Every person has a scarlet letter whether they know or not. This scarlet letter represents us, good or bad, it is apart of us. Many people today in our culture label each other with these characteristics. The characteristic that I chose for myself is Competitiveness. Competitiveness is having a strong desire to compete or succeed. When I lived in Louisiana, our school had a farewell ceremony to all eighth graders. In the ceremony, I was named Mr. Athletic and the most competitive. The letter represents my personality because I am always challenging myself to do better in everything I do. My sister and I always race around the house and see who can get our chores done faster. I believe this label is good because it makes me push myself harder in everything I do in life whether football, school, or around the house. I would not trade my will to win for any other characteristic because this is how God wired me. He wired me to be a warrior for him and …show more content…
Many cases of judgment are simplified out of jealousy. Many people label people because of their behavior on or off the field. I believe people label as competitive because I surround myself with people on the same mission as me: to win a state championship. I believe in our society that we label people with one word is because when you use a single word, you are reducing them to a one-dimensional artifact of the profound person they really are. Competitiveness is rare in our human nature today. Many people wait for things to come to them, instead of going after their goals with everything they have. Many of my life experiences recently, I have given my all in every snap, every day, and in everything. Hawthorne’s transcendentalist views are evident through his characters in The Scarlet Letter. My views are opposite from him, in that we need to live our lives no matter our past, and try our hardest every day to achieve our
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"The Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" The Team of Rivals was written by Doris Kearns Goodwin, a renowned Pulitzer Prize winning historian and American novelist. In The Team of Rivals, Goodwin seeks to show the story surrounding Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet and his presidency. Goodwin carefully details the background of Lincoln and each member of his Cabinet by painting a picture of each man's character and personality. In The Team of Rivals, Goodwin eloquently shows the strength of Lincolns conviction as he graciously but firmly led his cabinet while still humbly considering their counsel in every matter. The Team of Rivals thoroughly and meticulously narrates one of the most tumultuous periods in American history.
He sees the competition as an academic and athletic competition. He thinks, “I was more and more certainly becoming the best student in the school; Phineas was without question the best athlete, so in that way we were even.
A trait that describes me is competitive which means playing against other people and trying to win the battle. I use this trait in sports, mostly in football. It proves that I fight to win or work harder to be better than the other person or team. I showed competitiveness in a football game last season against Maize. We worked hard through the whole game and kept the game close.
However, he also uses these allusions to create a new side to his narrative as evident when he describes Hester’s resilience, and to create a new element in the plot as evident in his description of Dimmesdale’s penance and need for redemption. Therefore, Hawthorne demonstrates an effective use of allusions to craft a religious and detailed narrative for The Scarlet Letter by reviewing on parallels between the Bible and the novel’s main characters. There’s more to The Scarlet Letter than these allusions though, and there are many questions to answer about this book. These questions may never be answered fully, but by reading the novel itself, we might find the right places to start searching for answers and formulate our own opinions on the matter. What’s important from this novel is the realistic warning about what might happens when an individual place themselves too highly among others, a message Hawthorne writes to warn against the fervor of transcendentalism of his time.
(Hawthorne 148). She made herself a reliable person to her community, and by doing this, she redeemed herself from her sin. Humans eventually fall from grace. How they respond to this can either strengthen their character or lead them to ruin. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne vividly portrays the different ways people can deal with their failures.
Hawthorne uses the term “sympathy” thirty-five times throughout The Scarlet Letter, and associates a vagueness and an ambivalence with the term. Frequently, it implies a deep, dual meaning, where both sympathy and antipathy are present, at other times it suggests the common use. Hawthorne’s contrasting and various uses of the word “sympathy” enhance the central themes of the novel such
Psychological Identity In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 novel, ‘The Scarlet Letter’, Hawthorne demonstrates the physiological impact that others and our own person can make on us. He uses his psychological standpoint to make a character in power who comes to be psychosomatic and has a general phobia to conform to the pure society he thinks he knows; this unconscious motivation, eventually leads to his demise. But he also makes a character that is the opposite (In many different ways) to show the correlation effect that actions can have on one's self. The women fights and does not conform, she has to change the way she thinks and see many different things to compensate what is missing in her life, and what was taken from her.
Although this can be taken in the literal sense, truly symbolizes happiness. Happiness cannot just be given, it must be achieved through life experiences. That is the message Hawthorne is trying to express within these two small paragraphs. Happiness is not an object that can be bought or given to, but rather
Nathaniel Hawthorne was a dark romantic author, meaning that he believed that humans are imperfect beings, which contradicted the transcendentalist belief that people are inherently good. This belief is demonstrated throughout the short story.
In our society, judgment is seen every day, everywhere, and by everybody. People judge others by the color of their skin, their affectations, and by the clothes on their backs. Nathaniel Hawthorne in the mid-19th century revealed how the severity of our judgments can be a reflection of our moral values and our upbringings. In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne creates characters, who, through their decisions, illustrate the effects of societal judgment, which becomes a catalyst for self-destruction.
Hawthorne focuses on the ideals of imagination, the common man, and nature as the primary examples to classify this short story of works that fall into the Romantic Movement. During the Romantic Movement, people began to stray away from their logical beliefs and began to take on the mindset of imagination where the possibilities range endless and optimism captured the minds of many Americans. Hawthorne is able to support
The theme of “Young Goodman Brown”, specifically Brown’s distrust of his own self reveals Hawthorne’s belief that man cannot trust himself. Furthermore, though Hawthorne and Emerson were both
In the end perfection is just mere opinion. Hawthorne's story argues that man is necessarily flawed and can't be expected to be perfect. Besides, this short story has been taken place while science world was booming up and human being started to trust that science could take them to the extend to conquer the world and nature. His story argues his point that, science really does have its own limitations.
People, men and women equally, have knowledge about themselves and the world around them that "transcends" or goes beyond what they can see, hear, taste, touch or feel”(p.1). This is the idea of freeing one-self from the bondage of the world and discovering the perfect unity within the world. Man must understand the beauty and power of nature before he can embrace the strength, beauty, and grace which it can deliver. As Hawthorne was searching for a way to freedom from the restrictions and imprudent thoughts of the Puritans, he
The majority of people choose not to reach their full potential due to sheltering a belief or stubbornness. With quotes such as that, Cornel West questioned the human condition and the truth to the meaning of life in The Examined Life. He concluded that if you never question yourself, your beliefs, and the people you surround yourself with, you will never reach your true potential and overall result back to having issues with achieving the greater aspects of the human condition, such as happiness and meaningfulness. He further more stated, “It takes more courage to examine the dark corners of your own soul, than it does for a soldier to fight on the battlefield” (West, 1).