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The Concept of Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter, a Novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter Symbols signify ideas and qualities by giving them a meaning that is different from their literal sense. They help the author portray overall ideas and morals for the story. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, a few examples of this include the rose bush outside the prison, Pearl, a...
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Guilt, Innocence, and Sin in The Scarlet Letter, a Novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Themes of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter, many themes are offered to the reader. The Scarlet Letter is a novel written in the 19th century by the first American author. A woman by the name of Hester Prynne commits adultery and is punished by being forced to wear...
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The Idea of Age, Wisdom, and Foolishness in an Experimental Format in Dr. Heidegger's Experiment, a Short Story by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Dr. Heidegger's Experiment Theme Paper Dr. Heidegger's Experiment, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a short story which addresses age, wisdom, and foolishness in an experimental format. The protagonist, Dr. Heidegger himself, runs a test on a couple of volunteers. The results are conclusive: wisdom is not a product of age; wisdo...
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Pearl as the Redeemer of Characters in The Scarlet Letter, a Novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Pearl as Redeemer Pearl is more of a symbol than a character in The Scarlet Letter, acting as the redeemer for each character and helping him or her atone and then achieve salvation. Most importantly, she aids Hester in her role as the Penitent Sinner, consistently forcing her to reflect on her sin and stay on the path of...
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The Struggles of Owen Warland in The Artist of the Beautiful, a Short Story by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Hawthorne’s Conundrum Much as his name suggests, Owen Warland wages a battle on society in The Artist of the Beautiful by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Throughout the story, he strives to create the Beautiful, a lifelike butterfly, and overcomes many setbacks to succeed briefly, only to have it destroyed in the story’s final parag...
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The Thin Line of Societal Laws in The Scarlet Letter, a Novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne
How far is too far? More often than not, society makes laws that cross the fine line between personal and political actions. Many members of society feel that it is necessary to dictate how citizens choose to live their lives by creating ridiculous laws and forcing the citizens to comply with them. Most of the time, this...
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The Significance of Pearl and Her Effect on the Characters in Paragraphs 2-3 in The Scarlet Letter, a Novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Key Passage Analysis: The Scarlet Letter In Chapter 6 of The Scarlet Letter, paragraphs 2-3 focuses on the significance of Pearl and her effect on the characters in the novel by utilizing the literary and rhetorical devices such as imagery, diction, and syntax. Nathaniel Hawthorne creates the idea that despite Pearl’s orig...
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The Use of Archetypes in The Scarlet Letter, a Novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Embodiment of Symbols- The Scarlet Letter Sinning along with the consequences of ostracization are embraced in The Scarlet Letter, a novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne constructed around the Puritan society. Told from the perspective of an unknown narrator, Hawthorne implements several archetypes to further the meaning of this t...
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The Major Role of Sexism in the Life of Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter, a Novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Reading Response In the historical novel, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1850), the protagonist Hester Prynne discovers that sexism takes a large role in her life by determining how the public looks and treats her for committing adultery, while on the opposite end of the line, the man whom she slept with was no...
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The Gloomy and Crude Characteristics of Society in The Scarlet Letter, a Novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne
In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the Puritan society is constantly described in opposition to the wilderness around it. One symbol of nature, the rose-bush, stands in stark contrast to the dark nature of society. This is demonstrated by the placing of the rose-bush next to the gloomy prison and outside the ugly...
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The Meaning of Maturity in Dr. Heidegger's Experiment by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O'Connor
The idea of measuring maturity has often proved to be a challenge for
physicians, educators, and developmental scientists. A human brain can be
fully mature, the body fully developed, yet some immeasurable part of the
psyche remains far from mature. Despite depicting characters of
drastically different backgrouds, both Dr...
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A Comparison of Flannery O'Connor and Nathaniel Hawthorne's Beliefs about Family
The messages of family and relationships in Young Goodman Brown and A Good Man is Hard to Find reveal each author’s opinions about family. Young Goodman Brown, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne is about a man named Young Goodman Brown who comes from a Puritan background. When tested by the devil, he loses his family and spirit...
