The Scarlet Letter is considered an anti-transcendental novel. It could also be categorized as dark romanticism. It not only focuses on potential destruction but incorporates evil and change into the world. The characters suffer due to moral problems. They suppress and deny aggressive and sexual impulses which lead to psychotic behavior.
One of the evils portrayed in this novel was sin. Hester Prynne committed adultery with the minister, Dimmesdale. As a result of their temptation Hester has a child whom she named Pearl. Hester is sentenced to wear an “A” on all her clothing to show the wrong she had done. She refuses to divulge who the father was which slowly ate away at Dimmesdale. Roger Chillingworth is another example of the evil that is incorporated in this novel. He becomes obsessed with seeking revenge on Hester. Chillingworth uses his position as a doctor to get acquainted with Dimmesdale so that he is capable of poisoning Dimmesdale for sleeping with his wife, Hester. Evil was not only portrayed. Change was also another anti-transcendental characteristic portrayed in the novel. Dimmesdale in the beginning of the novel comes off as strong, confident, and not vulnerable. As the secret between him and Hester begins to eat away at him, he becomes weaker and realizes what should be done. He finally comes forward and acts as the father he should have been all along. Also, another example of change is how Hester begins to live her sin and... [continues]
Cite This Essay
(2013, 02). Anti-Transcendentalism in the Scarlet Letter. StudyMode.com. Retrieved 02, 2013, from http://www.studymode.com/essays/Anti-Transcendentalism-In-The-Scarlet-Letter-1444665.html
"Anti-Transcendentalism in the Scarlet Letter" StudyMode.com. 02 2013. 2013. 02 2013 <http://www.studymode.com/essays/Anti-Transcendentalism-In-The-Scarlet-Letter-1444665.html>.
- MLA 7
"Anti-Transcendentalism in the Scarlet Letter." StudyMode.com. StudyMode.com, 02 2013. Web. 02 2013. <http://www.studymode.com/essays/Anti-Transcendentalism-In-The-Scarlet-Letter-1444665.html>.
"Anti-Transcendentalism in the Scarlet Letter." StudyMode.com. 02, 2013. Accessed 02, 2013. http://www.studymode.com/essays/Anti-Transcendentalism-In-The-Scarlet-Letter-1444665.html.