The book I read is “Scarlett Letter” a novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne and based on an 1850’s romantic work of fiction in a historical setting. A story talks about adultery in the 1850’s and a woman that has committed what back then is considered one of the worst crimes. The story main character is Hester Prynne and the characters surrounding her in the story are Pearl, Roger Chillingworth, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, Governor Bellingham, Mistress Hibbins, and Reverend Wilson. Hester has been scorned for committing adultery and these surround characters make up the people that are a big part of what is happening in the story. The story begins in seventeenth-century Boston in a Puritan settlement.
He was unknown to the Capulet and Montague families, but a good friend of Friar Lawrence who allegedly gave him a letter to give Romeo informing him that Juliet was not really dead. Friar John was unable to deliver the letter to Romeo in Mantua as there was an infectious disease stopping him from leaving his house (Act Five, Scene Two). Friar John’s actions contributed to the suicides as they if the letter was delivered to Romeo, in result he would not have taken the poison which also lead to Juliet’s death. Friar John may not have had any motive towards these two suicides, but his actions were a large contribution towards
Hawthorne also used the scaffold, as well as lightness and darkness as symbols in the novel. All of these symbols represent the sin of Hester Prynne in some
Hester Prynne: A Casualty in her own Erotic War. In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne’s depiction of Hester Prynne’s inner turmoil can be viewed and deliberated on in numerous ways. As the reader myself, Hester’s inner turmoil is given off as that when she is denying her secret of Dimmesdale being her lover, she wishes she could deny that anything between them ever happened. Whenever Hester would think about her sin of adultery, Hester would in turn feel sick to her stomach. To me it looks as though Hester believes that Dimmesdale and herself could be together, but will not be able to on this earth before they die.
Nathaniel Hawthorne also employs the use of syntax as a stylistic means. His sentences are generally excessively long, going into much unnecessary details. Oftentimes the book is difficult to understand due to Olde English words and style ("Scarlet Letter" 1). The structure and longevity and word choice Nathaniel Hawthorne utilizes
However he had a tragic flaw but him confessing leads up to his tragic death that causes the audience to feel sympathy. John Proctor’s downfall is initiated by a human flaw which was his inability to control and resist his desire. When his wife Elizabeth got sick began to catch feelings for Abigail. When John Proctor stated “but I will cut off my hand before I’ll ever reach out for you” (page 15, act one) he shows how at one point he was having an affair behind his wife back and this lead up to all the madness in the town of Salem. When Abigail was talking to Proctor she says “She is telling lies to about me!
Dhruv Patel Davis American 16 October 2014 The Death Though Hypocrisy Hypocrisy is the practice of claiming to have moral standards or believes to which one’s own behavior does not conform. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester, a woman from England moved to Boston, sinned and had a baby with someone other than her husband. She has a girl named Pearl. Hester’s punishment for adultery this is stand on the scaffold for a day in with the letter ‘A’ on her chest. After seven years Pearl finds out that her dad is Dimmesdale, a minister, and they plan to leave to go to England three days later.
After committing the sin of adultery, Hester Prynne endured her coarse punishment of standing on the scaffold and wearing an embroidered “A” on her chest. The theme of this chapter is that no sin, as heinous as adultery, will go unpunished. Unlike Dimmsdale, who hadn’t been condemned for his sin, Hester beared her punishment of being publicly humiliated given to her by the stringent puritans. Instead, Dimmsdale experienced a punishment of great suffering out of guilt. Hester Prynne, the wife of a learned, English-man, was accused of being with another man while her husband was said to soon be joining Hester in Massachusetts.
And also, even if one of them is true, no one will ever know because no one was able to ask Dimmesdale what actually happened. I think that a message Hawthorne is trying to send is that people shouldn’t listen to all the stories they hear, or in this day in age read in a magazine, because people bend the truth. Another account of what had happened on the scaffold that day, which is highly different then the two previous ones given, is from the highly respected clergyman's point of view. The witnesses denied “any mark whatsoever on his breast”(310). They also said that his last words never acknowledged or implied “the slightest connection, on his part, with
Odysseus agrees to give him a proper burial. The next soul that Odysseus sees is glimpse of his mother but, gets distracted when Teiresias appears and warns him about the things lies ahead. Teiresias predicts that Odysseus will return home alone to his wife but will find trouble within his palace. Therefore, he has to destroy the suitors. Teiresias continues to tell Odysseus that he has to make another trip to sacrifice to god Poseidon.