The "Real" Conflict in Nathaniel Hawthorne's: The Scarlet Letter

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Name Removed IBH English A1 26 October 2008 ----- Essay Outline ----- Title: Through which elements/characters is the “real” conflict portrayed in The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne? Introduction: a. Central Idea: Hawthorne uses three main characters to portray the main conflict present at the heart of the novel. b. Thesis statement: The underlying conflict in the story is portrayed by the three main characters who serve as conflicts in and of themselves: Hester, who stands for sin versus purity (Pearl), Dimmesdale who stands for affection and affliction (hate/dislike), and Chillingworth who stands for good versus bad – or evil, rather. Body: a. Hester who is depicted as an adulterer and unlawful sinner gives birth to her daughter, Pearl, who is described throughout the book as a fairy/imp/cheerful/joyful creation. b. Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale whose appearance changes throughout the book is the depiction of affection versus affliction. c. Chillingworth is the prime example of the good versus evil in the book because he is doing what he sees to be good when in fact his actions are evil. Conclusion: Topic sentence: The underlying conflict at the heart of the novel is depicted by three strategically placed characters in the story: Hester, Dimmesdale and Chillingworth – each depicted a separate “sub-conflict.” ----- Essay ----- Through which elements/characters is the “real” conflict portrayed in The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne? “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathanial Hawthorne takes place in the nineteenth century in a clichéd Puritan society. There is a conflict presented to the reader at the beginning of the story. That conflict is adultery and ultimately the controlling power of guilt, however it’s simply outside façade masking the real conflict lying behind the text. The author uses three main characters to portray
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