome. In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses many symbols to give...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Nathaniel hawthorne's 'the scarlet letter'-character analysis||Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, provides us with intricate characters to analyze and evaluate. Hawthorne carefully constructs his characters, giving them each different emotions, values, physical attributes, and thus creating different souls. One sees character development throughout the book, until at the end, one is left with an image of a seemingly "real" person. One of Hawthor...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Pearl's contribution to the scarlet letter||Pearl's Contribution to the Scarlet Letter In Hawthorne's epic novel, The Scarlet Letter he discusses Pearl, a main character, and her contribution in making the novel a romantic one. Hawthorne uses three types of romantic topics relating to Pearl. Stereotypical characters, supernaturalness of characters, and the imaginary aspect of characters are all qualities of romantic language Ha...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Role misriss hibbons plays in the book 'the scarlet letter'||Evil can be defined as, "That which is the reverse of good, physically or morally; whatever is censurable painful, disastrous, or undesirable." In the novel "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mistriss Hibbins can also be defined in those terms. She is believed to be evil by many of the characters. Henry Louis Mencken once said, "It is a sin to believe evil of others, bu...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Scarlet letter||In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, life is centered around a rigid Puritan society in which one is unable to divulge his or her innermost thoughts and secrets. Every human being needs the opportunity to express how he or she truly feels, otherwise the emotions are bottled up until they become volatile. Unfortunately, Puritan society did not permit this kind of expressi...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Scarlet letter||For thousands of years, humans have confronted their sinfulness. Some trust in their religious faith to help with their struggles, some sin more to hide the truth. But in the end, man must stand alone â“ as a sinful creature before God. In Nathaniel Hawthorne"s The Scarlet Letter, Dimmesdale has a difficult time finding a place to relieve his sin. The Scarlet Letter"s scaffold is a place ...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Scarlet letter||Chapter II (pg. 59, 60, 64) The Unavoidable Truth The isolation and courage that Hester Pryne felt when she walked to the scaffold to face reality brought out my deepest sympathy and respect for her. Hester, followed by a crowd of "stern-browed men," "unkindly visaged women," and "curious school boys," begins the walk from the jail to the scaffold. She seems to be proud and dignified. How...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Scarlet letter (chapters one through six)||Nathaniel Hawthorn started writing The Scarlet Letter in 1847 and it was published in 1850. The Scarlet Letter is recognize by many "critics as being one of the greatest of American novels."1 Hawthorn created his own individual style of "romance," a style of writing. His own individual style of writing is now c...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Scarlet letter 2||Q: If the book did not evoke any past memories or associations, do you consider it literature? Based on which other criteria? I. I did not make a very clear connection with the text at all during my reading of it. Rosenblat said "The readers attention to the text activates certain elements in his past experience-external reference, internal response-that have become linked with the verba...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Scarlet letter charactor analysis||Hester Prynne was a beautiful, young, tall woman with shiny dark hair, piercing black eyes, and a beautiful complexion. She was living in Amsterdam with her husband, Roger Chillingworth, until he sent her to America alone while he cleared up business matters. In America, Hester had a love affair with Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale and realized she was pregnant with his baby. Nobody realized who the...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Scarlet letter paper||Scarlet Letter Paper "What is one man"s poisonâ¦is another"s meat or drink," Beaumont and Fletcher wrote in one of their plays. Almost everything in the world is interpretable in at least two conflicting ways. In The Scarlet Letter, the Puritan society shuns a character named Pearl, yet the author, who lived in the Romantic period, views her with awe and reverence. Nathaniel Hawthorne"s us...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Scarlet letter response||Response to The Scarlet Letter "Confess thy truth and thou shall have eternal rest." I belive that is the moral to be taught in this novel of inspirational love, yet a novel of much sorrow. The impossible became possible in The Scarlet Letter, a story set back in the Puritan Times. In this response, I will give my reactions in writing to different aspects of the novel;t...|
