"The Scarlet Letter" Essays and Research Papers

The Scarlet Letter

Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter “He that falls into sin is a man; that grieves at it, is a saint; that boasteth of it, is a devil” (Thomas Fuller). In modern times, society doesn’t sentence a man to jail time for committing the crime of adultery. We have grown to accept adultery more in our society today than people did in the 17th century. Back then, committing the sin of adultery was as bad as murder, and an adulterer could be sentenced to death. Luckily for Hester Prynn in The Scarlet Letter, she is...

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Bryce Hernandez March 16, 2013 Ms. Leonard English 11 Redeeming the Sins of the Scarlet Letter Sin is as much a part of life as anything else, and most are not simply forgiven over time for their sins. They must redeem themselves, through actions and words, for their sins. Sin and redemption is not only a theme of life, it is also a major theme in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The Scarlet Letter takes place in New England, during the Puritan Era. The novel takes place around a sin...

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Amelia B. Professor Gao English 430 Spring 2012 “Scarlet Letter” Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter is a story full of themes of guilt, pride, hypocrisy, retribution, and isolation. Taking place during the seventeenth century, the story of Hester Prynne and her famed scarlet letter depicts a story of unconceivable proportions. Guilt, Sin and Judgment Perhaps the foremost purpose of The Scarlet Letter is to illustrate the difference between shaming someone in public and allowing...

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Nathaniel Hawthorne"s, The Scarlet Letter is a book about a woman, Hester, who moves to Boston from England during the Puritan times. She has a husband, and tells the colonists of Boston he will be arriving to be with her soon. After years go by and he doesn"t arrive, Hester finds another man whom she becomes close to. She becomes pregnant and the town finds out she has committed adultery. She is forced to wear a letter "A," meaning "adulteress," on her bosom for the rest of her life. The book focuses...

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F. Lucas Dr. Coleman English 3 Honors 5 October 2012 The Scarlet Letter In The Scarlet Letter, the author Nathaniel Hawthorne utilizes the minor characters Pearl Prynne and Roger Chillingworth to provoke the major characters in the novel, as well as to further portray existent themes and ideas developing through other parts of the story. Throughout the course of the novel, Pearl’s persistent fixation on the scarlet letter “A” embroidered on Hester’s chest acts as a constant reminder for...

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The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is a book of love, lust, passion, and punishment. The main character Hester Prynne is right in the middle of all of these things, along with being in the middle of a rocky relationship with her husband. In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne shows the reader the consequences of being part of an unfair relationship. It is the society's comfort zone, having males dominate. Males have always been thought to be stronger, braver, and...

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Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Literature Classified as Anti-Transcendentalist Nathaniel Hawthorne an American romantic writer, whose literature is known for its Anti-Transcendentalism, wrote Young Goodman Brown and The Scarlet Letter. Nathaniel Hawthorne is a writer during the American Romantics, where the majority of writing is focused on nature, supernatural elements; one’s psychology and the criticism of society’s “norm”. Nathaniel is Hawthorne known for his notorious Anti-Transcendentalist literature...

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Scarlet’s Change In the Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the scarlet letter portrays the image and a story of a young woman who has committed adultery and is forced to wear the scarlet letter “A” on the center of her chest. Hawthorne tells about her life and how she goes through life with the excruciating burden like that of sin. When Hester Prynne is first accused of committing adultery, the puritan society refuses to acknowledge her for they fear the effects of the scarlet letter. As time progresses...

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One of the most complex and elaborate characters in The Scarlet Letter is Pearl, the daughter of Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale. Pearl, throughout the story, develops into a dynamic individual, as well as an extremely important symbol. Pearl is shunned because of her mother's sin. Pearl is a living representation of the scarlet letter - acting as a constant reminder of Hester's sin. Hawthorne uses vivid descriptions to characterize Pearl. She is first described as the infant; "...whose...

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Marta Azarpour August, 30th 2011 English Hester’s Public Suffering vs. Dimmesdale’s Lie The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a novel set in the mid-seventeenth century, which tells the story of Hester Prynne, a woman who commits a sin in her home in Boston. With a child in her arms from another man who is not her husband, Hester is obligated to wear a scarlet ‘A’ (which stands for adultery) on her chest. As part of her sentence, she is locked up in prison with her daughter...

