The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay example

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Horace was a Roman poet who held that, "Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant." During times of hardship, the true potential and complexity of a person’s capabilities and character are revealed. Turmoil triggers the talents that appear only when adversity is faced. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 17th century novel, The Scarlet Letter, the main characters face adversity. The setting of the novel is in a strict, theocratic Puritan community that is unforgiving of sins. The main characters struggle with internal and external conflicts throughout the novel. The challenges that the characters are forced to come to terms with draws out a version of themselves that heavily contrasts the people they were prior to the difficulty that is faced in the plot of the novel. Adversity has the ability to elicit talents that which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant, as shown by the prosperous growth and personal development of the protagonist and supporting characters.
One approach that the author uses to show how adversity elicits certain aptitudes of those it ensues is by illustrating the ingenuity and individuality of the protagonist. The meaning of the scarlet letter changes throughout the story. “Many people refused to interpret the scarlet A by its original signification. They said that it meant able; so strong was Hester Prynne, with a woman’s strength” (Hawthorne 146).It evolves along with the characters,…

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