Ambiguity Of The 's The Scarlet Letter By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Today, ambiguity can be seen in many pieces of well-known literature, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. Ambiguous statements and phrases are meant to leave imagination to the reader. To use ambiguity in literature is not meant to confuse, but rather it is for the reader to visualize what he or she believes it to be. To use clarity in literature, on the other hand, does not necessarily leave a less important message but a less deep meaning than those of ambiguous statements. Ambiguity enables the reader to interpret a variety of phrases into what they believe and want it to be. It gives the audience freedom, which is desired in literature to escape reality. To give clarity to a reader limits an individual’s imagination, therefore disabling freedom and ultimately making the literature undesirable to read. Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis leaves every reader with various ambiguous meanings. However, Kafka meant to do this under the premise that it would assist the reader to think of his or her own life with a deeper meaning. The deplorable tale of Gregor Samsa lets us take a closer look into our lives to think more deeply about each of our identities as individuals, about the volatility and uncertainty of what we think to be fixed in the society that surrounds us, and also about the dangers, threats, mysteries and wonders throughout the course of our own metamorphosis in life. In today’s society, it is hard to…

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