Themes Of The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay

1590 Words Nov 20th, 2015 7 Pages
Themes are very apparent and are found in practically every work of literature. There are many different types of themes which are used to express what a work is about, and help the reader create a better understanding of what the story is telling. These themes are exhibited by the many different characters found in the Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and assist the reader into going more in depth into the personal characteristics and inner-workings of each individual character, as they each show signs of one or more of the three main themes of the novel. The themes alienation, appearance versus reality, and breaking society’s rules are common in different literary works, but are extremely apparent in The Scarlet Letter.
Being isolated, or alienated from society was common during the time of Puritans, and the setting of The Scarlet Letter is no different. Due to the Puritan’s religious views and beliefs, they were very strict and god-fearing when it came to following order, to prevent any subject of committing a sin. Pearl, like many other characters, was alienated. Pearl, however, didn’t bring this isolation on herself. “All this enmity and passion had Pearl inherited, by inalienable right, out of Hester’s heart” (Hawthorne 91). She was born with the burden of the scarlet letter, all because of Hester. As Hawthorne puts it, “Pearl was born an outcast of the infantile world” (90), which perfectly describes her dilemma. Pearl is outcasted by her fellow child, and is…

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