William Shakespeare 's The Scarlet Letter And Mark Huckleberry Finn

1021 Words Dec 7th, 2015 5 Pages
Appearance and aesthetics play an important role in day to day life. First impression, facial expressions, and familiar faces are key to one 's development within a society. Different societies place different emphasis on the importance and characteristics of a person 's appearance. This is the same within different literary genres. Realism, as a genre, shows the world in a plain and simplistic view. Everything is simply as it seems. As a genre, Romanticism, portrays the world in a mystical manner. The audience must read between the lines in order to find the true meaning of a literary piece. This differentiation and importance, based on common roles within a novel, are often more easily found in a characters appearance. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter and Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, father figures’, love interests’, children’s, and antagonists’ appearances reflect the differences between the Romantic and Realist literary movements and the characters’ depictions within a novel. In modern society, fatherly figures are described as men who are respected for their paternal qualities. In Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter an explicit father figure does not exist in fact, there is a distinct lack of one. Pearl Prynne 's father, Arthur Dimmesdale, refuses to acknowledge that this child, birthed out of wedlock, is his own. Hawthorne portrays him as “suffering under bodily disease, and gnawed and tortured by some black trouble of the…

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