Themes Of Anti-Transcendentalism

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In the Anti-Transcendentalism era you lived in a Puritan society, you had to live life based on the religion which was Christianity. The Anti-Transcendentalism period was in the 19th century and anti-transcendentalism was a literary movement that focused on the dark side of humanity and the evilness and guilt of sin. Themes of that period were suspense, sin, dark settings, and symbolism. Those themes were portrayed in The Scarlet Letter, ‘The Minister’s Black Veil, and “Young Goodman Brown”. The Scarlet Letter exemplified suspense because no one knew who Pearls dad was except Hester and Dimmesdale. The town wanted to know so they can persecute him because he committed a sin. “The Minister’s Black Veil exemplified symbolism because no one knew …show more content…
As I said in the intro you weren’t living right if it’s not through Christ. So anything that didn’t represent Christianity like adultery it was a sin. If you wore a black veil that was a sin and if you worshipped the devil it was a sin. Nathaniel showed how corrupt the world was through his novels. He showed how it emphasized war, diseases, natural disasters, murders, etc. The anti-transcendentalism period was a dark one, you only could do a limited amount of things in a Puritan society. Themes of that period were suspense, sin, dark settings, and symbolism. Those themes were portrayed in The Scarlet Letter, ‘The Minister’s Black Veil, and “Young Goodman Brown”. The Scarlet Letter exemplified suspense because no one knew who Pearls dad was except Hester and Dimmesdale. The town wanted to know so they can persecute him because he committed a sin. “The Minister’s Black Veil exemplified symbolism because no one knew why the minister was wearing the black veil which symbolized sin that the reader knows of. The reader would think it symbolized a physical implement of sin because he couldn’t take it off just like you can’t just remove your sin and even when he died people tried to take it off but they couldn’t. “Young Goodman Brown” exemplified suspense because Brown wife is abducted but Brown doesn’t know for sure. Those were the main ways of how he showed that

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