Analysis Of Hawthorne 's ' The Scarlet Letter ' Essay

1853 Words May 4th, 2016 8 Pages
Hawthorne’s Hester Every word and every sentence is carefully selected by Nathaniel Hawthorne in The Scarlet Letter. Every part of the work portrays meaning and every part is important. Therefore, to get an unabridged analysis of a character in the book, the reader must look at each action of the character and the character’s image in the book as a whole. Imagery, symbolism, and setting are important factors to take into account of throughout a literary work. Imagery denotes the visual description of the language. For instance, a point of imagery in The Scarlet Letter can be seen in the statement, “and in the deep forest, where only the old trees can hear, and the strip of sky see it, he talks with thee, sitting on a heap of moss!” (Hawthorne146). Hawthorne, uses descriptive language and personification to create an image in the mind of the reader. Symbolism is an object or idea used as a representation for a different object or idea. Symbolism is often used to connect an object and a person with their characteristics. An example of symbolism in The Scarlett Letter is the rose bush outside of the prison gate. The rose bush symbolizes Hester, the protagonist of the novel. The setting of a work is the basic layout of the story, indicating where and when the literary work takes place. The setting of The Scarlett Letter is mid- seventeenth century New England, specifically Boston, Massachusetts Bay colony. A deep analysis of imagery, symbolism, and setting in The Scarlet…

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