Allegory In Scarlet Letter

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Nathaniel Hawthorne creates allegory with his characters in his novel and short stories. The way that Hawthorne creates allegory with his characters us by showing their struggles with morals, their need and misinterpretation of love, and the effects of others opinions. Nathaniel Hawthorne uses his characters to symbolize a concrete object which is used to represent something more abstract (Dibble 37.) In the novel The Scarlet Letter we see multiple examples of struggles with morals. Dimmesdale is a prime example of someone who struggles with morals. Hester and Dimmesdale have a romantic relationship despite the fact that Hester was already married. This choice of disregarding morals symbolizes human nature and how we commit sins without…show more content…
“Hester deeply loves Dimmesdale and her fault was that of her passion and her love was stronger than her respect for the New World’s Puritan code of morals” (Dibble 62.) Hester in The Scarlet Letter is seen to be at peace with her sins. Dibble simply states that “her sin was committed out of passion- rather than a sin of intellect” (62.) Yet Hester’s and Dimmesdale’s love could never be simply just as her relationship with Chillingworth couldn’t be. The difference is that Chillingworth married the youthful and passionate Hester not out of love. Chillingworth married her selfishly and left her feeling lonely, while he worked in Amsterdam (Dibble 62.) Dimmesdale loves Hester but, his position of power and the thoughts of others are too important for him to confess it. In Rappaccini’s Daughter it is shown that he greatly loves Beatrice but, as Stallman acclaims he creates “Beatrice to be lovely but, poisonous”. Thus condemning her to forever loneliness and to be forsaken by love. Rappaccini only sees Beatrice’s poisonous nature as a gift of safety, we can almost see the caring and loving attitude that Rappaccini shows as a parent. Giovanni struggles with his unstoppable love of Beatrice even dismissing his warnings and signs of an ominous fate. Beatrice while poisonous was pure, she in the end sacrifices herself for love much like Georgiana in The Birth
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