The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

1020 Words Nov 20th, 2015 5 Pages
There is a distinct and obvious difference between great literature and extraordinary literature. Many novels are written very well, and have a captivating surface level story. But truly profound literature can be investigated far beneath its surface level, and contains far reaching metaphors, themes, and other forms of figurative language throughout. The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, would fall under this category of truly thoughtful writing that can be explored far deeper than most. The novel The Scarlet Letter is focused around three central scaffold scenes that each contain much significance about the main characters in them and the story as a whole. The initial scaffold scene, in chapter three, lays much of the groundwork for the rest of the novel. This scene introduces the reader to Roger Chillingworth, Hester’s husband, who is present in the scene along with Reverend Dimmesdale. This is one of the few times where all three main characters are present together, hinting to the reader that this is a very important scene. However, the significance of this scene is not merely derived from the characters’ presence, but their positions in relation to the scaffold. Hester, of course, is the one standing on the scaffold, to be publicly reprimanded for her sin. Dimmesdale, the holy magistrate, is on the church balcony overseeing the punishment. At this moment Dimmesdale knows he should not be standing where he is, and this is where his guilt begins to initially well…

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