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Category: Scarlet Letter

Synopsis and Summary of the Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in the mid 19th century is considered “the first great American novel and Hawthorne’s best work”(Thompson 312) The setting of the novel was in Boston in the 17th century when Puritanism was in full effect. The author of the novel, Nathaniel Hawthorne, changed . . . Read more

Sinful Fate in the Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a novel about adultery committed by young Hester Prynne and Reverend Dimmesdale in the Puritan world of seventeenth century Boston. Even though, they share the relationship of extremely opposing each other throughout the book, Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth, an alchemist, antagonist, and . . . Read more

The Nature of Revenge in the Scarlet Letter

Hawthorne’s masterpiece, The Scarlet Letter, has been interpreted and studied since it was first published in 1850. There is much conjecture on Hawthorne’s intended meaning; both literally and allegorically. However, most critics support the theme of adultery in this work. Many critics also agree with the themes of revenge and . . . Read more

Does Pearl have Preternatural Knowldege?

In the Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, does Pearl have preternatural knowledge of the symbolism of the letter and what the characters truly represent? Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is a novel about the guilt of sin in a Puritanical society and how sometimes it is better to face your . . . Read more

Scarlet Letter Novel vs. Movie

Films of this age are often criticized for lacking ‘substance’ and compensate for this discrepancy with explosions and elaborate camera work. Books, on the other hand, demand a bit more respect from the general public. Many believe that concocting a script is an unsophisticated mode of writing, a copper to . . . Read more

Symbolic characters in The Scarlet Letter

Symbolic characters are very important in most powerful novels. One classic that uses characters as symbols is The Scarlet Letter. This novel is about a woman in Puritan society, Hester, who commits adultery with her minister, Arthur Dimmesdale. She has a daughter, Pearl, and is forced to wear a scarlet . . . Read more

The Scarlet Letter Morality Issue

Through Hawthorne, the book The Scarlet Letter is written about love, sin, and most of all morals. Hawthorne creates many different perspectives on characters and their views. His vivid descriptions of the main trio of characters allow the reader to make their own decisions on who is morally right or . . . Read more

The Scarlet Letter Townspeople

The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, contains many profound characters. The townspeople intrigue the reader because they gradually evolve throughout the book, as would any solitary character. At the beginning of the novel, they are generally rigid and judgmental towards Hester, because she has committed adultery. Throughout the novel, . . . Read more

The Scarlet Letter Appearance vs. Reality

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter, a dark tale of sin and redemption, centres around the small Puritan community of Boston during the seventeenth century. Things and places in The Scarlet Letter are not always what they seem to be. There are major differences in the appearance of something to the . . . Read more

The Scarlet Letter 17th century Life

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne expresses the aspects of relationships, religion, community, discipline and punishment in the puritan community of 17th century Boston. Relationships between men and women were very constrained and that is what made adultery such a bad sin in the eyes of everyone in the community. . . . Read more

Hypocrisy In The Scarlet Letter

In The Scarlet, Letter Hypocrisy is evident everywhere. The characters of Hester, Dimmesdale, Chillingworth, and the very society that the characters lived in, were steeped in hypocrisy. Hawthorne was not subtle in his portrayal of the terrible sin of hypocrisy; he made sure it was easy to see the sin . . . Read more

Guilt Killed The Minister

Arthur Dimmesdale, from The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, was the perfect minister. He gave more powerful and touching sermons than anyone else around. He was the overall image of perfection for a minister. However, he had a grave secret that ate at him from within. He had committed adultery . . . Read more