A review of the scarlet letter by nathaniel hawthorne

When Pearl is seven years old, while walking with her mother one evening they spot him on a scaffold and the two join him and hold hands. This could be symbolic for his ugly character.

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Nor are hints wanting that this phase of the theme had been canvassed in Hawthorne's mind. The history of the race abundantly demonstrates that a chief cause of moral perversity and false principle has been our assumption of absolute proprietorship in either the good or the evil of our actions.

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All have felt the allurement of temptation, but few realize the sequel of yielding to it. Redemption is available to those who work for it. But the scarlet letter uplifts the theme from the material to the spiritual level. Instead of keeping pathetically in the background, as a guiltless unfortunate whose life was blighted before it began, this strange little being, with laughing defiance of precedent and propriety, takes the reins in her own childish hands, and dominates every one with whom she comes in contact. Haunted by his dark family history and more specially their involvement in the "martyrdom of witches" the "Salem Witch Trials" in , the writer kept exploring throughout his work, this disturbing past. A lot or a little? And was this the man?

Very shortly after, he dies but he bids them farewell first. She chooses the latter: but at this point her course is swayed by a providential circumstance with which society had nothing to do.

It would be interesting parenthetically to draw a parallel between Pearl and Beatrice, in Rappaccini's Daughter.

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The ill-assorted pair make their first home in Amsterdam; but at length, tidings of the Puritan colony in Massachusetts reaching them, they prepare to emigrate thither.

By chance, in his own time, Hawthorne was not alone in wanting to explore the mysteries of the American psyche through fiction. Like most classic literature, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is not light reading so you have to invest the time.

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She even does charitable work, which allows her eventually to return to the good graces of the townspeople. Not the less he shall be mine! Of course, this is only another way of saying that hypocrisy is the most destructive to the soul of all sins; and meanwhile we may comfort ourselves with the old proverb that hypocrisy itself is the homage which vice pays to virtue, or, if the inward being of society were in harmony with its outward seeming, heaven would appear on earth. Creation goes along with "Transformation", a personal transformation. Not only is she free from repression of this kind, but she avouches herself the most vivid and active figure in the story. She survives by doing embroidery for people in the town — Prynne does embroidery on gloves, robes, dresses and so on. The perfectibility of man being infinite, the best man and the worst man alike must fall infinitely short of perfection: but every one can account honestly for such talents as he has; and it is always the motive, never the achievement, the sincerity, not the sound, that Divine Justice regards.

As with one passion, so with another! She mocks and persecutes her mother, so long as the latter would disguise from her the true significance of the badge.

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