A Unique Sense of Style
“ Words- so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.” (Nathaniel Hawthorne). Hawthorne was an extarordinarily remarkable author. His style was so unique that it even differed drastically from other authors in his own time period. One can see his one of a kind style in his most famous novel The Scarlet Letter. Hawthorne uses motifs, symbolism, and ambiguity to create a unique style of writing.
A motif that is commonly found in The Scarlet Letter is that of civilization versus the wilderness. The town of Boston represents civilization, where there are strict rules one has to follow because if they do not abide by these rules, they would be severely punished. The forest, on the other hand represents, social disorder where one can be whoever they want to be, and ultimately misbehave. The contrast of civilization and wilderness is seen in this following quote, “ Thou and I, Hester, never did…’ ‘ Never, never!... What we did had a consecration of its own. We felt it so! We said so to each other! Hast thou forgotten it?” (183). When Hester and Dimmesdale meet each other in the forest, they turn into happy love birds, but if they where in town they probably would have not even acknowledged each others presence. Also, Hester’s cottage is located on the outskirts of town. By placing her cottage at the outskirts of town, she remains in touch with civilization but it also serves as a place where she can create a life of relative peace. In addition to that, another motif seen in The Scarlet Letter is that of day and night. Daylight exposes one of secrets and makes one feel vulnerable to punishment. On the other hand, night conceals ones identity and activities that one can not do during the day. Dimmesdale revealed his sin in a way by being on the scaffold with Hester and Pearl but no one was able to witness it because it was past...
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