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|The Scarlet Letter||Scarlet letter: who should punish a sinner? religion, society, or individuals||Scarlet Letter: Who Should Punish A Sinner? Religion, Society, or Individuals Who should punish a sinner? Should it be religion, society, or the individual? In Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter all three affect the main character Hester Prynne. Religion punishes her with the Scarlet Letter, society ostracizes her as punishment, and individually she was able to move on in life but still...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Scarlet letter's use of symbolism to show psychological effects of sin||"The actâ¦gross and brief, and brings loathing after it." This was said by St. Augustine, regarding immorality. This is discovered to be very true by the main characters in The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne's story of a woman (Hester) who lives with the Puritans and commits adultery with the local minister (Dimmesdale). In his novel, Hawthorne shows that si...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Scarlett||Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley "Scarlett" is about a southern woman who had survived the Civil War, had been widowed twice with two children. She got married again to Rhett Butler, and they had a daughter who was killed when she fell off a horse. Since the death of the child, her husband did not want anything to do with Scarlett. Rhett gave Scarlett all the money she ...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Scarlett letter chapter summarys||~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ + ENGLISH III AP: Scarlett Letter + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Scarlet Letter A Reading Log by Brandon Moeller English III AP Fisher-7 8/7/96 CHAPTER 1- The Prison-Door- I found this one page introductory chapter to be very dramatic as it explained the history of the colony by telling the history of the prison-door. From the looks o...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Sin in the scarlet letter||Everyone has violated either moral or religious law at least once in his or her entire lifetime. On the outside, they might be "looking pure as new-fallen snow; while their hearts are all speckled and spotted with iniquity of which they cannot rid themselves."(p.116) Some walk secretly with this heavy sin in their heart, while others get shamed in public because their sin is displaye...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Summary of nathaniel hawthorne's 'the scarlet letter'||Summary of Nathaniel Hawthornes "The Scarlet Letter" The story takes place in the Puritan village of Boston, Massachusetts, during the first half of the 17th Century. Several years before the novel begins, Hester Prynne came to the New World to await the arrival of her husband who had business to conclude in Europe. However, Hester's husband was captured by Indians upon his arrival in New E...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Symbolism of peal in the scarlet letter||The Scarlet Letter is a book of much symbolism. One of the most complex and misunderstood symbols in the book is Peal, the daughter of Hester Prynne. Pearl, throughout the story, developes into a dynamic symbol- one that is always changing. As the novel progresses, Pearl grows older, and it's easy for the reader to want to explore some of the symbolism which Pearl comes to represent throughout the...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Symbolism of the letter a throughout 'the scarlet letter'||Symbolism of the Letter A Throughout Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter includes many profound and important symbols. This device of symbolism is portrayed well in the novel, especially through the scarlet letter "A". The "A" is the best example because of the changes in the meaning throughout the novel. In the beginning of the novel, the...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Symbollism in the scarlett letter||British Literature Matt Gordon 9-22-96 Symbolism In The Scarlet Letter Symbolism in literature is the deepness and hidden meaning in a piece of work. It is often used to represent a moral or religious belief or value. Without symbolism literature is just a bunch of meaningless words on paper. The most symbolic piece of work in American Literature is Nathaniel Hawthorne"s The Scarlet...|
|The Scarlet Letter||The affects of sin on man in the scarlett letter||The Affects of Sin on the Individual in The Scarlet Letter In the novel, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, there is a reoccurring theme of the affects of sin on man. The three main characters, Hester Pryne, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingsworth, are all affected by the sin of Hester Pryne and Arthur Dimmesdale. Hester Pryne is strengthened by the sin, Arthur Dimmesda...|
|The Scarlet Letter||The crucible vs the scarlet letter||Two hundred years ago, the church was the center of life in many New England towns. The church provided not only religions guidance but, was a place for social gathering and a chance for neighbors to keep in touch. This is shown in depth in Boston, by Nathaniel Hawthorne"s, The Scarlet Letter and in Salem, by Arthur Miller"s, The Crucible. Both towns are perfect models of the churches" affect...|
|The Scarlet Letter||The effects and implications of sin in the scarlet letter||Winnie Yang Oct. 29, 1996 Hon. English III Hour I The Effects and Implications of Sin in The Scarlet Letter Sin is the transgression of a moral code designated by either society or the transgressor. The Puritans of Boston in the novel, The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, establish a rigid moral code by which to purge their society of devian...|
|The Scarlet Letter||The effects of sin in the scarlet letter||The Effects of Sin in The Scarlet Letter Sin is the main theme in the Scarlet Letter. All of the characters in the book were somehow affected by the main sin, which was adultery. The three main characters were the most widely affected, and their whole lives were molded by the way they dealt with the sin. The sin surrounds, encloses, and strangles them. There was no escaping fro...|
