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In the world of literature authors many times strive to create a perspicuous easy to understand novel To keep from becoming convoluted they want to create a novel in which every aspect of the work including the plot character and symbols are clear-cut and definite However sometimes adding ambiguity provides a positive effect on a novel by allowing readers to interpret the book in their own way Because readers can have several interpretations each reader has the freedom to choose what he or she believes the author meant to convey Thus Nathaniel Hawthorne a great American writer creates one of his greatest works The Scarlet Letter through the use of ambiguity Because he supposedly found a mysterious package with the manuscript of the story Hawthorne tells this story from a indefinite point of view in which he himself offers several interpretations on certain matters and Hawthorne simply abandons some parts of his novel in ambiguity In The Scarlet Letter Hawthorne creates remarkable novel through the use of ambiguity especially in the characters and the scarlet letter of the novel To begin with Hawthorne creates major ambiguity in several of his characters For example Chillingworth presents one of Hawthornes ambiguous characters The author states that Chillingworth has knowledge of herbs and hints that he practices black magic He also hints that he has links towards Mistress Hibbons However he leaves the matter in ambiguity never actually revealing whether he had any direct connection with Satan Hawthorne instead ends chapter four with Hestor asking Art thou like the Black Man that haunts the forest about us Hast thou enticed me into a bond that will prove the ruin of my soul Chillingworth responds with a sinister smile with the reply of Not thy soul No not thine leaving the reader to wonder whether he truly is the Black Man Secondly Dimmesdale presents yet another example of Hawthornes ambiguity in his characters Obviously Dimmesdale has a fear
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