In today’s world, as soon as someone enters the place we call home, the person is labeled for what he, she looks like, or how he or she acts. Some labeled for the better while others, hated for the worst. In a short story written by novelist James Hurt, “The Scarlet Ibis” involves a main character with similar problems faced due to his disability. Doodle was a child that was immediately placed into a hated label, one for outcasts. Even his brother disliked him and what he did throughout his short life.
Many stories in literature are not complete without an Antagonist. The Antagonist can be the embodiment of evil or just a roadblock for the main character to overcome. In the short story Sweat, written by Zora Neale Hurston, features an abusive husband, Sykes, as the Antagonist. Sykes dominates and abuses his hard-working wife, Delia. Whereas, Edgar Allen Poe, author of The Cask of Amontillado, uses an ambiguous relationship between Fortunato, a man full of ego and arrogance, who wrongs protagonist Montresor.
He knows what is right and wrong but one example has been haunting him in his life. Now in a Puritan society, sin had to have been confessed publicly and they must bear their shame. This however goes against what the Word actually says and this is what created Arthur Dimmesdale as a character. He most likely has already repented to God but his guilt will not leave until he confesses it to his congregation and it leads him to other “ways” of repentance. Being reminded of his guilt 24/7 causes his his health to deteriorate to the point of death, possibly alluding to the fact that the wages of sin are death.
There is one worse than even the polluted priest! That old man’s revenge has been blacker than my sin. He has violated, in cold blood, the sanctity of a human heart. Thou and I, Hester, never did so!” In the book Hawthorne uses both the negative and positive character traits. He uses deception and guilt which is in the form of plant imagery.
H “Expectations is the root of all heartache.” - William Shakespeare. The short story “Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst explores how the protagonist, Doodle copes with the expectations his family have set on him; precisely his elder brother. Throughout this short story, Hurst demonstrates the substantial effect expectation has on individual and society themselves. He shows how pressurizing a person for self-satisfaction harms the offender as well. Hurst suggests that expectations are also a form of egotism that can lead to resentment; hence coming into conflict with one’s identity, such as alteration and remorse.
Adversity, or misfortune, affects everyday life by engendering the present. Without misfortune, humans are unable to develop and learn from mistakes. For instance, in The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the plot of this novel is omphalic around how Hester Prynne, the protagonist, is given hardships for committing the transgression of adultery and having covert knowledge of who her adulter is.
The Ministers Black Veil is a short story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne that causes readers to question the true nature of humans beneath their surface. The story begins with Mr. Hooper, a minister of a town, sparking interest when he arbitrarily appears wearing a black veil covering most of his face. After he appears Mr. Hooper says nothing when questioned about the veil. Throughout the story he continues to wear the veil, causing, anger, gossip, and even betrayal. Hawthorne displays an extremely didactic story after his congregation, and even fiancé turn on him for simply wearing a black veil.
Opposite to self-reliance, puritan tradition is on the other side. Because of following predecessors or past, this belief, for always, loses the battle against the idea of self-reliance. Throughout the novel, readers notice the ugliness of townspeople’s lives because of embracing this tradition. Furthermore, readers examine what painful moments Dimmesdale— the clergyman—goes through for holding multiple faces. Thus, Scarlet Letter
He viewed the Puritans as hypocrites and being religious, sexist, and afraid of God’s judgement. Hawthorne was a defender of the Puritan religion, with its depiction of “pure” form of religious worship, severe mode of life, and its conviction of the “natural depravity” of “fallen” man, or sinners. “The Minister’s Black Veil” is a short story, written about a small Puritan town, where a young minister, Reverend Hooper, showed up with a black veil hiding his face. The townspeople were frightened
That makes this story the most horrifying. Some people suppose that the theme of this story is the narration of the Sergeant - Major Morris, "A very holy man wanted to show that fate ruled people 's lives, and that those who interfered with it did so to their sorrow." Actually, the tale has three themes which are the greed of the youth, the curiosity of the White family, and the consequences of people 's wishes. First, Jacobs expresses the avarice of young adults through the description of Herbert White. Although Mr. and Mrs. White are poor, they are old, and the things they only need are a shelter and peaceful life.
Good Vs. Evil is one of the most controversial themes in literature, in “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor and “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the authors focus on this theme to unravel the plot. In “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” O’Connor uses the Grandmother and a thief, The Misfit, to compare and contrast the good and evil in people. Hawthorne’s, “Young Goodman Brown,” uses the main character, Young Goodman Brown, and his journey from being a respected man to being summoned by the devil. Both authors use the main characters as a comparison of what being good means, but they present the evil of the story in different ways.
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is set in a gloomy, distressed, religious atmosphere in Boston, Massachusetts with multiple main characters known for the sins they have done. One of those being a man named Arthur Dimmesdale who is known for being a sinful and hypocritical individual. He is part of the Puritan community who are very judgmental people, so readers can more likely see the conflict that will arise. Nathaniel Hawthorne illustrates his theme that secrets that are hidden will have its consequences. Dimmesdale is very conflicted with himself and also with the community; he struggles with doing the right .