The Scarlet Letter Essay

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Name :Phuong Dong LeInstructor : Mrs.PriourDate : 10/7/2014THE SCARLET LETTERIntroduction.Nathaniel Hawthorne (July 4, 1804 - May 19, 1864) was an American novelist and short story writer. He was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1804, Nathaniel Hawthorne was the son of a sea captain. When he was just four years old, Hawthorne's father died, and his mother became a recluse. Hawthorne's name was originally spelled "Hathorne," but he decided to add the ''w. Later, they moved to Maine, and Hawthorne attended Bowdoin College. He became friends with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Franklin Pierce. In 1825, Hawthorne began writing, but he ended up burning his first short-story collection after it was rejected by publishers. Hawthorne wrote several novels and short stories, the most famous being The Scarlet Letter. He was still writing other stories until his death in May of 1864.The ...view middle of the document...

While Hester is receiving some of her punishment by standing on a scaffold, she spots her husband in the crowd. They later speak while she is in the jail, and he reveals that he is now using the alias Roger Chillingworth so that he is not associated with Hester. Everyone wants to know who Pearl's father is, but Hester refuses to tell; not even Pearl knows. Chillingworth begins a quest to get revenge on Pearl's father, whom the reader later finds out is Reverend Dimmesdale.There are a lot of themes and dialectical elements in The Scarlet Letter , which consist of Faith vs. doubt, Conventional vs. unconventional gender roles, Fate vs. Free will, the heart vs. the intellect,the real vs. the imaginary world ,good vs. evil, individual vs. society,guilt vs. innocence.The themes that I am going to prove in the paragraph are the Fate and Free will and the Real and the imaginary world also the man and the nature.The theme of sin manifests itself in Hester who sins against human and natural law and Chillingworth who sins against natural law. Hester Prynne commits the sin of adultery; however, her greatest sin was in initially marrying a man she did not love. Hester does not understand "how she could ever have been wrought upon to marry him! She deemed it her crime most to be repented of, that she had ever endured and reciprocated the lukewarm grasp of his hand, and had suffered the smile of her lips and eyes to mingle and melt into his own" (121). Although Hester was once able to conceive that she loved Chillingworth, she now realizes that it was only because she did not know true love. While she used to think of this domestic scene as happy long ago, she now sees how dismal it was and counts it among "her ugliest remembrances" (122). When married Chillingworth, she precluded the possibility of (legitimately) falling in love. She is more aggrieved about her initial sin because it is an offense against nature. Although reprehensible, Hester only sins is against herself, but Chillingworth sins against others.

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