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A reverend has sex with a married woman and denies the baby of his own for seven years Sounds like a sitcom on FOX but it is the plot of The Scarlet Letter written by Nathaniel Hawthorne If Hawthorne intended us to read this novel solely based on plot he would not have written it He is a romantic believing in strong emotions that contradicted those of the rationalist views of thought and logic The Scarlet Letter written during the time of the Romantic Era represents romantic literature Romantics had 10 certain characteristics that separated themselves from the rationalist Those characteristics are being young and possessing youthful qualities is innocent and pure of purpose has a sense of honor based not on societys rules but on some higher principle has a knowledge of people and of life based on deep intuitive understanding not on formal learning loves nature and avoids town life and is on a quests for some higher truth in the natural world The first sign of nature in the novel is when the narrator gives the description of the prison door But on one side of the portal rooted almost at the threshold was a wild rose-bush covered in this month of June46 Where the root of all the dark and evil criminals live lies this rosebush If Hawthorne wanted us to believe that this prison was truly evil he would consider putting a weed a poisonous plant or nothing in its place The plant represents the beauty and purity nature possesses despite how close it is to the prison Even Pearl a direct representation of nature refers to the rose-bush When they are in the Governor Hall Mr Wilson ask Pearl where she came from with her hesitation the narrator mentions After putting her finger in her mouth with many ungracious refusals to answer good Mr Wilsons questions the child finally announced that she had not been made at all
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