“The Scarlet Letter” is known as Nathaniel Hawthorne’s masterpiece and many have analyzed the famous romance novel, to figure out how it can be considered so deft. One of those people is Henry James. James discusses this novel in his scholarly essay “Flaws in The Scarlet Letter”. According to him “The Scarlet Letter”, is Hawthorne’s, “most substantial title of fame”(26). This article explains that symbolism, characters, and research play a significant role when scrutinizing the novel’s worth.
Nathaniel Hawthorne, a famous American author from the antebellum period, notices the emphasis on individual freedoms in the works by Ralph Waldo Emerson and other Transcendentalists during his residency in the Brook Farm’s community. In response to these ideas, Hawthorne writes The Scarlet Letter, a historical novel about Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale’s lives as they go through ignominy, penance, and deprecation from their Puritan community to express their strong love for each other. Their love, even though it is true, is not considered as holy nor pure because of Hester past marriage to Roger Chillingworth, and thus Hester gained the Scarlet Letter for being an adulterer. Hawthorne utilizes biblical allusions, such as the stories of
Reading a novel is one thing, but analyzing it is a whole different process. “The Scarlet Letter”: The Power of Ambiguity by Fred H. Marcus is a powerful article that assists the reader identify three strong points of the novel. Marcus’ article proves that paradoxes, character treatment, and symbolism play a vital role in analyzing the novel, The Scarlet Letter’s, worth. Marcus uses many examples and direct information from the novel to back up his thinking as well. Though it’s not the biggest strong point, paradoxes is still a huge strong point to discuss within the novel, The Scarlet Letter.
It was not just this symbolism that Hawthorne used to present his argument, as he also utilized tone as well as word choice. This leads into the evolution of the scarlet’s letter meaning as the character that had the most amount of character development in the novel was actually not a real person and that is the scarlet letter itself. The main quote that best supports this is as follows: “Never after did it quit her bosom. But, in the lapse of the toilsome, thoughtful, and self-devoted years that made up Hester’s life, the scarlet letter ceased to be a stigma which attracted the world’s scorn and bitterness, and became a type of something to be sorrowed over, and looked upon in awe, yet with
In fictional writing there are many important componates that contributes to it success. Such as tone, mood, and setting. Nevertheless symbolism is very also a vital aspect of fiction. Symbolism ensures that the reader looks at the deeper meanings of a piece. This could not be more evident than in the story “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allen Poe.
In the chapter one of the Scarlet letter, written on the 1850s, the author Nathaniel Hawthorne utilizes the tones of suspense and somber. This two tones, refer to the description of the setting Hawthorne was trying to imply, by describing it as a frightful and dark place. Not only that, but the tones can also be determined throughout the entire chapter making the story more interesting and intriguing. Hawthorne begins the chapter by deploying a third person point of view, which creates a suspense during the introduction. However, as the chapter continues the third person cannot be concluded from the fact that there are no characters being introduced to the reading.
Ambiguity occurs when an author presents an idea(or concept) which is opened to interpretation and may have various meanings and importance(or vast significance). Symbols and characters may have a different meaning for every reader, but there is no true or correct answer (there is an uncertainty)because of ambiguity. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s books are, essentially, based upon ambiguity. To reveal ambiguity within novels, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter (is the embodiment of ambiguity) has prominent examples which one may choose to interpret. Many examples of ambiguity may be identified in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.
Although it is often criticized and misunderstood, the foreshadowing used in To Kill A Mockingbird is much like the same technique used in various movies and literature today. There are many times when Harper Lee uses foreshadowing in her novel, which is to give clues about what is about to happen next. Part I of the novel is a large example of a foreshadow. While some people claim Part I of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is pointless, Lee uses specific events in Part I to highlight critical ideas in the novel through foreshadowing. The novel has won awards such as, Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, although there are still many critics to judge the text.
This aphorism, much like what one could find in a fable, uses sage advice to connect the reader personally with the story. Aphorisms in general, and this in particular, offers universal truth independent of context. Many passages in The Scarlet Letter, set hundreds of years in the past, can be easily related to modern day, but rarely are they directly applicable. The aphorism serves to remind the reader that while Hester Prynne’s story may or may not be true, it is not entirely based in fiction.
Repetitive Symbolism Light and darkness are both fluctuating stigmas of what society perceives as right and wrong. Each holds a representational standpoint in many forms of literature, both modern and old. In the epic poem Beowulf, light heavily parallels darkness by coming in several symbolic forms that institute an analysis of depth. One of these symbols in specific capitalizes itself throughout the epic poem as a shining hero and guiding light against the evil manifestation that may be terrorizing the innocent figures in the novel. For example, the 'helpless' Dane's were at first wary of this new person, but once he'd proved himself, held no doubt, and almost gawked at one of his most historic victories.“…For the proof…” as they all saw,
How does Hawthorne use symbolism in The Scarlet Letter? In this essay I will be talking about what kind of symbolism he used in The Scarlet Letter and why he wrote this novel The Scarlet Letter. Hawthorneuses key symbols to represent themes in the book. The most influential symbol was the Scarlet Letter that Hester wears on her chest all the time. Light and darkness play a role in the symbolic nature of the background and scenery.