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The Scarlet Letter The Puritan Society is an important part of American history, it outlines America’s brief moment of theocracy and extreme social order. The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, depicts Boston, Massachusetts during the time of puritanism and follows a young woman, Hester Prynne, through her trials and tribulations under her sin. The Scarlet Letter is repetitive of its time period through Dimmesdale’s state of religious anxiety and self-punishment, the glorification...

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The Scarlet Letter Questions 1. Nathaniel Hawthorne, a dark American Romantic writer, was born on July 4th, 1804, in the town of Salem Massachusetts. Hawthorne wrote many works of literature, his first one was The Scarlet Letter. With this novel, came enough success for Hawthorne to completely devote himself to his writings. In 1851, he left Salem to draft and complete his second book, which he called The House of the Seven Gables. His other novels were, The Blithedale Romance and The Marble Faun...

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Kristin Moseley Professor Hooks English 101 20 July 2009 The Scarlet Letter: Literary Criticism Published in 1850, The Scarlet Letter is considered Nathaniel Hawthorne's most famous work, and the first quintessentially American novel in style, theme, and language. Set in seventeenth-century Puritan Massachusetts, the novel centers around the travails of Hester Prynne, who gives birth to daughter Pearl after an adulterous affair. Hawthorne's novel concerns the consequences of the affair...

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English III H P.3 October 16, 2012 Mr. Dicus The Scarlet Letter Regret as a verb is defined as “to feel sorry about something previously done that now appears wrong.” Throughout The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses characterizations to illustrate Hester Prynne’s journey of overcoming her regret, adultery, on which this whole book is written. The puritan people intended to shame Hester when she is branded a sinner with the use of a scarlet colored “A”, but Hester learns to embrace the “A”...

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The Scarlet Letter The scarlet letter is a tragedy. The puritan society is responsible for Dimmesdale's downfall because its members expect him to be perfect, and he is not. His inability to give the people what they require from him ultimately leads to his downfall. Dimmesdale has an affair with Hester Prynne, a married Puritan woman. Hester gives birth to their daughter, Pearl. "Children have always a sympathy in the agitations of those connected with them; always, especially, a sense of any...

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The Scarlet Letter—by Nathaniel Hawthorne Short Response Questions: Respond to the following questions in 100-150 words each. Limit your answers, but do use text support where necessary. You may type on this document, save it as your own, and upload it with answers to turnitin.com. Use an appropriate MLA heading in the upper right. Do this by inserting a header. Use MLA parenthetical citation for all quotes. 1. Which character of The Scarlet Letter is innocent? In The Scarlet Letter, Pearl...

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 The Puritan and Romanticist Ideas of The Scarlet Letter The standards that the Puritan ideal set are virtually impossible for any human to attain. Part of the ideal was that they believed that man only existed for the Glory of God and to do only His will in effort to obtain future happiness. Religion governed the community and all aspects of life in these communities. Since the ideal was almost impossible to attain, society was fraught with sin. Hawthorne addresses sin and transformation...

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Symbols in The Scarlet Letter Symbolism plays an important role in many novels. Held with the distinction of implying important themes, symbols add depth to a story. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter takes place in Boston, Massachusetts, in the 1640’s. Embellished with symbols and hidden themes, the novel tells “a tale of human frailty and sorrow” (Hawthorne 46). In addition to human flaw and sadness, the novel reveals inhumane punishment and torture from the government and citizens...

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Andrew Martinez AP English III Mrs.Jones October 8, 2014 The scarlet letter the story of a young woman which committed what was considered to be one of the most vile sins of her time. That sin was adultery and for committing such a sin her punishment was public humiliation in the form of a scarlet letter a worn upon her bosom. Hester Pryne the wife of Roger Pryne (aka Chillingworth) was left waiting alone for two years for the arrival of her husband in the new world for two long lonesome years...

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The Scarlet Letter Essay – Amy Campbell - November 2011  Topic A: How are Hester, Dimmesdale, Pearl & Chillingworth redeemed by the end of the novel? (Or, how are they not?)   In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel – ‘The Scarlet Letter’, the four main characters, Arthur Dimmesdale, Roger Chillingworth, Hester Prynne and her daughter Pearl, are all involved in and affected by each other’s wrongdoings. Sin and redemption are two central themes in Hawthorne’s work. The sin that initiates this conflict...

