Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter Essay

1753 Words Nov 24th, 2016 8 Pages
Nathaniel Hawthorne portrays sin to its best form in the novel The Scarlet letter. All throughout this novel, the act of sin is prevalent in almost every chapter. Nathaniel Hawthorne is known for portraying one solid concept throughout his novels. He also uses symbolism to portray human condition, knowledge, and sin in a different way. The tone exhibits a type of serious feel throughout the story, which has an impact on the ways that Hawthorne describes the different symbolisms. Another way the Scarlet letter can be interpreted is through the different analysis of the characters throughout the story. Nathaniel Hawthorne uses symbolism and irony to show how the main characters illustrate the themes of sin, revenge, and light and dark imagery. Nathaniel Hawthorne uses symbolism in his story to create a different idea of how people view characteristics in society differently, three main examples in The Scarlet Letter being: human condition, knowledge, and most commonly, sin. Although he depicts these concepts in a simple way, their overall impact on the reader is more complex than it seems. The letter “A” is embroidered on Hester Prynne’s chest because of the crime she committed, adultery. The letter “A” had much more significance than just punishment for the crime she committed this letter was represented by the words “In Adam’s Fall/We sinned all” with the overall meaning that “We are all guilty, not of adultery, but of Adam’s sin” (Austin). Not only does this letter…

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