One well-known example in Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter is where the scarlet letter "A" pinned to Hester Prynne's breast represents adultery. The scarlet letter also has other, more subtle meanings. Also, the thesis investigates the main resources of Hawthorne's symbolic images. 1.2 Background of the study Symbolism in literature is the deep and hidden meaning in a piece of work. It is often used to represent a moral or religious belief or value.
In Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter, he focuses on the conflicting views of society and nature in the Puritan society and uses contrast, symbolism, and imagery to convey his beliefs. From the beginning of the novel, color was used symbolically, representing everything from life to death; punishment to freedom. The color red was used throughout the novel, most notably as the scarlet letter. A letter “A” was forced upon Hester’s chest by the Puritan society as punishment for her sin of adultery in the beginning of the novel, with gold lining surrounding a vibrant, red cloth. It felt to Hester as though the red cloth emanated a “burning heat; and as if the letter were not of red cloth, but red-hot iron” (30).
Background: In the Catholic view on Judgment Day (or the Last Judgment or Apocalypse) all the dead and alive people in the world will be judged fairly in front of God and the good will be separated from the bad. According to Christian belief, the body and the soul are separate entities that become separated with death. On Judgment Day, the souls and the bodies will unite once again to be judged for the last time. Lines 5-7 describe the types of people whom will be judged. In “All whom the flood did,” we see a reference to Genesis, in which the flood killed everyone but Noah’s family, who survived on the ark.
Through a close study of the narrative structure, relationships and detective fiction the reader will gain a better understanding of the distinctive elements of this novel. In the book “Curious” Mark Haddon has used an interesting narrative structure to convey the effects of Christopher Boone as the distinctive narrator. A distinctive feature we see in “Curious” is the use of Narrative Digressions. Haddon has structured this novel so that about every second chapter we see a Narrative digression which throws the story into pause and in these narrative digressions he goes into unneeded subjects such as Christopher listing all of his behavioural problems Christopher says “I used to think mother and father would get divorced” this digression had followed Ed Boone stating that he wanted to leave Swindon and live somewhere else. Christopher stating all these behavioural problems shows us his thought pattern.
Night By: Elie Wiesel Essay Language has the ability to impact the tone and mood of a piece of literature. Through the use of language, an author is able to piece to convey the emotions and feelings of a particular experience. The language Elie Wiesel uses in his memoir Night shows the horror the Jews has to suffer through in order to survive another day. With this use of language he is able to effectively display the emotions of his hardship. In the memoir Night, Elie Wiesel uses diction, figurative language and syntax in order to show the reader the agony in which the Jews had to endure.
Through their works the human condition is brought forth, it becomes an agent of change. Both authors take on the challenge of racism from a different world view and personal perspective. Nadine Gordimer penned a story about love and the racial and socio-economic differences that destroy it; while Alice Walker authored a story of one lady’s daring journey to transcend racial boundaries through her faith. How do these stories impact prejudices and racism, what does each story wish to convey? We will look at these short stories and analyze the message and its meaning.
In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses the symbolism of the letter “A” and the Jail in the Puritan town to portray the theme of sin, and show how the puritans, despite their biggest beliefs and deepest desires for a utopian society, looked to seek out sin and punish it publically because they knew that ultimately sin was inevitable as it was human nature. The theme of sin is a reoccurring phenomenon throughout the book, and ultimately an integral part of the story’s plot and moral. The symbolism that the author conveys through the mentioning and description of the Jail in the center of the Puritan town clearly shows how immense the desire to punish sin, which the puritans realize is inevitable, really is. The letter “A” serves as a symbol that portrays the importance of seeking and labeling out sinners to the puritans in their society. The theme of sin, and its inevitability and punishment in the puritan society, is clearly conveyed by Hawthorne through the symbolism of the town Jail in The Scarlet Letter.
From this starting point, I would like to show how Hawthorne stages the interpretative process within The Scarlet Letter, and how this provides keys for the reader on how to read them. The word "symbol" and its meaning in The Scarlet Letter: First, I would like to provide a few basic elements on the definitions of allegory and symbol as I will use them in this analysis. Starting from that definition, Poe's analysis of Hawthorne's works as "allegorical" can be qualified, especially in The Scarlet Letter in which Hawthorne blatantly refuses some key aspects of an allegorical mode of representation. I
“God”. In this entire poem he uses imagery and metaphor to describe Christ. Also he sues an AA-BB rhyme in the first stanza. On the other hand we know that there is evil, which is always represented by lucifer. Biblical allusion to lucifer as the tyger.
IB English B Cat: 3 Extended Essay EXTENDED ESSAY RESEARCH QUESTION How and why does David Mitchell emphasize morality in his novel, Cloud Atlas? 1 ABSTRACT How and why does David Mitchell emphasize morality in his novel, Cloud Atlas? An exploratory, qualitative study, focused on discovering the various ways morality is presented. Using literary analysis of themes, characters and methodological ideas supported with quotations were crucial to answer my research question. Characters from the book that emerged together through the six different but interlinked stories, were described as being ‘aware’ of their moral values.