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Who’s In Charge Here? In The Scarlet Letter, the majority of the action happens not between characters, but within them. Guilt, passion, love, and hate all play key roles in the development of the novel. “The Sins of the Fathers: Hawthorne’s Psychological Themes,” a critique penned by Frederick C. Crews, explores the inner workings of Hawthorne’s characters. He argues that characters in The Scarlet Letter act not of their own accord, but instead are ruled absolutely by “feelings that [they] neither...

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Sin in The Scarlet Letter Since the dawn of time people have read, studied and enjoyed books in which the hero or heroes fall from grace. No matter who those heroes are- the human race in The Bible,the demon prince Lestat in Anne Rice's "Vampire Chronicles"or a certain Thane of Cawdor in "Macbeth"- sin plays a greatpart in all of their downfalls and subsequent ressurections.And the three main characters in Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter"-Dimmesdale, Chillingsworth...

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Idealism, Logic, and Puritanism in the Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel, The Scarlet Letter, is about the struggle three people face while trying to live their lives and find happiness in a Puritan society. In the early 1640s, Hester comes to the small town of Boston, Massachusetts, while her husband, Roger Chillingworth, settles business in Great Britain. Hester and Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, the town's priest, engage in the act of adultery and produce a baby girl named Pearl; though...

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is the main theme in The Scarlet Letter. All of the characters in the book were somehow affected by the main sin, which was adultery. The three main characters were the most widely affected, and their whole lives were molded by the way they dealt with the sin. The sin surrounds, encloses, and strangles them. There was no escaping from its cruel consequences. Hester Prynne's sin was labeled an adulteress, and the result of this was that she had to wear the scarlet letter "A." She feels that her...

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same time showing that she loves Pearl and in turn that she does not have a bitter attitude about the events that led to her birth as someone who doesn’t care about the would. Dimmesdale’s Internal Conflict: One of the major themes of “The Scarlet Letter” deals directly with the internal conflict Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale is faced with for much of the book; Dimmesdale tries to convince himself to stay true to himself and is successful in the end. He is torn between the obligation he has with his...

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Reading Report The Scarlet Letter Abstract The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne explores several aspects in the Puritan community of 17th century Boston. Such as the relationship, religion, community, discipline and punishment and so on. Relationship between men and women are very constrained and that are what made adultery such a bad sin in the eyes of everyone in the community. Religion seems to govern over all. Reverends own high status in the Puritan...

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Tajbik Sheikh The Scarlet Letter Intro In the 16th century, Puritans immigrated to America from Great Britain in order to escape religious persecution, and by the mid 17th century they had erected a well established society based on their theological beliefs. The Puritan religion was one of austerity and geared towards spiritual devotion rather than worldly possessions. Puritans followed rigid laws which rarely changed with time. They also had little tolerance for anyone who broke these laws...

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Kayla Lang 1/21/14 Sin Victimizes the Innocent In the novel The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne explores the idea of sin and how it affected those in the Puritan era. Hester Prynne, with her baby in her arms, is ridiculed in front of the entire town. Hester and her daughter are shunned to a house on the outskirts of town, isolating them from the Puritan community. Pearl and Hester grow up in the town alone as social outcasts, but they do have each other. Pearl is raised by her single mother...

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The Scarlet Letter: Reading Assignment As we are reading The Scarlet Letter, we will analyze the author’s narrative devices, thematic developments, and language devices. 1. With each reading assignment, you will compose two thoughtful, opened questions to bring to the class discussion. These questions should address either the author’s use of narrative technique and/or his development of theme. Narrative: How does the author use narrative technique in this section? Consider...

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by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter and second by Arthur Miller, The Crucible, say a lot about puritan lives during this time period. The Scarlet Letter took place in Boston, Massachusetts, and The Crucible took place in Salem, Massachusetts. Both of his works deal with sin, its effects on different characters, people's reactions, each character's conflicts, and their resolution to the conflicts. Dimmesdale, who is one of the main characters in The Scarlet Letter, and John Proctor, who is in...

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in The Scarlet Letter It is possible for someone to become so consumed by revenge that his health suffers. He has been wronged by someone and believe in “tit for a tat”, so they choose getting even instead of forgiveness. This may seem like the easiest and fairest way to live life, but it can completely occupy lives and cloud judgment. Roger Chillingworth chose to take revenge on Dimmesdale (for the affair the minister had with his wife) in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter. His need...