|The Scarlet Letter||The puritan society in n hawthorne's 'the scarlet letter'||The Puritan Society in N. Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" In the introductory sketch to Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel the "The Scarlet Letter", the reader is informed that one of the author's ancestors persecuted the Quakers harshly. The latter's son was a high judge in the Salem witch trials, put into literary form in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" (Judge Hathorne appears there). We learn ...|
|The Scarlet Letter||The scaffold||The Scaffold The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is characterized by three major events that occur on the town scaffold. What takes place on this platform will determine the path which the three main characters, Hester Prynne, Mr. Dimmsdale, and their daughter Pearl will follow. The three scenes mark the beginning, middle, and end of their ignominy. The scaffold is a platform w...|
|The Scarlet Letter||The scaffold's power||The Scaffold's Power Recurring events show great significance and elucidate the truth beneath appearances. In The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne chooses the scaffold scenes to show powerful differences and similarities. Each scaffold scene foreshadows the next and brings greater understanding of the novel. By beginning with the first, continuing with the middle, and ending ...|
|The Scarlet Letter||The scarlet letter||People judge others they encounter based upon their own values. These values are acquired through experiences in the home, school, at work, and with friends. A person is taught from their parents at a very young age what is right and wrong, but they may fail to realize that the values they are taught are filtered through the minds of those who teach. Therefore one is a product of...|
|The Scarlet Letter||The scarlet letter||The Scarlet Letter- In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, the letter "A" changes it's meaning many different times. This change is significant. It shows growth in the characters, and the community in which they live. The letter "A" begins as a symbol of sin. It then becomes a symbol of her ability to do and help things, and finally it becomes a sy...|
|The Scarlet Letter||The scarlet letter||THE SCARLET LETTER Since the dawn of time people have read, studied andenjoyed books in which the hero or heroes fall from grace.No matter who those heroes are- the human race in The Bible,the demon prince Lestat in Anne Rice's "Vampire Chronicles"or a certain Thane of Cawdor in "Macbeth"- sin plays a greatpart in all of their downfalls and subsequent ressurections.And the three ...|
|The Scarlet Letter||The scarlet letter - hester's alienation||The Scarlet Letter - Hester"s Alienation Throughout his book The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne is preoccupied with the relationship between the individual and society. Hester"s sin and subsequent condemnation alienate her. No where is this alienation more apparent than in Chapter 5, "Hester at her Needle". Condemned by her sin of passion, Hester is separated from her ...|
|The Scarlet Letter||The scarlet letter 2||Subject: English/History --Review of "The Scarlet Letter" The Scarlet Letter Adultery, betrayal, promiscuity, subterfuge, and intrigue, all of which would make an excellent coming attraction on the Hollywood scene and probably a pretty good book. Add Puritan ideals and writing styles, making it long, drawn out, tedious, w...|
|The Scarlet Letter||The scarlet letter- an analysis of symbolism||March 18,1994 The Scarlet Letter: An Analysis of Symbolism The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is generally considered to be the first American symbolic novel. A symbol is something which is used to represent something broader in meaning. The most obvious symbol in the novel is the actual scarlet "A" which both the criticism and I agree upon. This "A" is the literal...|
|The Scarlet Letter||The scarlet letter: darkness illuminated||The Scarlet Letter: Darkness Illuminated Since the conception of humanity, man has been fascinated with that presence which illuminates, yet cannot be touched. Mankind has brought it into his religions, giving it a great deal of importance in his creed. Following in the footsteps of his ancestors, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses light as a tool of God that illuminates the darkness of huma...|
|The Scarlet Letter||The scarlet letter: do you dread guilt?||The Scarlet Letter: Do You Dread Guilt? What is guilt? We all have guilt about something. Maybe forgetting something, lied about something, or even did something that shouldn't of been done. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne we saw guilt fester in the minds and outward appearance of the main characters, Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth. When yo...|
|The Scarlet Letter||The scarlet letter: evil of isolation||The Scarlet Letter: Evil of Isolation In the New Testament it states that "the wages of sin is death." Though the penalty of sin in The Scarlet Letter is not a termination of life, the evil of isolation can be a physically, morally, and socially tortuous event in Puritan society. Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale, in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, are both victims of the cruel iso...|
|The Scarlet Letter||The scarlet letter: much symbolism||The Scarlet Letter: Much Symbolism The Scarlet Letter is a book of much symbolism. One of the most complex and misunderstood symbols in the book is Pearl, the daughter of Hester Prynne. Pearl, throughout the story, develops into a dynamic symbol - one that is always changing. In the following essay, I will explore some of the symbolism which Pearl came to represent througho...|
|The Scarlet Letter||The scarlet letter: review||The Scarlet Letter: Review Adultery, betrayal, promiscuity, subterfuge, and intrigue, all of which would make an excellent coming attraction on the Hollywood scene and probably a pretty good book. Add Puritan ideals and writing styles, making it long, drawn out, tedious, wearisome, sleep inducing, insipidly asinine, and the end result is The Scarlet Letter. Despite all these...|
