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Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne born in Salem Massachusetts 1804 published The Scarlet Letter in1850 Since it was first published The Scarlet Letter has never been out of printnor out of favor with the literary critics It is inevitably included in listings of the five or ten greatest American novels Considered to be the best of Nathaniel Hawthornes writings it may also be the most typical The Scarlet Letter is Hawthornes masterpiece and his most profound exploration of sin alienation and spiritual regeneration1 Buckner In form it is a nearly perfect example of the static pictorial design that Hawthornes dreamvision of the world demanded given texture and solidity by the detailed representation of the Puritan-New England world of a hundred years before the date of its writing that is the scene of the story2 Mizener The novel traces the social moral psychological and spiritual- of Hester Prynnes adulterous relationship with the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale on four people the lovers themselves their daughter Pearl Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth Hesters husband1 Each of these characters Hester Pearl Dimmesdale and Chillingworth have different characteristics that help depict the storys plot Hester Prynne is a beautiful young woman who has sinned but is forgiven5 As the representative of individuality Hester rather than subjecting herself to the law subjects it to her own scrutiny she takes herself as a law She is not by nature rebellious and during the seven-year period of The Scarlet Letters action she certainly attempts to accept the judgment implicit in the letter The native strength of her character is certainly abetted by the fact that as a young woman in a society dominated by aging men she has no public importance In fact while the outward Hester performs deeds of mercy and kindness throughout the seven years the inward Hester grows ever more alienated and over time becomes- what she was not at first-a genuine revolutionary and social radical Had she spoken her
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