Essay on The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

1110 Words Feb 10th, 2015 5 Pages
Throughout Hawthorne’s novel, he constructs an elaborate framework in order to address the sins of adultery, hypocrisy, vengeance, and man’s inhumanity to man. In the first eight chapters of The Scarlet Letter, he examines the sin of adultery, manifested in Hester Prynne. However, without the triad of Pearl and Hester Prynne versus the Puritan community, Hawthorne would not have been able to effectively communicate the themes of this portion of the book to the reader, nor would he have been able to build to many of the themes later revealed in the novel. The triad between Hester, Pearl, and the Puritans contributes to the themes of The Scarlet Letter the most because it enables the author to show the sin of adultery and its consequences in 1642 Puritan Boston, as well as paint Hester and her daughter as outcasts in the community and examine the relationship this causes between the mother and daughter.
Through Chapter 8 of The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne utilizes a triad between Hester, Pearl, and the Puritans in order to clearly convey his themes related to the sin of adultery and its repercussions to the reader. In Chapter 2, he employs this triad in the scaffold scene, during which Hester is forced to display her sin, embodied by Pearl, to the entire community. Later in the scene he writes, “with the scarlet token of infamy on her breast; with the sin-born infant in her arms; with a whole people, drawn forth as to a festival,” (39). This quotation demonstrates how,…

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