The Scarlet Letter : Hawthorne

varnes, cora

english; strempek



The Scarlet Letter : Of What Does a Sinner Look?

The Scarlet Letter, is the featured novel, in this current circumstance; of which I am scheduled to introduce. the tale proceeds as such:

A woman, Hester Prynne, is tried, banished, and shunned by her village, in 17th century Puritan Boston. She wears the mark, on her bosom, of the scarlet letter so all will know her sin. Her sin; is the committing of adultery; whilst managing also to have a child with the man of whom she committed said crime with therein. She lives in a cottage outside of the village alone, far from anyone else, so that she will remain unbothered as well as obedient. during these shocking events, various simultaneous alternative, ones, occur in addition. Hester’s ex-lover, of whom does not claim genomes of which exist in that of her child, is a particularly jealous man of whom deems it necessary to infiltrate a humble, unprovocative, seemingly angelic physician so as to reside in the village his beloved, in the current timedoes as well. he is, in a very much real state, jealous. he is jealous and malicious towards the man of whom conceived a child with Hester. this man he wishes to seek. this man, whose identity he has not yet been offered, is his prey. this may very well be a concerning scenario. All of the occasions, previous, are then paired and violently engaged, so as to sum the bodily features of the plot, therein; as well as garnish it’s highness with the letter of scarlet, in various, varying states, of which proceeds as so in hiring the hue of which it has sworn–Scarlett–for representation in these, said, manners. the letter, of the royal shade, acts as an epitome for sin, holiness, and of course guilt. these, incognito, chromosomes are deliberately shy, so as to allow the reader distraction towards that of the paint, of which it –the letter of Scarlett– is smothered, that manages to severely pigment, several, intricately planted, objects whose existential purpose is intended to receive further contemplation. this is a recurring practice of Hawthorne’s and has achieved such a rank so as to attend the skeletal anatomy of the tale. 

For example, most notably, there is a selection of excerpts, of which i am to demonstrate so, of which tend to this sculpture generously. in the opening milestone of the novel, Hawthorne offers such an, unhealthily deliberate, emphasis on the roses of scarlet,

“This rose-bush, by a strange chance, has been kept alive in history; but whether it had merely survived out of stern old wilderness, so long after the fall of the gigantic pines oaks that originally overshadowed it, –or whether, as there is fair authority for believing, it had sprung up under the footsteps of the sainted Anne Hutchinson, as she entered the prison-door, –we shall not take upon us to determine. Finding it so directly on the threshold of our narrative, which is now about to issue from that inauspicious portal, we could hardly do otherwise than pluck one of its flowers, and present it to the reader. it may serve, let us hope, to symbolize some sweet moral blossom, that may be found along the track, or relieve the darkening close of a tale of human frailty and sorrow.” {p. 46 \ Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter}

It is quite obvious that this event applies to such a ranking of, scarlet, mascots. Pearl, the child of Hester, is quite regularly referenced, addressed and/or cited as a particularly pigmented young femme. she, according to her mother, the scarlet letter herself and is then, in later instances, given such titles of which phone various species of scarlet plumage, so as to draw the child as such. an example includes a plucked rose of scarlet announced like so; in having been inquired as to who made her, the child responds, “that she had not been made at all, but had been plucked by her mother off the bush of wild roses that grew by the prison door.“. In th(ese)is instance(s), the shade, and its significance, attend the plot an additional time. 

thus, this manner of which the text is presented is increasingly interesting. I very much enjoy the use of textual symbolism, though it is very theatrical, in the most un-theatrical of ways. Hawthorne has a propensity to deliver his mind in an, on occasional occasion, amusing manner, of which cites the classified from the writer to the reader. this is a notably casual approach to such a production and an arresting experience for a bystander such as myself.


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