Liam Leabman Mrs. Merrell Period Two October 1st, 2015 Scarlet Letter Essay Though Nathaniel Hawthorne may have been seen as someone who stayed towards the darker side of things, Scarlet Letter can actually be seen as a romantic novel. Even though the book may seem quite the opposite of a romantic novel there are a profuse amount of symbols and characters that give evidence to the novel that it is romantic. Through out this book a big theme seems to have to do with nature, and in romance there seems to also be a lot of ties to nature. Like, in the first chapter of the book when it mentions the rosebush that was outside of the prison, “On one side of the portal, and rooted almost at the threshold, was a wild rose-bush, covered, in this …show more content…
Hawthorne puts the rosebush there to symbolize the beauty in the darkest of places. The rosebush is a reminder of Hester and how even though it is put in a bad spot it’s beauty cannot be taken away. It can also be seen as a symbol of Hester because it stand alone away from everyone else like Hester being shunned by the puritan society. Hester is also a romantic symbol by the way she doesn’t comply to the way of the puritans and rises above them. Hester evens embraces her A on her chest and turned it into a symbol of her good will. Another romantic natural symbol would be the forest. The forrest was seen by the puritans as a evil place where witch craft and satanic rituals were going on. Yet, Hester meets Dimmesdale in the woods because she knows that the puritans …show more content…
Tying this to the characters in this novel good would be Hester and evil would be represented by Chillingworth. Throughout the novel he plays the antagonist. He is angry that Hester had committed the act of adultery and uses this as coal to burn the fire inside him to find out whom the father of Pearl is. Yet, this being a romantic novel good always over comes evil. Hester overcame Chillingworth. She embraced her situation and continued living her life. Pearl was seen by the puritans as an “Evil” or “Unholy” child, but the truth is she is actually a symbol of romanticism. The puritans don’t exactly see it this way, but pearl is the act of love. Her appearance is romantic. "gorgeous robes which might have extinguished a paler loveliness". (##, Hawthorne). She wheres exquisite and beautiful robes and even her presence is beautiful and innocent. Innocent in the way when she ask Dimmesdale to stand with them not understanding his political situation. She’s like a baby cupid following around Hester as a symbol of the love between her and
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She is the result of the sin that was committed by Hester and Dimmesdale. Throughout the story Pearl asks difficult questions to her mother. She also has a slight obsession with her mothers embroidered A on her clothes. Pearl acts as a constant reminder that she can never escape her sin as someone who has committed adultery. However, Hester loves her daughter so much.
In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne uses nature symbols including the forest, roses, sunshine, Pearl, and light and darkness to influence the plot and instills his strong romantic ideas to the readers. Through symbolism, the reader must think deeply to find the true meaning of Hawthorne 's words. Hawthorne does not depict wilderness in the same manner as the Puritans, but instead, Hawthorne’s portrayal of nature described in the story is more consistent with the romantic views of the middle of the nineteenth century when Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote The Scarlett Letter. Hawthorne uses nature as a romantic source for critiquing the Puritan society, its unjust laws, and the hypocrisy of the church. Symbolism shows the greatness of an author’s ability
In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne portrays that flowers and weeds can symbolize people’s guilt because of their sins, and expresses the importance of confessing and repenting for the sins that people commit. Outside the prison was a “wild rose bush” that offered “fragrance and fragile beauty” (44) as each prisoner entered, “in token that the heart of nature could pity and be kind” (44) to the criminal. The wild rose bush outside the prison symbolizes the hope and comfort offered in the time of doom and despair that lies within the prisoners. Dancing up and down, Pearl, “gathered wild-flowers, flinging them, one by one, at her mother’s bosom” (89). The flowers here symbolize Hester’s guilt for her sin and how she doesn’t feel any acceptance
Pearl is a symbol of evil in the book because she is a child born from the result of adultery. Pearl grows up without her father being involved, so Hester is solely responsible for her and the shame that comes with raising the product of a crime. Hester treats her with love and care, but Pearl is a symbol of sin, saying things like “...the sunshine does not love you. It runs away and hides itself, because it is afraid of something on your bosom”’ (138). Pearl is both a reminder of Hester’s sin and a treasure to aid her loneliness, but unfortunately, they are both ostracized in their
The Prison Door In this Chapter from The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne introduces the setting of the book in Boston. He uses a gloomy and depressed tone in the beginning of the chapter. He is able to convey this tone using imagery while describing the citizens, the prison, and the cemetery. However, as he continues to discuss the rose-bush, he uses parallelism to shift the tone to be brighter and joyful. To create a gloomy and depressed tone, Hawthorne uses imagery.
