Essay on Analysis Of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's ' The Scarlet Letter '

1009 Words Apr 11th, 2016 5 Pages
Nathaniel Hawthorne is widely known for his mysterious, symbolic, and thought provoking work. Contrary to popular belief, he was not born Nathaniel Hawthorne but in fact added the W in his last name in order to unlink himself from his lineage. Specifically, Hawthorne’s uncle, John Hathorne, was a judge in the Salem Witch Trials. Foreseeing judgment for his family name, Hawthorne had the bright idea to transform it so, in turn, his literary work would be viewed unbiased and he would get the credit he deserved. In his lifetime, Hawthorne composed several short stories and several very popular novels. To this day, his work is analyzed in classrooms nationwide. Hawthorne’s most popular novel is “The Scarlet Letter”. In one of his most popular short stories, “The Birthmark”, Hawthorne utilizes symbolism and foreshadowing in order to convey his stance about science winning out over nature. By Hawthorne’s use of symbolism, he illustrates how the birthmark that stains Georgiana’s cheek is in the shape of a hand due to the fact nature had a hand in the flaw on her face. Hawthorne describes to readers, “But if any shifting motion caused her to turn pale there was the mark again, a crimson stain upon the snow, in what Aylmer sometimes deemed as an almost fearful distinctness. Its shape bore not a little similarity to the human hand, though of the smallest pygmy size” (Hawthorne 341). Narrating Aylmer’s repugnance towards the crimson hand on his wife’s otherwise beautiful face,…

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