Romantic Essay

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Romanticism is a very common theme in American literature. Romantic literature typically incorporates romantic ideals which are based on nature, tragedy, imagination and supernatural. The Scarlet Letter is an excellent example of Romantic Literature of the 19th century. Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author of The Scarlet Letter, incorporates her romantic beliefs through nature. In this story Pearl is used to represent nature. In chapter 18, page 194 “The truth seems to be, however, that the mother forest, and these wild things which it nourished, all recognized a kindred wilderness in the human child.” Pearl is being portrayed as a child of nature, a romantic child with a wild, untamed spirit, much like the wilderness, which relates her to nature and the animals it nurtures. This is best shown at the end of Chapter 18, where the natural world welcomes Pearl to play. The setting of the forest further establishes, nature tells truth. When Hester gets relieved from the scarlet letter and let’s herself live passionately, Pearl represented as nature brings Hester back to reality, she reminds her that she’s not free yet and that she should put the scarlet letter back. The Scarlet Letter and the Puritan people in general dwelt very much on the supernatural and mysterious. Small examples include allusions to the Black Man and the constant description of Mistress Hibbins as a witch. However on chapter 12, Page 150 "Nothing was more common in those days than to interpret all meteoric appearances, and other natural phenomena that occurred with less regularity than the rise and set of the sun and moon, as so many revelations from a supernatural source." Hawthorne’s description of supernatural source definitely adds an aspect of awe and suspense to the book the fact that she shows this, lets Hawthorne establish this as a romantic novel. The Scarlet Letter is a perfect example of Romantic Literature of the 19th century. Nathaniel...
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