One may feel as if Hawthorne did not overuse symbolism, but I agree with James's opinion. There are many cases in the novel that involve symbolism, which is oversed. These cases include the letter 'A,' Pearl, and the scaffold. In the novel The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne used symbolism to show the importance of or the meaning of many things. It is demonstated
In the romantic novel, The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne portrays Roger Chillingworth as the prime example of pure evil. Chillingworth is characterized as a symbol for evil because Hawthorne illustrates him and his thoughts as being associated with the devil and Hell. Through Hawthorne’s descriptions, Chillingworth’s malevolent ideas and eagerness to expose Hester Prynne and Reverend Dimmesdale are revealed. Consequently, Chillingworth serves as the antagonist in the novel because of his plot to seek vengeance on and torment Dimmesdale. Through the use of figurative language and syntax, Chillingworth’s description and his actions symbolize him as a mysterious and wild evil doing the devil’s bidding.
Both Dimmesdale and Hester commited the same sin of adultery, resulting in Pearl. However, because Hester confessed the sin early on, she had the rest of her life to try and change the purpose of her scarlet A to mean something more than just sin. Which she succeeds in, the people refused to interpret the scarlet letter for sin and instead for “Able.” Soon after, the people had almost forgotten what the original meaning of the scarlet letter was. On the contrary Dimmesdale doesn’t confess his sin and lives a terrible life of self-harming and guilt.Yet, in the end he confesses on the scaffold and dies at
man. This conflict is an external problem. The main issue is that Chillingworth tortures Dimmesdale because he suspects that Dimmesdale was the one that committed the sin along side of Hester. When the people think that Dimmesdale is sick it’s because he is just so righteous but it’s mainly because of the fact that his secret is being tortured and pulled out of him, by Roger Chillingworth. Also another problem of man vs. Man is Pearl and Hester.
The ‘A’ is given to Hester Prynne as a remembrance and punishment of her committing the sin adultery. Hester “for the remainder of her natural life, [must] wear a mark of shame upon her bosom” to constantly remind her and everyone else of the sin (60). When the citizens of the town find out about Hester’s sin they immediately identify her as an undignified, contemptible woman, Hester however doesn’t allow it to get to her, instead she stands on the scaffold tall and proud. Hester’s act of bravery is the first sign of acceptance in identity, it doesn’t matter to her what others saw her as or categorized her as but how she acknowledges herself to
“Again, as if her mother’s agonized gesture were meant only to make sport for her, did little Pearl look into her eyes, and smile!” (p 82). Pearl herself being the product of sin, is a constant reminder to her mother that the scarlet letter cannot be neglected. Hawthorne shows this symbolism various times throughout the story. In Chapter two, during the first scaffold scene when Hester tries to hide away her scarlet letter with Pearl, Hawthorne indicates how useless that would be, considering that Pearl is the personification of her sin. “In a moment, however, wisely judging that one token of her shame would but poorly serve to hide another…” (p 45).
There are many ways to compare The Poem “Invictus” And the Documentary “ Evolution Of A Criminal” together. They both share different common themes, Both even share literary devices like Foreshadowing & Flashback when trying to get to there point. It took me a little while to actually figure out the qualities that they share. Invictus poem summary starts off using symbolism when saying” black as a pit from pole to pole”because its giving a the pit a specific meaning by saying its black . Poem ends by saying “ I’m the master my faith and The captain of my soul” which means that you are in control of your life and your life decisions.
Though Brent Staples writes “Black Men in Public Space” in essay form, and Toni Morrison’s “Recitatif” is a short story, both authors explore similar ideas about race, the power of racial stereotypes, and the harmful effect of them. Staples use of irony, and Morrison’s symbolic use of metaphor shows that every situation has multiple perspectives and to not look outside of one individual experience can often induce one to accept stereotypes as full truths. As Staples discusses the stereotypes attached to black males, he writes about “the alienation that comes of being ever the suspect”(2). The word suspect literally means a person thought to be guilty of a crime or offense, but here it is used in an ironic perspective. Staples really wasn’t
For instance, Hawthorne describes Hester’s holding Pearl as “taint[ed] of deepest sin” (Hawthorne 85). Furthermore, he describes the affair between Hester and Dimmesdale as a “a sin of passion, not of principle, nor even purpose” (300). Continuing his allusions to sin, Hawthorne describes Pearl as “a direct consequence of the sin which man thus punished”
Chains Of Racism Racism is something you learn, not something you born with. Through the time, many writers have implemented their books with the racism that the mankind has seen along it’s history. Joseph Conrad implements a heavy sense of racism in his masterpiece, Heart of Darkness, through the use of symbolism, setting and various other literary devices. “Things are not always as they seem; the first appearance deceives many”(Plato). The symbolism plays a vital role in the development of the racism, the colors white and black, or the words light and dark are the main columns of symbolism in Heart of Darkness.