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- She becomes quite a popular seamstress, heralded all over the town of Boston for her work. She herself wears only drab clothing of ordinary clothing, punishing herself with humility.
- “What is one man?s poison?is another?s meat or drink,” Beaumont and Fletcher wrote in one of their plays. Almost everything in the world is interpretable in at least two conflicting ways. In The Scarlet Letter, the Puritan society shuns a character named Pearl, yet the author, who lived in the Romantic period, views her with awe and reverence.
- A well respected minister in the New England town of Boston, Dimmesdale appears from the outside to be an epitome of a holy man.
- Hawthorne’s novel describes the life of an adulteress, Hester Prynne, who is shunned by her judgmental community. She gave birth to her daughter Pearl out of wedlock, while her partner of iniquity, (Hawthorne 59) a minister named Arthur Dimmesdale, never revealed his black secret of their affair.
- The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, contains many profound characters. The townspeople intrigue the reader because they gradually evolve throughout the book, as would any solitary character. In the beginning of the novel, they are generally rigid and judgmental towards Hester, because she has committed adultery.
- With his precise diction Nathaniel Hawthorne displays an interesting conflict based on a disagreement between the protagonist, Hester Prynne, and the strict Puritan society around her in his novel The Scarlet Letter. This disagreement is brought to the readers attention as Hester displays pride in a symbol, the letter A, which society has branded her with as a mark of shame.
- Hester’s dark glossy hair shines in the sunlight as though it were surmounted by a halo, making her almost an image of the “divine maternity” opens Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter [sl02.html#g19]. Her husband arrives in America, finding Hester Prynne in the pillory with her illegitimate child in her arms.
- Summary: This chapter is about when Hester comes out and all the good wives ridicule her. She has a baby in her arms and a scarlet letter on her breast. They make here walk through the market place so everybody can see her. She is set upon the scaffold for 3 hours.
- The first description that the reader gets of Hester Prynne is that she is a woman of strength and beauty that was uncommon of the time. However, this seemingly perfect woman has one terrible flaw, the scarlet letter. This brand of sin slowly takes its toll on the femininity of Hester Prynne, transforming her from a woman of elegance to a woman stained with sin.
- The Ambitious Guest is a short story bye Nathaniel Hawthorne that presents deadly irony. Residing in a notch in the mountains of New Hampshire, a cottage sits on the side of a steep mountain. In the house lives a family whose contacts with the rest of the world are from the travelers that pass by.
- What each generation or society views as good and bad seems to change with the times. Even the way people carry out their daily tasks is different from the past. That’s what the advancement of mankind is all about. In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne shows a perfect example of how the past can never really be the same as the present.
- Children are, by nature, incredibly sensitive creatures. They can sense almost any emotion an adult might feel just by observing a particular person?s body language and facial expressions. Such is the case with the youthful Pearl from the novel The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorn.
- For as long as man has walked on earth, he has taken it upon himself to judge and punish. It has been recognized as something man does and it has been accepted among society. It seems as though every race, religion, action, and belief a person associates themselves with will be judged and will be criticized.
- In the novel The Scarlet Letter Hawthorne displays his view of sin through various characters. Through Hester Prynne, Hawthorne portrays sin and how it strengthens her character. On the other hand, Hawthorne shows Reverend Dimmesdale’s sin of adultery and how it makes him ill.
- Summarized by maxims such as ?Just Be Yourself?, and ?Practice What You Preach,? honesty and straightforwardness towards others are given high standing among our societal values. These values are seen throughout The Scarlet Letter as Nathaniel Hawthorne considered the consequences of deceiving ourselves and others.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne was a truly outstanding author. His detailed descriptions and imagery will surely keep people interested in reading The Scarlet Letter for years to come. In writing this book he used themes evident throughout the entirety of the novel.
- Hester Prynne?s sin of adultery had a big impact on herself as well as the entire community.
- In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth are both physically and emotionally affected by the events which took place in their lives. During the course of the story, all three of the characters are disturbed by their pasts which are affecting their present lives and future.
- People like this make themselves sick with worry and regret, and they often die of their disease: depression. Those people who do manage to drop their guilt become productive members of society again because they have reconnected with the rest of the human race.
- In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter, life centers around a rigid Puritan society in which one is unable to indulge his or her innermost thoughts and secrets. Every human being needs the opportunity to express how he or she truly feels, otherwise the emotion builds up until they become volatile.