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Nathaniel Hawthornes sets a tone by way of eloquently placed adjectives and use if terms such as sad-colored garments throng and heavily timbered with oak In The Scarlet Letter The first paragraph of a solid piece of literature often sets the foundation for the work as well as giving the reader valuable insight into the setting and mood of the piece Hawthorne manipulates the readers senses with the word sad-colored taking two completely opposite terms and combining them creating a vivid mood He uses the word sad-colored garments in context with clothes The uniformity of the colors that the people are wearing indicates that an event is taking place Also specific groups of people tend to dress similarly possibly suggesting that they are from the same religious background The sadness of the colors might even indicate the age group of these menwomen Sad-colored not only tells of the color of the garments but also of the mood itself The very word sad depicts a specific feeling but Hawthorne combines this feeling with a visual aspect thereby giving the reader a clearer picture and enabling the reader to become more emotionally involved While referencing a group Hawthorne chooses to use a more colorful adjective throng which is much more descriptive then A group of people The terminology paints a distinct picture suggesting that the group is not just loitering around for no given purpose but instead is assembled for a specific reason the assumption is again strengthened by the use of words indicating that similar attire is being worn Which implies that this gathering of people possess some sort of significance andor importance By that it can be assumed that an event or happening of some sort is taking place or is about to take place Hawthorne then describes the door of the edifice in which this throng of people in sad-colored clothes is gathered
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