Essay about The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne
American Lit H.
30 October 2014
Go to Jstor for Lit Crits An ineradicable contention for humanity. Society against nature; law and order against true, unequivocal freedom. Set in a seventeenth-century Puritan community, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne revolves around the adultery of Hester Prynne with pastor Arthur Dimmesdale. Hester is shunned by her society, and begins to find solace in the wilderness. Hawthorne was an iconic Romanticist (a style that emerged in the late eighteenth century) who adhered to the principles of romanticism. A unifying theme between all romantic authors was the idea that human society was not to be trusted while nature was a beacon for freedom and happiness. Hawthorne did not hide his allegiance in the fight between society and nature; his book exposed many innate problems with society that can be seen to this day.
The book starts at an old wooden jail and at a rosebush. The two ideologies, society and nature, are established here. The jail is described as old and unsightly; it embodies the restrictive, harsh and archaic laws of society. The jail holds Hester Prynne, a victim of civilization. Hester ended up in the prison for committing the worst crime of all: a crime against the authority of civilization, a crime of love and passion. Hester was chained down by society; it forced her to remain with an uncaring husband who lived across the world. Her actions and behavior were all controlled by society and…