|The Scarlet Letter||The scarlet letter: symbolism||The Scarlet Letter: Symbolism British Literature Matt Gordon 9-22-96 Symbolism in literature is the deepness and hidden meaning in a piece of work. It is often used to represent a moral or religious belief or value. Without symbolism literature is just a bunch of meaningless words on paper. The most symbolic piece of work in American Literature is Nathaniel Hawthorne's The ...|
|The Scarlet Letter||The scarlet letter: symbolism in the forest||The Scarlet Letter: Symbolism in the Forest "The path strangled onward into the mystery of the primeval forest"(179). This sentence displays just one of the multiple personalities that the forest symbolizes in The Scarlet Letter written by Nathaniel Hawthorn. As seen in the epic story Wizard of OZ, the forest represents a place of evil and delight, but in the Scarlet Letter the for...|
|The Scarlet Letter||The scarlet letter: the false qualities of life||The Scarlet Letter: The False Qualities of Life Irish novelist Brian Moore observed, "There comes a point in many people's lives when they can no longer play the role they have chosen for themselves" (Bookshelf 95). From Hollywood movie stars to professional athletes, people have and will continue to lead false lives, under the public spotlight, concealing their personal trav...|
|The Scarlet Letter||The scarlet letter: the harsh puritan society||The Scarlet Letter: The Harsh Puritan Society In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, life is centered around a rigid, Puritanistic-structured society in which one is unable to divulge his or her innermost thoughts and secrets. Every human being needs the opportunity to express how they truly feel, or the emotion is bottled up until it becomes volatile. Unfortunately, Puritan socie...|
|The Scarlet Letter||The scarlet letter: the scaffold's power||The Scarlet Letter: The Scaffold's Power Recurring events show great significance and elucidate the truth beneath appearances. In The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne chooses the scaffold scenes to show powerful differences and similarities. Each scaffold scene foreshadows the next and brings greater understanding of the novel. By beginning with the first, continuing with t...|
|The Scarlet Letter||The scarlet letter: the symbol of the scarlet letter||The Scarlet Letter: The Symbol of the Scarlet Letter In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne's scarlet token liberates her more than it punishes her. First of all, Hester's soul is freed by her admission of her crime; by enduring her earthly punishment, Hester is assured of a place in the heavens. Also, though her appearance is much hampered by the scarlet...|
|The Scarlet Letter||The scarlet letter: the unavoidable truth||The Scarlet Letter: The Unavoidable Truth Chapter II (pg. 59, 60, 64) The isolation and courage that Hester Pryne felt when she walked to the scaffold to face reality brought out my deepest sympathy and respect for her. Hester, followed by a crowd of "stern-browed men," "unkindly visaged women," and "curious school boys," begins the walk from the jail to the scaffold. She seems to ...|
|The Scarlet Letter||The scarlett letter||The Scarlet Letter is a book of much symbolism. One of the most complex and misunderstood symbols in the book is Pearl, the daughter of Hester Prynne. Pearl, throughout the story, develops into a dynamic symbol - one that is always changing. In the following essay, I will explore some of the symbolism which Pearl came to represent throughout the novel. In The Sca...|
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|The Scarlet Letter||The symbolism of the scarlet letter's pearl||The Scarlet Letter is a book of much symbolism. One of the most complex and misunderstood symbols in the book is Pearl, the daughter of Hester Prynne. Pearl, throughout the story, develops into a dynamic symbol - one that is always changing. In the following essay, I will explore some of the symbolism which Pearl came to represent throughout the novel. In The Scarlet Lette...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Thesis comparing scarlet letter and guilt||Many criminals today serve their time in prison and are then set free. Most of them go on to commit other crimes, without learning the lesson their punishment was meant to teach. the worst punishment possible is torture and to live with ones own guilt. In The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne is punished by having to stnd on a scaffold for three hours and having to wear a scarlet lett...|
|The Scarlet Letter||Thesis statement- why roger chillingworth and author dimmesda||The Scarlet Letter is a story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The story's setting is in the 1850's during the puritan times in Boston, Massachusetts. Roger Chillingworth was one of the main characters along with Hester Prynne and Author Dimmesdale. Roger Chillingworth was a small, thin, and was slightly deformed in appearance with one shoulder being higher than the other. He was described o...|
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AP English 9 September, 2012 Analysis of the Three Scaffold Scenes In Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter, there are three detailed scaffold scenes, each of which embody significant descriptive elements and ultimately unite the book as a whole. The three eminent elements found amongst these scenes are the four main character’s physical appearances, behaviors and demeanors. Through these characters, Hawthorne suggests valid points about goodness, sin, and guilt, which are encoded in the form of symbols, signs, and events.