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The Importance of Finding Happiness and Freedom in The Scarlet Letter, a Novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne
“‘Do I feel joy again?’ cried he, wondering at himself. “Methought the germ of it was dead in me! O Hester, thou art my better angel! I seem to have flung myself - sick, sin-stained, and sorrow-blackened - down upon these forest-leaves, and to have risen up all made anew, and with new powers to glorify Him that hath been me...
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The Self-Destruction and Consequences of Revenge in The Scarlet Letter, a Novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Revenge: Acceptable or Condemnable? Living creatures often find themselves at odds with the individuals with whom they associate. In the event of defeat, humans seek revenge on the victor in hopes of satisfying the desire for justice. While this option appeals to one’s wounded pride, several drawbacks accompany acts of rev...
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A Review of Nathaniel Hawthorne's Views and Intensive Use of Symbolism
One who has read any member of Nathaniel Hawthorne's collection of literature might have picked up on the fact that he was very fond of symbolism and allegory. Anyone who has studied Hawthorne to any extent would pick up on the author's particular disdain for the Calvinist/ Puritan theologies he was raised to believe in....
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The Conversation between Dimmesdale and Chillingworth in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter
Chillingworth has the idea that Dimmesdale might be Pearl’s father. They talk about keeping secrets, and Dimmesdale thinks that people who keep their secrets as opposed to revealing them, despite the consequences, are more miserable. Dimmesdale and Chillingworth talk about the justification of keeping one’s sinful secret fr...
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne: Punishment vs. Forgiveness and Other Themes
The Scarlet Letter Punishment means the infliction or imposition of a penalty as retribution of an offense, whereas forgiveness means the action or process of forgiving or being forgiven. The Scarlet Letter written by Nathaniel Hawthorne depicts punishment vs. forgiveness, as well as several other themes. Nathaniel Hawt...
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The Literary Archetypes in The Scarlet Letter, a Novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Scarlet Letter ICE Revision The Puritans were among the first of the English to colonize in early
America. These people left Europe, determined, courageous and powerful, to
pursue their own religious ideals and practices in the New World. Their
values as a strict and religious people set the stage for Hester Prynn...
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The Theme of Nature and Science in The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Research Paper We as humans have a hard time accepting ourselves, and we often strive for perfection. We think that messing with nature by using science will fix our problems and we will become this seemingly “perfect” generation of human beings. However, nobody is perfect and you cannot tamper with nature. Natha...
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The Life of Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter, a Novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne
In Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, we meet very interesting and detailed characters, including the main protagonist, Hester Prynne. Hester goes through quite a few changes throughout the novel, both emotional and physical. From the start of the book, we don’t know much about Hester’s life, except that she was married to a...
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The Loyalty and Commitment of Parson Hooper in The Minister's Black Veil, a Short Story by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nathaniel Hawthorne tells a story titled The Minister's Black Veil, of a minister that views himself as a representative of God.  Hawthorne instills the qualities of loyalty and commitment in his main character, Parson Hooper, because although he is being shunned by the community, he fulfills his vow to God.  Hooper believe...
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Young Goodman Brown's Meeting With the Devil in Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Great Eye Opening So many themes are packed into Nathanial Hawthorne’s short story, “Young Goodman Brown” that it’s nearly impossible to touch on just one, without integrating another. Because there is so much depth and feeling radiating from Hawthorne’s writing, a reader can get easily confused. I know I myself had to...
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A Comparison of the Types of Freedom in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Two Types of Freedom When comparing Zora Neale Hurston’s Novel Their Eyes Were Watching God to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Novel The Scarlet Letter, one common motif comes to mind instantly, freedom. Both books consistently use symbols such as clothing and hair confinement to get the theme of female oppression across to the...
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Public Humiliation in The Scarlet Letter, a Novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Social Themes Present in The Scarlet Letter: Then and Now The Scarlet Letter, a harsh story of a woman’s struggle in a Puritan society of 17th century Boston, can represent today`s society in a variety of ways. Though set in two different eras, both then and now continue to have similar social themes. Society constantly...
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The Pursuit of New Knowledge in The Birth-Mark, a Short Story by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Romantic period was a movement of the arts that made a lasting impression in history, and on the people from that time and the future generations to come. This was a time when artists and writers expressed their inner thoughts and exposed the inner workings of their mind. They focused on bare, overwhelming emotions that...
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