The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

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Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter has been read throughout high schools in America for years; but, why? One may argue many reasons, but Hawthorne 's use of literary elements as well as tone throughout the book allows for readers to have a deeper understanding of the plot. Hawthorne facilitates thus through the use of symbolism, in which an optimistic tone can be seen. Additionally, throughout the novel, he incorporates imagery in which a somber tone prevails. Hawthorne gives readers one more treat by using figurative language through an ever growing intruding tone. The use of these three elements in correlation to what they depict allows for The Scarlet Letter to be superior to most novels. In short, by using literary elements to display optimistic tones, somber tones, alongside intruding tones allows for The Scarlett Letter to give readers a better understanding of the plot.
To begin, throughout the novel The Scarlet Letter, the use of symbolism flourishes; many times, the use of symbolism conveys an optimistic tone. By using an optimistic tone Hawthorne helps readers escape the Puritan society which penalizes Hester, by allowing the bright spots to come forward. During the scaffold scene, the narrator points out the one bright spot a prisoner has, “a wild rose bush, covered, in this month of June, with its delicate gems, which might be imagined to offer their fragrance and fragile beauty to the condemned criminal as he came forth his doom” (Hawthorne 46). By…

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