Throughout the passage from The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne uses Hester’s baby, Pearl, to illuminate the theme of beauty in a dark place. Once released from prison, Hester, an adulterer, becomes a public spectacle. Through this hard time, Hester has her daughter Pearl to soothe her and to bring her strength and hope for a better future. By using vivid imagery and juxtaposition, Hawthorne depicts Pearl as Hester’s happiness, light, and beauty during a sad and lonely time. While in Prison, Hester is all alone and depressed.
Due to the fact that Dimmesdale and Hester could not even ignore their initial attraction, the passion that carries throughout their relationship is undeniable. The love they posses for one another only grows stronger as their community and religion constantly reiterates how the should not be together. Not only having admiration for one other, once their child come into the world, they both carry intense amounts of devotion towards keeping it safe. Though Dimmesdale is scared to admit, it is adamant to readers that he cares for her even more so than himself. As Pearl faces the same shame as her parents, such as being called “an imp of evil, emblem and product of sin" (Hawthorne, 129), her need for care and attention grows larger.
Whereas the writer described the prison as “unsightly,” he describes the rose bush as “ covered, in this month of June, with its delicate gems, which might be imagined to offer their fragrance and fragile beauty to the prisoner as he went in, and to the condemned criminal as he came forth to his doom, in token that the deep heart of Nature could pity and be kind to him.” Immediately what comes to mind is the protagonist vs the antagonist. The rose bush, the noble creature, against all odds, fighting for good, and this society, ugly and evil, fighting against what is right. This difference in diction immediately juxtaposes the society from the “wild” rose bush, and signals the shift in tone, revealing Hawthorne’s attitude towards the two different
Hawthorne states, “... Hester could not help questioning at such moments whether Pearl was a human child. She seemed rather an airy sprite…” (Hawthorne 52). Even though some people see Pearl as a child of the devil, she is actually just a little kid whose mother’s actions reflected badly on her life and made people’s views of her distorted.
More important than its meaning is the letter’s connection to the mark of the Black Man. The letter is a symbol of Hester’s sin, a mark telling society to stay away because of the awful evil she has committed. However, this letter A is also the mark of the Black Man. According to the “old dame[,] … [the] scarlet letter was the Black Man’s mark,” (277-278) , a symbol of one’s allegiance to the powers of evil. Hawthorne purposefully instills this connection, and forces the reader to more closely at the parallel.
Literary Devices in The Scarlet Letter Literary devices are often used to capture a reader’s attention in a text. Nathaniel Hawthorne used many different types of literary devices in his book The Scarlet Letter. He uses symbolism to give hidden meaning to elements in the story, conflict to make the story interesting, and allusion to make references to historical events (ex. biblical references). While reading The Scarlet Letter, the literary devices did not jump out at me, but now as I reflect upon them they help me understand the book well. Literary devices can make a passage have a whole different meaning.
Amanda Vicente The Scarlet Letter Reading Response AP English Language Period J 16 August 2016 Journal Entry 1: Chapters 1-2 In The Scarlet Letter, the author sets a mood from the beginning of the book. The setting is old and beat up in front of an aged wooden prison with judgmental Puritans ready to tear a women apart. The Puritans are hypocrites and the author portrays that in the story.
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne explores recurring themes of suffering surrounding the main characters, Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale. Hester and Dimmesdale both commit adultery with each other, and, as a result of this, both experience gruesome and occasionally unbearable forms of suffering. Though they undergo different forms of pain, both of their experiences are highly reliant on how the Puritan society treats them. Hester 's pain stems from the shame and estrangement she receives from the community, while Dimmesdale’s is due to the reverence with which the community regards him. Although, in spite of the fact that both Hester and Dimmesdale receive harsh penalty for their sin, by the end of the book, Hawthorne shows how their suffering is, in fact, the key to their salvation.
Due to Hawthorne’s ability to play with emotion, once reading The Scarlet Letter in its entirety, readers are unsure what to feel. It is difficult to explain the tone and mood of the novel mostly because that it makes readers become connected with all their different kinds of emotions. It is possible for readers to react to certain situations in their own ways, but for the most part, readers to undergo a rollercoaster of feeling. In having scenes of suffering, anger, rejoice, romance, and relief all confined into a relatively small paperback book, the tone tends to change quite constantly. Though there are individualized moods depending on what is occurring in the novel, there is an overlying tone of hope.