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English 3AP The Scarlet Letter Test 1. In the passage beginning at the bottom of page 37 (It was a circumstance…) and ending on page 39 (here comes Mistress Prynne herself), the narrator seems to feel that the women of the era A) are harsher in their judgments than are the ruling menB) are overly submissive to menC) are without exception bitter-tempered D) are more refined than the narrator’s contemporariesE) are explicitly to blame for Hester’s sin 2. The conversation beginning...

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Theme of Punishment in Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter: The Theme of Punishment Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter deals with many themes, the most powerful being punishment. In this novel, Hester Prynne becomes a highly respected person in a Puritan society by overcoming one of the harshest punishments, the scarlet letter. This object on "her bosom"; however, does the exact opposite of that which it was meant for. Eventually, Hester Prynne inverts all the odds against here due to her ...

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” A Parasitic Worm-Leech The uses of blood-sucking leeches as medical tools are prevalent, but a lot of people still detest “leeches” and in The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne used both characteristics of a leech to epitomize Roger Chillingworth, the husband of Hester, the protagonist. In the story, to find the man who gave birth to Hester’s child, Chillingworth entered the Puritan town, where Hester and Dimmesdale lived in. In the town, people considered doctors as “leeches” and Chillingworth lived...

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Stereotypes in the Scarlet Letter

novel The Scarlet Letter that some dogmatic attempts by society to label a person by his or her actions in the past will fail. Subjectivity across the community and throughout time changes the meaning of a symbol society implements to control an idea. The scarlet letter “A” Hester Prynne wears exemplifies this. The town wants the object to arouse feelings of ignominy towards Hester; however, not everyone who meets Hester interprets it the same way. The town originally regards the letters as a signification...

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On the Symbolism of The Scarlet Letter Introduction: Nathaniel Hawthorne is a great romantic novelist in America in the 19th century. His novel, The Scarlet Letter, is considered as the first American psychological novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It reveals the psychological insight with which Hawthorne proved guilt and anxiety in the human soul. The Scarlet Letter is deeply concerned with ethical problems of sin, punishment, and atonement. The background of the story is set in Salem, Massachusetts...

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Scarlet Letter Essay

Hester’s Scarlet Letter In the novel, The Scarlet Letter, the protagonist, Hester Prynne, is forced to publically wear her sin on her sleeve. She committed adultery, which was a sin that was highly chastised by the Puritan society. The Scarlet Letter that Hester wore first symbolized the burden and humiliation that accompanied the sin. Throughout the novel however, the meaning of the letter changed to parallel Hester’s own development into a strong, independent woman. The letter starts out...

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The Scarlet Letter Symbolism

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author makes it clear the main idea is sin and guilt. In the puritan world sin is typically punished with death or embarrassment. Embarrassment is the punishment Hester Prynne was punished with. Nathaniel Hawthorne uses symbols throughout the book to support the main idea. Three symbols in The Scarlet Letter that supports this main idea is: The letter “A,” Hester’s daughter Pearl, and colors. The most obvious symbol is the scarlet letter A. In...

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The Evolution of the Scarlet Letter

The Evolution of the Scarlet Letter At what point in time can one truly forgive themselves for a sin they have committed? A week? A month? A year? And what about peers? When do they start forgiving for a sin? Throughout The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne learns answers to such questions after it is learned she in an adulteress. Hester’s scarlet letter serves as a reminder to herself and her peers of the sins she has committed, and there is a true evolution from the beginning...

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Symbolism in the Scarlet Letter

Symbolism in "The Scarlet Letter" "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne is full of many different themes, symbols, ironies, and conflicts. All of these aspects are crucial to the construction and dramatization of the plot. In literature, symbolism is the deepness and hidden meaning behind the story. Symbolism plays a major role in developing the themes of Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter"; symbols such as the rosebush at the prison, Hester's daughter Pearl, and the Scarlet Letter itself, among...

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Guilt and Innocence in The Scarlet Letter

Innocence in _The Scarlet Letter_ Knowledge and sin connect in the Judeo-Christian tradition in the story of Adam and Eve. Sin becomes the outcome in the story of Adam and Eve when they get thrown out of the Garden of Eden. After their banishment from the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve must work and bear children. Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale experience similar situations as Adam and Eve in the novel _The Scarlet Letter_ written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. For Hester, the scarlet letter becomes her ticket...

