Scarlett Letter Essay

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Corresponding Themes
Anthony Dargan
January 5, 2013
English 3B
Hawthorne uses common themes throughout many of his stories, such as the novel The Scarlet Letter and the short story “Rappaccini’s Daughter.” The common theme shared between these two stories is corruption. Hawthorne uses light and dark imagery, diction, details, and other elements to bring out themes in his stories. Hawthorne is very detailed, even when it comes to the smallest things, such as the Scarlet Letter that was worn by Hester. In Hawthorne’s stories there are a lot of questions left by the reader until the end of the book is reached. This is a very good strategy as it keeps the readers attentive and curious about what will happen next in the story.

Corruption is shown many ways throughout the short story, “Rappaccini’s Daughter.” One way the theme of corruption is shown in “Rappaccini’s Daughter” is by the other professor, Baglioni, is dishonest. Baglioni is dishonest because he told Giovanni that if he gave Beatrice this antidote it would cure her but instead it killed her. Beatrice is the only innocent one in the story because it is not her fault that she cannot interact with other people and she had to think fast when trying to stop Giovanni from touching the plant and had no idea that she was poisonous. Also, Rappachini knew that Giovanni was going to be poisoned eventually like Beatrice and instead of trying to help him he kept his distance and let Giovanni become in-able to interact with other humans.

Corruption is also shown many ways throughout The Scarlet Letter. One way it is shown in The Scarlet Letter is through the character of Reverend Dimmesdale. When you think of a Reverend you would expect them to be a leader, honorable, and have good behavior. Rev. Dimmesdale is the exact opposite; he is Hester Prynne’s partner in crime. Then there is Chillingworth, he is the known as the “evil” character in the story because he tries getting revenge on Rev. throughout the entire...
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