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The hundreds of pages in a typical novel come together to form an intricate web whose many strands may be united in the minds of readers to form infinitely different interpretations In many cases the authors representation of their pet issues or most relevant commentaries are depicted by the style of rhetoric Likewise through the use of tone diction sentence structure and imagery Nathaniel Hawthornes prime purpose in the excerpt from The Scarlet Letter is to foster in the conceivers mind a poignant culmination of the potent affection between two meaningful characters Hester and Dimmesdale The passage suggests a metaphysical mode indirectly implying the two characters Hester and Dimmesdale are transcendental two spiritsline 6 and disembodied beingsline8 By way of adverting such expressions Hawthorne formulates a spiritual image and perception The narrator pointing out the fact that their encounter takes place in the dim wood has a double effect line5 Primarily it tells us setting it gives us an idea of where this meeting takes place as far as this passage is concerned The wood being important as it had Hellish connotations in those days as people believed it was haunted by the black man Satan making the woods Hell a meeting place for sinners Arthur and Hester The other effect being the pun on the word dim Nathaniel Hawthorne chose dim for a reason it would serve the reader well to remember Authors last name is Dimmesdale to emphasize the mood and equally important to give a slight humor in the seriousness of the passage Hester and Dimmesdale after seven long years have been unable to discuss matters freely At first they are both ill at ease so they put off talking about what is really on their minds as they attempt casual conversation When they found the voice to speakit wasabout the gloomy sky the threatening storm line 19-20 Hawthornes diction sets a dismal tone ie gloomy threatening The complexity
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