The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

1017 Words Jun 1st, 2016 5 Pages
Everyone focuses on something in life, whether it is getting good grades at school, being the most popular kid in school and on social media, or work and that is not bad by itself. Everyone has their list of priorities and something has to be at the top of that list. If asked, some may say family or religion and truly mean it. For others, money, power, possessions, and even narcotics are possible answers to the question,”what is the most important thing to you?” And the reason why plays a large part in the effects it has on the person’s life and the lives of those around him. For it is the mindset towards the obsession that a person has that determines the short and long-term effects it will have. Nathaniel Hawthorne shows this almost perfectly in his book, The Scarlet Letter, through the lives and trials of Hester, Dimmesdale, and Roger, each with their differing frames of mind about the events that occur. Even though other characters in Boston, and even Hester herself, only see the Scarlet Letter when they look at her, she understands that it doesn 't define her and that she decides what it symbolizes. While the Scarlet letter is an important part of her life and character, she doesn 't let it be the end all of her lifestyle. For example, Hawthorne often uses heavy symbolism to describe this fact, like in Governor Bellingham’s manor, when Hester and Pearl glance into the suit of armor. “The scarlet letter was represented in exaggerated and gigantic proportions, so as…

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