Anti Transcendentalism : The Scarlet Letter, The Minister 's Black Veil, And Young Goodman Brown

1008 Words Jan 26th, 2016 5 Pages
In the Anti-Transcendentalism era you lived in a Puritan society, you had to live life based on the religion which was Christianity. The Anti-Transcendentalism period was in the 19th century and anti-transcendentalism was a literary movement that focused on the dark side of humanity and the evilness and guilt of sin. Themes of that period were suspense, sin, dark settings, and symbolism. Those themes were portrayed in The Scarlet Letter, ‘The Minister’s Black Veil, and “Young Goodman Brown”. The Scarlet Letter exemplified suspense because no one knew who Pearls dad was except Hester and Dimmesdale. The town wanted to know so they can persecute him because he committed a sin. “The Minister’s Black Veil exemplified symbolism because no one knew why the minister was wearing the black veil which symbolized sin that the reader knows of. The reader would think it symbolized a physical implement of sin because he couldn’t take it off just like you can’t just remove your sin and even when he died people tried to take it off but they couldn’t. “Young Goodman Brown” exemplified suspense because Brown wife is abducted but Brown doesn’t know for sure. In The Scarlet Letter suspense played a huge part because that’s what really built up the story. Also symbolism played a huge role in the story to because Hester had to wear an A which symbolized adulterer. Hester had to wear the A because when her husband left off to sea he didn’t come back when he was suppose to so she thought…

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