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Chapter fifteen titled Hester and Pearl in The Scarlet Letter byNathanial Hawthorne is filled with various literary techniques thatHawthorne often uses such as similes and imagery as well aspersonification In this chapter Hawthorne uses complex vocabulary toestablish a specific mood and engage the reader in the charactersemotions Although the chapter only lasts from page 160 to 166 its animportant inclusion in The Scarlet Letter because of the internalconflict the main character has in one of the chapter scenes Hawthorne uses a lot of imagery in his writing which helps the readervisualize the personalities of characters settings and events in thenovel much more clearly For example towards the end of chapter fifteenwhen the Pearl takes her mothers hand and holds it in between her ownit states It showed Pearl is an unwonted aspect Heretofore the mother whileloving her child with the intensity of a sole affection had schooledherself to hope for little return than the waywardness of an Aprilbreeze which spends its time in airy sport and has its gusts ofinexplicable passion and is petulant in its best of moods and chillsoftener than caress you when you take it to your bosom to describe how Hester views her daughters personality Instead ofsimply saying that Pearl had a temperamental personality Hawthornerelates her to an April breeze which allows the reader to not justsimply hear about her personality but visualize in their minds Thisspecific passage is also a great example of the type of personificationHawthorne uses throughout the novel He applies various humanisticqualities such as the ability to be passionate have petulant moodsand caress things to something thats not human which is the wind inthis case Furthermore this passage is also a simile because he iscomparing Pearls personality to that of an April wind Throughout thenovel Hawthorne frequently combines these literary techniques to createa passage full of description for the reader Hawthornes diction is made up of complex vocabulary and descriptivewords that sets a specific mood
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