The first scaffold scene is verbally focused upon Hester and the scarlet letter, but when dissected and viewed through an analytical lens, Hawthorne endows his audience with an amassment of other character and plot based elements. Hester Prynne is depicted as a beautiful young woman in this scene with “dark abundant hair” and a lady like affinity. The irony weaved within this is that people are not paying attention to her outward appearance, for they are only gathering around her to observe the scarlet letter for themselves.
One of the first descriptions shortly prior to the actual scaffold scene is of the scarlet letter pinned upon Hester’s bosom; it is a red “A” brilliantly embroidered by Hester herself with gold thread, thus creating a gorgeous piece of embroidery. The beauty of the scarlet letter drastically contrasts with its shameful recognition of adultery, analogous to how Hester is beautiful, yet burdened with the ownership to an ignominious affair. The “scarlet letter” is literally a symbol intended to mark Hester’s sin.
Through its beautiful and bold design, it is conveyed to the reader that Hester is not hiding behind denial, nor afraid to accept the branding mark of her unbiblical actions, which are also blatantly represented by sin. However, goodness is also prevalent through Hester’s behavior. When Dimmesdale asked who her lover was, Hester refuses to capitulate and makes the noble decision to keep his name covert, thus sacrificing her body to wear the scarlet letter forever. It is Hester’s demeanor in this scaffold scene that symbolizes her utter guilt.
Hawthorne writes, “Had a roar of laughter burst from the multitude–each man, each woman, each little shrill-voiced child, contributing their individual parts–Hester Prynne might have repaid them all with a bitter and disdainful smile. But, under the leaden infliction which it was her doom to endure, she felt, at moments, as if she must needs shriek out with the full power of her lungs, and cast herself from the scaffold down upon the ground, or else go mad at once. ”(Hawthorne 52-53) This quote explains how Hester’s guilt and frustration does threaten to exalt from within her as a cacophony of screams.
However, instead of appeasing to society and breaking down, she locks her broken feelings of guilt within herself and allows it to fabricate a callous demeanor. Mr. Dimmesdale is delineated as a young man with a high set white brow leaving an apprehensive look on his face, trembling lips that he forcefully clenched through his own self restraint, and large brown eyes that were described as “melancholy. ” These worrisome features were directly caused by the guilt of his own denial slowly gnawing away at his heart.
It is clearly stated that his facial expressions differ from those of Hester’s even though they both committed the same sin, but why? Well, Hester is considered the publicly know sinner in this scenario, thus she does not feel the same perpetual guilt that Dimmesdale does for being too cowardly to confess his sins. However, while lecturing Hester he exclaims, “If thou feelest it to be for thy soul’s peace, and that thy earthly punishment will thereby be made more effectual to salvation, I charge thee to speak out the name of thy fellow-sinner and fellow-sufferer! (Hawthorne 62) Dimmesdale said this hoping that Hester would be strong enough to expose the hidden sin that he could not find the courage to confess, but due to her still existing feelings for Dimmesdale, Hester repudiates his demands. Although his attempts to publicly repent fail, there is goodness found within Dimmesdale’s intentions. Lastly, guilt and anguish completely compose Dimmesdale’s demeanor in the first scaffold scene, and it is easily detected upon his face. As the pain from his bitter ignominy augments within him, he clutches his heart to assuage the searing burn.
