Essay on The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne And The Crucible

1356 Words Nov 2nd, 2015 6 Pages
In the "The Scarlet Letter" and "The Crucible," both authors Nathaniel Hawthorne and Arthur Miller argues that one 's individual conscience should take precedence over the rules of one 's religion. For short, a person should follow their own beliefs and conscience thoughts before following their religious virtues. Both authors show evidence that supports their claim in their novels by using Pathos. By using pathos, both authors ' were even able to convince me into agreeing with their statement. Nathaniel Hawthorne uses the rhetorical strategy pathos to appeal to the reader 's emotions. That technique comes in handy when trying to persuade their audiences into using their own personal experiences and emotions as a personal representation to the authors claim. In "The Scarlet Letter" Hawthorne uses pathos to connect the audience with Hester Prynne in a more emotional and personal level. Hawthorne uses pathos to convince readers that Hester Prynne is truly not a terrible person, even though she committed a sin against her own religion "Thus the young and pure would be taught to look at her, with the scarlet letter flaming on her breast,—at her, the child of honorable parents,—at her, the mother of a babe, that would hereafter be a woman, —at her, who had once been innocent, —as the figure, the body, the reality of sin" (5.1). An example of pathos being used in The Scarlet Letter is when Hester argued against the right of being able to keep Pearl in her life. In…

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