The red dress depicts a feeling of passion. The little girl is adorned in pink, a color between the red and white, because she is still innocent and pure but age causes her to be infatuated with shiny things such as the woman’s gold and shiny pieces. She is too young to develop a wisdom that has value beyond material possessions. Cornelia and her children were historical Roman figures. She was a widow who lived to train and educate her children and was thought very highly of as a wise noble matron.
“Wherefore not; since all the powers of nature call so earnestly for the confession of sin, that these black weeds have sprung up out of a buried heart, to make manifest an unspoken crime?” This quote from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter, represents the truth upheld by a person, and how it carries with them through eternity. Hawthorne captures the truth of reality and sin in The Scarlet Letter. By using many literary devices, he reveals the truth of the Scarlet Letter and the characters in his novel. Being a novel during the romantic period, Hawthorne makes many symbolic and archetypical references to the power of nature, and the supernatural. Hawthorne uses these archetypes and symbols in addition to light motifs to demonstrate
The Scarlet Letter In a time where evil was believed to lurk amongst the puritan colonies, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Author of “The Scarlet Letter” discusses religious mind sets and prosecutions of the convicted sinners. The depth and complexities discussed in this historical fiction fulfills William Faulkner’s definition of a writer’s purpose. The writer has a responsibility which through Hester he shows the intensity of her experiences that she endeavored. William Faulkner delivered a classic speech upon receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature. Faulkner’s perspective on a writer’s responsibility should portray “love and honor and pity and pride and sacrifice”.
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a fantastic piece of American antitranscendentalism because in that it shows that humans are naturally evil, sinful, and guilty. Hawthorne's protagonist, Hester Prynne, shows in excellent example how human nature can be sinful. Although she is depicted as beautiful, angelic, and almost the epitome of perfection, Hawthorne reveals in his story how eyes are deceiving and humans are sinners by nature. Hawthorne writes, "Here, there was the taint of deepest sin in the most sacred quality of human life, working such effect, that the world was only the darker for this woman's beauty, and the more lost for the infant that she had borne," (Hawthorne, 39). Prynne commits adultery in the novel, one of the most unforgivable sins.
Alisa Key August 16, 2010 AP English 11 The Scarlet Letter The progression of Hester throughout The Scarlet Letter was dramatic and varied greatly. In the beginning of the book she was feeling ashamed, isolated, and shunned by the townspeople. To her, the “A” stood for more than adultery, it stood for “ashamed.” She was being imprisoned by the judgment of others; the lock was a simple scarlet letter. She was living while being haunted by her past. Even seeing her own daughter, Pearl, would sometimes bring up the emotion of her sin all over again.
By mid- speech Helen Keller feels "unspeakable happiness" with her ability to speak to close friends and family members and their large amount of support for her to do so. The relationship considered "tender", was spoken about in a way it seems she has full ability of her senses in order to emphasize her happiness. It allows the reader to understand her situation from a nondisabled perspective and how much talking to others has helped her to remain emotionally stable. Following her declaration of happiness she goes on to tell of times before she could communicate verbally. The transition from happiness to her struggles emphasizes the extent of pain she has
She is my happiness!- she is my torture, none the less! See ye not, she is the Scarlet Letter, only capable of being loved, and so endowed with a million fold the power of retribution for my sin? Ye shall not take her! I will die first!'"(109). In this quote, Pearl symbolizes that even with a horrid crime committed, that good can come out of it.
Then she had to survive on the ship for two months. To get to the colony she must lie to the captain and say there are people waiting for her. Her aunt and uncle really have no idea that Kit is coming. Kit finally makes it and makes a new friend. Kit makes an old lady friend named Hannah who is accused of being a witch and she must help her escape.
(personification) | "...his voice, though still rich and sweet, had a certain melancholy prophecy of decay in it." (pg106) | This is an example of metaphor because Hawthorne is comparing Mr. Dimmesdale's voice to a prophecy and gives it a depressing tone. (metaphor) | "...while their hearts are all speckled and spotted with iniquity of which they cannot rid themselves." (pg116) | Here "hearts" symbolizes the consciousness of not only sinners in general, but that of Dimmesdale's conscious which we know has been marred or at least should have been marred by the adultery he committed with Hester. (metaphor) | "... was admirably adapted to Pearl's beauty, and made her the very brightest little jet of flame that ever danced upon the earth."
English III, Period 1 11/7/2012 Innocent or Guilty Puritans lived their lives under the word and command of God. They had punishments for every kind of sin expressed in their holy book. So if this is the case what should have happened to baby Pearl? She was born into the Puritan world from a sin. In Nathaniel Hawthorn's, The Scarlet Letter, Pearl is the symbol of sin and adultery as portrayed by society.