During this first scaffold scene Pearl is just a small infant, but acts as a symbol of goodness, guilt, and sin. Due to the fact that she is a baby, Pearl withholds an innocence associated with goodness. However, the child is a product of sin and externally symbolizes her parent’s frowned upon affair. Pearl’s parents also both experience the feeling of guilt for their actions throughout this scene. Although they brought upon the guilt by themselves, Pearl is innately the image of their regret. The last important character that is involved in these scenes is Roger Chillingwortth. At this point in the novel, he is haracterized as a short middle aged man with an intelligent physique and is identified by his uneven shoulders and slightly deformed figure. It is referenced multiple times that Chillingworth is comparable to the devil in both his appearance and demeanor, thus directly making him a symbol of sin. This scaffold scene is the initiative spark that ignites his obsession to find the man who has betrayed him. He makes eye contact with Hester at one point and signals her to keep his anonymity by casting his finger over his lips. Also, Chillingworth played the part as a stranger and asked another townsman who Hester was and what she had done.
He also hollered, “But he will be known! -he will be known! -he will be known! ”(Hawthorne 58) foreshadowing his persistent search for the man who had sinned against him. At the end of the scene, Chillingworth is caught up in a vengeful state of mind as the thought of revealing the secret sinner’s identity consumes him. The second scaffold scenes main purpose is to exemplify Dimmesdale’s utter agony and inner struggles relating to his veiling ignominy. Hawthorne adds in a variety of symbols that seem to emphasize the guilt causing Dimmesdale to internally writhe in pain.
Hester Prynne arrives to the second scaffold scene a little while after Dimmesdale had cried out in repentance. She was attired in her ordinary clothing with Pearl by her side as always. Dimmesdale spots little Pearl and calls her and Hester over to the scaffold to join him and link hands. The “A” is once again resurfaced when Hawthorne writes, “And there stood the minister, with his hand over his heart; and Hester Prynne, with the embroidered letter glimmering on her bosom; and little Pearl, herself a symbol, and the connecting link between the two of them. (Hawthorne 144), but this time it is symbolizing goodness through the reunion of Hester, Dimmesdale, and their daughter. It is interesting how Hester stands upon the very same scaffold that she had stood upon seven years prior with the same two significant people, but this time she is listening to Dimmesdale confess his sins instead. In the second scaffold scene, Dimmesdale’s health has further deteriorated since his guilt has been slowly killing him from the inside out.
He exclaims how he wants to stand on the scaffold until the morning sun lightens the sky, but cannot because of the cold evening air irritating his arthritis and turning his throat raw. Hawthorne also describes Dimmesdale once again clutching his heart and resembling his guilt, which continues to fester inside of him and torment his soul. A meteor shower rains above Dimmesdale, Hester, and Pearl lighting up a red “A” in the sky, which is thought to represent the death of Governor Winthrop by all the townspeople, but Dimmesdale is acute enough to know better than to believe that.
He knows very well that the red “A” was displayed to resemble his silent, yet bold repentance of his sin. Although Dimmesdale makes progress towards repentance in this scene, when Pearl asks him to join her and Hester upon the scaffold publicly, Dimmesdale declines and tells her to wait until judgment day. This is another exemplification of Dimmesdale’s weakened morals and symbolizes his sin in the manner of which it is too powerful for him to dominate.
Dimmesdale sustains his melancholy and ill demeanor for the most part throughout this scene, but there is a slight aberration within him which he should be commended for; this was the first time he had ever truly confessed to his sins. Dimmesdale says himself, “Ye have both been here before, but I was not with you. Come up hither once again, and we will stand all three together! ” meaning that when he stood on the scaffold the first time he was not there to support Hester and little Pearl, but this time he wants to stand with them in union.
Although there were only a few people present to hear him boast in his weakness, he still stood upon the scaffold and spoke about his most wretched sin symbolizing a miniscule step in the direction of goodness. Pearl is significantly older in the second scaffold scene than she was in the first. At this point in the book, she has aged into a beautiful young child and strongly resembles her mother’s scarlet letter. Her innocence has eroded away and she is viewed through many strong allegorical lenses; her mother refers to her as a “living hieroglyphic” in the manner that Pearl constantly reminds Hester and Dimmesdale of their sin.
Society sees Pearl as the “devil’s work” since they perceive she was only made out of sin and not derived from the glory of God. While Dimmesdale is holding Pearl’s hand, she asks him to stand with Hester and her in front of the whole town on the scaffold, and when he declines she tries to pull her hand away. This small gesture is another action that indicates Pearl’s refusal to accept Dimmesdale until he admits he is her father to the public. Pearl maintains her usual clever and “elfish” demeanor during this scene symbolizing an untamable freedom that is unfathomable to the orthodox Puritan colony.