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The Scarlet Letter Essay

The Scarlet Letter Expository Essay Doesn’t redemption require more than just a simple sorry? Nathaniel Hawthorne uses the letter “A” to prove redemption may be possible through one’s admirable actions. As stated in The Scarlet Letter, "Many people refused to interpret the scarlet A by its original signification.” (Hawthorne 111) meaning Hester Prynne changed the view that others had of her because of her scarlet letter. The punishment from a women’s wrongdoing was soon interpreted from a symbol...

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The Marvelous Meaning of the Scarlet Letter

marriage. A reported 95% of Americans today have had premarital sex. In today’s society, premarital sex is not considered a sin to most people. In the 1800s, it was a different story. In the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne was found guilty of adultery, branded with a scarlet A, and shunned by the town--an extreme punishment by modern standards. This A that Hester was forced to embroider onto all of her clothing symbolized not only her sin, but the A also held meaning for...

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Sin and Forgiveness in the Scarlet Letter

Sin and Forgiveness in The Scarlet Letter Hawthorne uses the theme of sin and forgiveness throughout The Scarlet Letter to portray the protagonists and antagonists of the story. Hawthorne uses comparative techniques through dark versus light, and nature versus civilization. With both of these he is giving underlying comparisons of sin and forgiveness. Hawthorne uses comparisons to show the reader that by having the inability to forgive, he/she is committing the sin of pride and is no better than...

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The Scarlet Letter: a Symbolic Narrative

The Scarlet Letter: A Symbolic Narrative After reading any sort of book or story, the reader may sit back and think about how the book was written. For example, one may look at the style, genre, and origins of the book. In this case, after reading The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, I took a look back at how this great author created such a great work of literature that we still read some 160 years later. What I found was that this is simply a piece of well-written, mind enhancing symbolic...

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Interpretations of the Scarlet Letter

Tiana McCorvey Period 4 11/16/10 Interpretations of the Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is one of the best-selling and most read novels in America. Of course, with this “romance,” as Hawthorne called it, being so popular some of the famed producers and actors tried to make a movie from it, as Daniels explains in his article “Bad Movies/Worst History: The 1995 Unmaking of The Scarlet Letter.” Times after time, there have been at least 10 productions and none have them...

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The Scarlet Letter Symbols

Matthews Mrs. Tubbs AP English 02 October 2012 The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter is a novel filled with important symbols, each with many meanings. Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The Scarlet Letter, knew how to express these symbolswith a creative tough. He used the “A”, the scaffold, and the prison to describe the Puritan society. The symbols or The Scarlet Letter help create a theme, the conflict, and the characters. The scarlet “A” makes its way to be the most important symbol in...

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The Scarlet Letter "A"Stands for Able

stand for Able Its about a woman named Hester Prynne who has a baby out of wedlock. She commited adultery by doing that because her husband wasn't dead like she originally thought. So as punishment for her sin, she is forced to wear a scarlet A on her chest. The A stands for adultery. All the people shunned her and were not allowed to forgive and forget. She ever had to live outside the city limits. It is totally true what she did was wrong. But how long can people punish her? More...

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Scarlet Letter Analysis

characters and Puritan beliefs in The Scarlet Letter. He masterfully depicts a newly settled New England and it's strict religious faith, which is still seen in much of New England today. He uses symbolism, irony and to fully bring out the true potential of his story. Nathaniel Hawthorne beautifully crafts his story by using symbolism to reveal details about the story and its characters. In The Scarlet Letter one of the most obvious and prominent symbols is the scarlet "A" placed on Hester. But many...

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Critical Analysis: the Scarlet Letter

the book The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne is convicted of adultery and ordered to wear the scarlet letter "A" on her chest as a permanent sign of her sin. Hester is sentenced to never take off this badge of shame, and doesn't until chapter thirteen. As the novel proceeds, Hawthorne presents several questions that are left unanswered. How does the nature of the letter "A" seem to change? What role of does Hester's own response to her situation play in changing the meaning of the letter "A"? How does...

