A.P. Lit 11
Common throughout religious stories we read today mainly focuses on how the author feels about their faith. However, in Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter it composed a both beautiful and tragic story while still creating a deep impact on the conflicting views of the society and nature in the Puritan society. Hawthorne uses his main characters in this novel to focus on three main rhetorical strategies; symbolism, hypocrisy and maliciousness. While using these strategies Hawthorne is able to create a story of a woman who was condemned and exposed of her sin in the Puritan Society.
The author begins his story by using different forms of nature to clarify his illustration of the New England Prison. A black flower is used to symbolize the corruption that is present within the society. In chapter 1, when describing the prison the black flower is comparable to the current prison that is housing all the criminals due to corruption since the Puritans religion is to be free of corruption and sin. Also a rose-bush is used as another symbol of nature in the story. The prison was used to represent harsh justice and on the side of the dark prison was a rose bush. A reader could come to the conclusion that the rush bush would represents Gods grace for the prisoner leaving and for the ones coming forth. Hester Prynne is the first character in the novel that Hawthorne uses to display his first strategy of symbolism. Hester is a common women in society who can easily be judged by whatever she does just by the letter on her chest. For example, she committed the sin of adultery. The bible says man should not leave his wife and take up another one so as to remarry her cause this is one of the most serious sins. Since Hester was religious we can tie this sin in with her. Although, in the puritan society an adulteress...
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