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Mental and Psychological Event in The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter written by the famous Nathaniel Hawthorne there are many elements of mental and psychological events going on throughout the novel These forms of events are found mostly in discoveries made by the main characters of the book which are Hester Dimmesdale and Chillingworth These discoveries make the readers emotions flurry and bubble By using literary techniques and romanticism Hawthorne is able to give the characters discoveries a sense of suspense excitement and climax The first important discovery which is made by Hester Prynne occurs when she first realizes that her husband Roger Chillingworth is present at the scaffold scene where she is being punished for her acts of adultery It was sufficiently evident to Hester Prynne that one of this mans shoulders rose higher than the other Again at first instant of perceiving that thin visage and the slight deformity of the figure she pressed her infant to her bosom with so convulsive a force that the poor babe uttered another cry of pain Very soon however his look became keen and penetrative A writhing horror twisted itself across his features like a snake gliding swiftly over them and making one little pause with all its wreathed intervolutions in open sight When he found the eyes of Hester Prynne fastened on his own and saw that she appeared to recognize him he slowly and calmly raided his finger made a gesture with it in the air and laid it on his lips 67 This description of how Hester reacts when she meets the man she most hates is heart-breaking news When she forces Pearl to cry in pain it lets the readers know that something is wrong and that she is not looking forward to meeting this dark man in the crowd This adds suspense for the readers and introduces the villain to the story Deformity writhing horror and darkened
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