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The Scarlet Letter and the Crucible Comparison

Skyler Vincent English 2333 Amanda Cuellar April 04, 2012 In The Crucible and The Scarlet Letter, they are both known to be a part of the Puritan religion. The puritans are known to be very strict. Often people are put to cruel punishments for mistakes or sins they had committed. The actions they take to “punish” a person are extreme. The Puritans act and seem so committed to their religion. The people seem “Holy” but you never really know what happens behind closed doors. The Puritan religion...

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Readers Response of ‘Scarlet Letter’

Readers Response of ‘Scarlet Letter’ Despite the declination in the personal and societal standards of morality in the past century, it is still evident today that a universal standard of ethics does indeed exist in every civilization. Likewise, these communities administer consequences upon those who fail to meet up to those principles. The severity of the punishment inflicted rests solely on the offender, the offense and the society itself. For Hester Prynne, the penalty for fornication...

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Open Endedness of the Scarlet Letter

EXAMINE THE SCARLET LETTER AS AN OPEN-ENDED NOVEL Hawthorne wrote during the Romantic Period in American literature which lasted from 1830 to 1865. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Herman Melville, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edgar Allen Poe, and Walt Whitman were his literary contemporaries. The Scarlet Letter is considered a piece of American Romantic literature because it is set in a remote past, the Puritan era 200 years prior to Hawthorne’s time, and because it deals with the interior...

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The Scarlet Letter and The Crucible

Huston 1  Zakary Huston  Mr. Montalbano  AP English Language and Composition  11 August 2014  The Scarlet Crucible    Both Arthur Miller’s ​ The Crucible​  and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s ​ The Scarlet Letter​  include  instance of settlers of the New England colonies being affected by Puritan law. Their  commentary on Puritan society is spread throughout their works. Their views on the laws set  forth by Puritanism are easily found within their stories about the various occurrences in a  theocracy...

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Symbols in "The Scarlet Letter"

Symbols in "The Scarlet Letter" Janice Schuster A The Scarlet Letter In The Scarlet Letter, symbols appear everywhere. Hawthorne uses several different concrete objects to represent something of deeper meaning. Among these symbols is the scarlet letter "A" itself. It is made of red cloth and beautifully embroidered. It...

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Conflict in the Scarlet Letter

Conflict in The Scarlet Letter Human nature, while impressively complex, also has various poor qualities. Often these imperfections result in conflicts which are in turn depicted in works of literature. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, set in an old Puritan community, is centered on several conflicts of human nature that result from the adultery and punishment of Hester Prynne. There are three major conflicts each for which Hawthorne created a specific main character to illustrate:...

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Scarlet Letter Images

10.17.2012 Ms. Boas P.1 The Scarlet Letter Light, Dark, Sunlight and Shadows Throughout his entire life, Nathaniel Hawthorne had lived in seclusion from people and society, isolating himself and his thoughts behind a mysterious shade. This may explain why the themes of sin, secrecy and guilt are used in Hawthorne’s fiction, exploring hidden human dimensions. The images of sin, secrecy, and guilt are constantly portrayed in Nathaniel Hawthorne's, The Scarlet Letter, through the presence of recurring...

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The Worst Sinner in the Scarlet Letter

The Worst Sinner in The Scarlet Letter In The Scarlet Letter there are three main sinners presented to the reader. Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth are all written with their own forms of sin, and each has a unique coping mechanism for their sins and guilt. Sin, at this time, was a hugely important part of daily life, and punishment for one’s sins was universally seen as not only a positive thing, but a necessary action to keep the people of the colony pure. Both...

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Settings in the Scarlet Letter

Zakk Hartwig PIB English 10 Period 2G October 20, 2010 The Scarlet Letter In the novel The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne uses many different settings to portray important functions and significance. Several of the settings such as the prison and cemetery, the town, Governor Bellingham’s house, the scaffold, the forest, the lighting, and so on have a deeper definition. The settings act as theme enhancers that make the novel more complex and classic. Hawthorne’s use of setting is spectacular in...

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Feminism in the Scarlet Letter

to establish the whole relation between man and woman on a surer ground of mutual happiness” (ch.24).The definition of feminism would be women are inherently equal to men and deserve equal rights and opportunities. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne is the key example for feminism in the novel. In Puritan times, women were thought of as lesser than men. Women’s purposes were to raise children and give them good morals and values. Women did not have jobs; they wore the plainest...

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