Hawthorne uses the meteor in the second scaffold scene to enhance the hideous features of Chillingworth. It is interesting how the light from the meteor that formed the scarlet “A” in the sky made his unappealing appearance intensified because it is analogous to Chillingworth’s relationship with the scarlet letter; the sense of betrayal and sin that the scarlet letter has shed upon Chillingworth has changed him into a fiend and ugly old man consumed by the need to have a victim.
There are also instances within this scene directly comparing Chillingworth to the devil such as when Hawthorne writes, “Certainly, if the meteor up the sky, and disclosed the earth, with an awfulness that admonished Hester Prynne and the clergyman of the day of judgment, then might Roger Chillingworth have passed with them for the arch-fiend, standing there, with a smile and scowl, to claim his own. ” (Hawthorne 145) This excerpt undeviatingly makes a connection between Chillingworth and sin as the devil is perhaps the most symbolic reference to sin and evil.
Also, Chillingworth witnesses Dimmesdale, Hester, and Pearl’s reunion under the cloak of darkness, which confirms his suspicions of Dimmesdale being Hester’s mutual sinner and escalates his revenge. When Chillingworth is finally discerned by Pearl, he acts as if he has simply come to bring Dimmesdale back to their house, contributing to his cunning and deceitful demeanor. Once again, Chillingworth has distinguished himself as a man living out of betrayal and malevolence.
The third and final scaffold scene illustrates Dimmesdales full repentance of his sin, thus casting change upon all of the main characters. Through his repentance Dimmesdale salvages his soul from the guilt, ameliorates Hester of her burden, unites Pearl to her humanity, and rids Chillingworth of his victim. Over the course of the seven years between the first and third scaffold scene, Hester’s appearance drastically changes. In the beginning of the book, she is illustrated as a beautiful young woman, but through the years her beauty has essentially vanished along with all of her qualities of femininity.
Previous to the third scaffold scene, Hawthorne states, “If she survive, the tenderness will either be crushed out of her, or—and the outward semblance is the same—crushed so deeply into her heart that it can never show itself more. ”(Hawthorne 152) Hester’s homely physical appearance at the third scaffold scene resembles her loss of tenderness due to her years spent living in sin. After Dimmesdale makes his public confession, Hester gingerly holds his head and asks him if they will spend eternity together now that they have endured the suffering for their sins.
Dimmesdale replies that God knows what they have done and had blessed them both with the torture to help navigate their way to repentance, but they would not spend eternity together in heaven. This is resembled years later when Hester is buried near Dimmesdale, but instead of sharing a grave, they only share a tombstone. This is comparable to that fact that Hest and Dimmesdale are both in heaven, but are not there as a united pair, thus exemplifying that even after her sin is forgiven Hester is forever forced to face the consequences.
Hester’s demeanor after this scene changes as her dream of being with Dimmesdale becomes utterly impossible for her to fulfill. This unfortunate fate is an honest representation of God’s eternal punishment towards sin. Years after Hester’s disappearance from the Puritan colony, she returns to her previous position as the isolated sinner and reclaims her ownership to the scarlet letter by wearing it on her bosom once again. This represents her reluctance to let her sin go because woven within the caustic strands of her wrong doings laid her only connection to her true love.
Dimmesdale is the main focus of this particular scene as his self-acceptance towards his sin seems to progress in the right direction through each scaffold scene. In the third scaffold scene, Dimmesdale’s physical appearance is described, “The glow, which they had just before beheld burning on his cheek, was extinguished, like a flame that sinks down hopelessly among the late-decaying embers. ” (Hawthorne 235) basically defining him as a man on his death bed.
This description demonstrates the severe destruction that guilt can cause a person over time if the penance is not fully endured. As if a very popular figure standing on a scaffold in a crowd of people is not captivating enough, it is said that the sun shone down upon him and illuminated his figure, setting him apart from the rest of the scenery. Also, Hawthorne includes a part in this scene when Dimmesdale rips open his shirt to reveal a scarlet letter similar to Hester’s, but permanently carved into his skin.
Dimmesdale heroically states while speaking about himself, “He tells you, that, with all its mysterious horror, it is but the shadow of what he bears on his own breast, and that even this, his own red stigma, is no more than the type of what has seared his inmost heart! ”(Hawthorne 240) Through saying this, Dimmesdale insists that Hester’s scarlet letter is nothing but a shadow of his own sin, therefore fully admitting to his breach in the commandments of God.
