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During the Romantic period in the 19th century writers tended todeviate from conformity and focus more on imaginative and spontaneousthinking and beliefs Writers use the elements of Romanticism todevelop idealism and nonconformity in the characters NathanielHawthorne and Herman Melville are two examples of novelists and shortessay authors during this period In the novel The Scarlet LetterHawthorne shows various Romantic elements to dramatize Hester Prynnesthe protagonist experience when she was set apart from the society Hester Prynne and Dimmesdale the town minister as well as Hesterslover commits a sin that is unforgivable in the strict Puritansociety However unlike Hester who has to face the consequencesDimmesdale hides his secret from the society until the end when heconfesses before he dies In the short story Bartleby theScrivener Melville shows Bartlebys persistence and peculiarity as ascrivener Bartlebys mysterious background stirs up confusion andmixed feelings between the lawyer and the people around him The novelThe Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Bartleby the Scrivenerby Herman Melville demonstrate the value on individualism through thesymbolisms present in the experiences of the protagonists to portraythat the negative consequences that nonconformists face from societyalso bring personal growth and fulfillmentThe novel The Scarlet Letter exemplifies that the consequences of beingnonconformists can bring positive results through the value onindividualism Hester Prynne is shunned from the society when shecommitted adultery She wears the scarlet letter A to indicate andremind her of her crime Even though Hester was looked down upon byothers her individualism helps her stand out from the crowd Hesteroverlooks the societys opinion about her and continues to help thecommunity Eventually the society looks past Hesters sin and themeaning and significance of the A changes due to her thoughtfulnessand benevolence The society found her helpfulness as too powerful thatmany people refuse to interpret the scarlet A by its originalsignification They said that it meant Able so strong was HesterPrynne with a womans
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