Essay on Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

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I can passionately and adamantly tell you that Nathaniel Hawthorne has a God given talent of prolonging a story that could be told in five chapters or less. In reading The Scarlet Letter I have developed grey hair, a dislike for words such as ignominy and sagacious and intense abdominal pain. On the other hand, The Scarlet Letter didn’t totally set me off of literature written before the 1900’s; I’ll give it another try in 40 years or so. Yet, on a serious note Nathaniel Hawthorne was able to create a beautiful yet tragic story. When creating this famous piece of literature his attention to detail, use of foreshadowing, as well as symbolism brought the conflicts, theme and characters to life. In the following paragraphs you will see all three of these things come together to give a tragic story of devotion, secrets and internal suffering.

“God gave me the child!” cried she. “He gave her, in requital of all things else, which ye had taken from me. She is my happiness!—she is my torture, none the less! Pearl keeps me here in life! Pearl punishes me too! See ye not, she is the scarlet letter, only capable of being loved, and so endowed with a million-fold the power of retribution for my sin? Ye shall not take her! I will die first!” (Hawthorne 97)

Pearl is a recurring symbol, she is Hester’s daughter and the living proof of her sin. Yet, she is even more than that, she symbolizes everything Hester has lost and gained. When Hester references that Pearl is her…

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