D.H. Lawrence Analysis

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Alex Almanza
Period 5 10/1/10
D.H. Lawrence Analysis
D.H. Lawrence’s essay, “On the Scarlet Letter”, 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, a choppy syntax and the use of repetition.

D.H Lawrence uses a sarcastic tone to form, and assert, two contrasting views, praise of Hester and criticism of Hester. For example, 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 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 as sarcasm, and it strengthens his, real, critical opinion of Hester. His real opinions challenge contrasting ones weakening them, therefore, further enforcing his own.

To further distinguish between when he is being serious or sarcastic, D.H. Lawrence uses repetition. D.H. Lawrence multiple repeats his sarcastic point of views, but when he states his true beliefs, he makes no repetition. This contrast in repetition brings out the contrast in seriousness. Like in the quote used in the previous paragraph, “A. Adulteress! Abel! Abel! Abel! Abel! Admirable. It becomes a farce.”, D.H. Lawrence repeats the word Abel, but the word farce is only used once. The variance in repetition creates an easily distinguishable difference between D.H. Lawrence’s sarcastic and actual beliefs.

D.H. Lawrence uses a choppy syntax with short concise sentences throughout his essay. The choppy nature of his syntax reads over as if it is multiple people rapidly talking about...
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