This symbolizes goodness, as Dimmesdale has finally taken some of the public burden off Hester’s shoulders. Although Dimmesdale is finally ridden from his sin, he dies immediately after his repentance from the massive amounts of damage that had been caused over the past seven years. Dimmesdale dies with a righteous demeanor once he had come to the conclusion that all of his suffering was a blessing from God because it has brought him to repentance, thus saving his soul.
Through his last words, Dimmesdale represented goodness as he conveyed to the townspeople that God does not see different degrees of sin, but sees everyone as sinners in need of his salvation. Although Pearl’s physical appearance does not change during the small time increment between the second and third scaffold scenes, her personality transforms as she finally finds humanity within herself. Before this scene, Pearl had been living her life simply to torture her parents, while obsessing over the idea of surfacing the truth. Pearl makes a significant change after Dimmesdale repents and confesses his sin.
Hawthorne writes, “The great scene of grief, in which the wild infant bore a part, had developed all her sympathies; and as her tears fell upon her father’s cheek, they were the pledge that she would grow up amid human joy and sorrow, nor for ever do battle with the world, but be a woman in it. ” (Hawthorne 240) suggesting that Pearl has finally accepted Dimmesdale as her earthly father, which liberates herself of her “elfish” qualities and allows her to develop a more sensitive demeanor and the humanistic trait of sympathy.
Once described as a direct product of sin, Pearl is now portrayed as a human capable of living a pure life and symbolizes the journey from a world of sin to goodness. After Dimmesdale falls to the ground while standing on the scaffold, it is said that, “Old Roger Chillingworth kneeled down next to him, his face blank and dull, as though the life had drained out of it. ” (Hawthorne 240) Directly after Chillingworth kneeled down next to Dimmesdale, he screams, “You have escaped me! (Hawthorne 240) multiple times meaning that Dimmesdale has escaped playing the role of Chillingworth’s victim. This also foreshadows Chillingworth’s death that occurs soon after Dimmesdale dies. It turns out that Chillingworth’s only reason to live anymore was to victimize Dimmesdale and relentlessly torture him, resembling sin in the most basic manner. When Dimmesdale dies, so does Chillingworth’s purpose of life; a villain cannot exist without his victim.
Also, when Dimmesdale calls Hester and Pearl up onto the scaffold, Chillingworth practically begs him to stay silent and claims that he can still save Dimmesdale. The apprehension in Chillingworth’s actions and the expressions that are illustrated upon his face leaves Chillingworth with a defeated demeanor. It goes without explanation that Hawthorne purposely made the three scaffold scenes the most prominent and dramatic chapters in The Scarlet Letter, but they also unite the entire book together in more than one fashion.
The most blatantly clear tactic that Hawthorne uses to unite the novel is that he incorporates each of the four main characters into all three scaffold scenes. This is beneficial to the novel because it allows Hawthorne to verbally illustrate dramatic scenes that pertain to each character individually. Also, Hawthorne uses the time in between the scaffold scenes to allow the effects of goodness, sin, and guilt to seep into the characters and bring about change.
Hawthorne used Hester to symbolize sin and the tragic circumstances that can occur even after repentance, just like he used Dimmesdale to symbolize the effects of hidden guilt throughout each scaffold scene, Pearl to symbolize the scarlet letter itself and the goodness of finding humanity, and Chillingworth to symbolize intentional sin and the devil. Also, the scaffold scenes unite the book because Hawthorne can place all four main characters into the same situation, yet have them each play a different role, thus each character is affected in a diverse, but related way.
Lastly, Hawthorne unites the book through the scaffold scenes by showing Dimmesdale’s progression towards repentance, and by correlating his health status to the amount of time that his soul had been eroded by guilt. Throughout the entire book, Dimmesdale was battling with his lack of courage towards repentance, but the only times he made progress was while he was at the scaffold.
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When the final scaffold scene ends, all of the four characters have either lost or gained a significant piece to human life; Dimmesdale had finally regained his soul, Hester watched her dream and desire vanish before her, Pearl finally discovered her humanity, and Chillingworth had lost his victim. This is significant to the rest of the novel because it allows the reader to make connections in between the front and back covers of Hawthorne’s masterpiece, thus deepening their understanding of the symbolic and literal references. Work Cited Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter. Pleasantville, NY: Reader’s Digest Association, 1984. Print.
Author: Brandon Johnson
Analysis of The Scarlet Letter Scaffolding Scenes
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