On the Scarlet Letter: D. H. Lawrence

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In D.H. Lawrence’s essay, “On the Scarlet Letter”, he voices his opinions on Hester. Due to Hester’s adultery, he thinks of her as a “demon” and “the great nemesis of women.” D.H. Lawrence takes his views and effectively communicates them with the use of literary devices; his views are supplemented by a sarcastic tone, the use of repetition, and a choppy syntax. D.H Lawrence uses a sarcastic tone to form, and assert, two contrasting views, praise and criticism of Hester. When he writes “Abel! Abel! Abel! Admirable!”, he praises Hester, but he explicitly contradicts this praise by calling it a “farce”. D.H. Lawrence’s critical opinion of Hester is double sided; it criticizes both Hester and of the praising opinion. His praising opinion is one sided; it only praises Hester, never does it explicitly contradict statements made by the other point of view. D.H. Lawrence gives one side to his praise for a purpose; it allows for easy recognition of sarcasm, and it strengthens his, real, critical opinion of Hester. His real opinions challenge contrasting ones weakening them, therefore, further enforcing his own analysis. To further distinguish between when he is being serious or sarcastic, D.H. Lawrence uses repetition. D.H. Lawrence repeats his sarcastic point of view multiple times, but when he states his true beliefs, he makes no repetition. This contrast in repetition brings his seriousness to the spotlight. Like in the quote used in the previous paragraph, “Abel! Abel! Abel! Abel! Admirable. It becomes a farce.”, D.H. Lawrence repeats the word Abel, but the word farce is only used once. Another example of this is the quote, “Put her on the scaffold and worship her there. Worship her there. The Woman, the Magna Mater.” In this line, D.H. Lawrence repeats “worship her there” twice and then says “The Woman, the Magna mater.” This refers to the goddess of one of the oldest religions in the world. Even though D.H Lawrence is saying that she is a goddess, he is also...
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