One of the most modern of writers, Hawthorne is relevant in theme and attitude. Hawthorne rounds off the puritan cycle in American writing - belief in the existence of an active evil the devil and in a sense of determinism the concept of predestination. Alienation - a character is in a state of isolation because of self-cause, or societal cause, or a combination of both. Initiation - involves the attempts of an alienated character to get rid of his isolated condition.
Consequences of Sin and Guilt: In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne is not overly concerned with the sin that has been committed; he is more concerned with the results of the sin, with its effect on the persons involved.
The Christian view however, is that the sin itself as well as its effects are to be considered. And to him motives are important. Furthermore, the Bible condemns sin in all its forms.
Hawthorne shows the woman suffering public shame and contempt, the sensitive and disturbed minister who hides his participation in the sin withering inside, and the jealous old man, Chillingworth, addicted by the madness of revenge.
Although many critics view Hester in a positive way, some liberal one sees her as degenerating spiritually since her thoughts are on earthly love as is clear in her conversation with Dimmesdale during their meeting in the forest. It is also said that she "handles her guilt more successfully than Dimmesdale because her conscience is less highly developed than his" Crews Those who see her positively emphasize the transformation that she undergoes.
Over the course of the years, she becomes involved in performing acts of charity and kindness to people in the community and shows her care and concern for the sick, the poor and the dying. Hawthorne observes that ". Arthur Dimmesdale suffers during the seven years of silence.
The source of his anguish is the regret he feels for his sin. Guilt eats away at his very soul and threatens to destroy him.
Concerning the close relationship between the mind and the body, Ellen White writes: Frederick Crews comments on the devastating effects of guilt: The breach which guilt has once made into the human soul is never, in this mortal state, repaired.
It may be watched and guarded; so that the enemy shall not force his way again into the citadel, and might even, in his subsequent assaults, select some other avenue, in preference to that where he had formerly succeeded.
But there is still the ruined wall, and near it, the stealthy tread of the foe that would win over again his unforgotten triumph.
The original foe of his tranquility was guilt, guilt for his thoughtless surrender to passion. Turner agrees that guilt destroys the minister. Dimmesdale thinks his concealment to be a sin, and this is what delivers him into the hands of Chillingworth, who exclaims at the time of the final confession that in no other way could his victim have escaped him Rodger Chillingworth, who enters the story as Hester stands on the scaffold, waits with fiendish patience to destroy the soul of his patient.The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Searchable etext. Discuss with other readers. Recent Forum Posts on The Scarlet Letter. The two share a single tombstone, which bears a scarlet “A.” “A new grave was delved, near an old and sunken one, in that burial-ground beside which King's Chapel has since been built. It was near that. Nathaniel Hawthorne () Iconic American author (The Scarlet Letter,”The Minister’s Black Veil”), and shy friend to Transcendentalists Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, author Herman Melville, and president Franklin Pierce who Hawthorne met at Bowdoin College.
Symbol and Interpretation in Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter. By Dr. Stephanie Carrez paper delivered at the conference of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, celebrating the Hawthorne bicentennial in .
Feb 20, · The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Scarlet Letter is the tragic story of a woman's shame and the cruel treatment she suffers at the hands of the Puritan society in which she lives.
A settler in New England, Hester Prynne has waited two years for her husband, an ageing English scholar, to join her.
The Scarlet Letter: A Romance, an novel, is a work of historical fiction written by American author Nathaniel Hawthorne. It is considered his "masterwork". Set in 17th-century Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony, during the years to , it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who conceives a daughter through an affair and struggles to Publisher: Ticknor, Reed & Fields.
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, the scaffold scenes represent the theme that what happens in the dark will eventually come to light. [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Book Analysis] Strong Essays words | ( pages) | Preview.
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